Local soccer fans got to watch one of of the most surprising outcomes in World Cup history on a big screen TV in downtown Edmonton.
The city set up a ten by six foot screen in the plaza south of the Stanley Milner library on Tuesday, allowing about 100 fans to watch Germany dominate Brazil by a score of 7-1.
While the result was one-sided, fans welcomed the chance to watch the match while enjoying the warm, sunny weather.
“This is awesome, man. Look at the skies. You know, it’s great sound, it’s a perfect set up right here,” said Ahmad Majad.
The initiative is also a boon for the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Organizers are pleased soccer is getting so much exposure before the next month’s matches at Commonwealth Stadium.
“We believe that the energy that's come from Brazil can be carried over right here in our own city,” said venue general manager Trisa Zimmerman.
“And to come to Commonwealth Stadium and watch soccer live, it’s just an incredible experience and an opportunity that we all have.”
The first Edmonton match will be played August 5 when Germany takes on the United States.