Following in the footsteps of two successful free World Cup viewing parties at Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza, the Galaxy hosts another at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Veteran’s Park in Redondo Beach when the U.S. takes on Belgium in the knockout round of 16.
If you haven’t yet caught one, this is the day to play hookey from work or school since it’s not only win or go home, but the atmosphere is infectious and about as close to being in Brazil as you can get, Galaxy President Chris Klein told me this morning:
“The location in the South Bay is something you only see down in Rio,” he said.
But get there early (the Galaxy suggest 11 a.m.) given the 1,500-plus or so who showed up in Hermosa:
Parking is available at the Pier parking structure north of Torrance Circle, the George Freeth Parking lot immediately west of the park, the Pier Plaza parking structure at the south end of Harbor Drive and the west end of Pacific Ave. and the Redondo Beach Marina lot on the west side of Harbor Drive, south of Portofino Way.
I’ll have more on the increasing popularity of World Cup viewing parties, including this giant planned party on Pine in Long Beach in Tuesday’s column.