We're sure your family is excited, too, to see your favorite team compete for the cup, so we've put together this list of ideas to help you plan your family's World Cup celebration, whatever that might look like. Oggy, oggy, oggy!
1. Out of the 30 teams competing in this year's tournament, 18 of those countries have also been represented on stage at the New Victory! Performers from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay and the United States have presented on the New Vic stage. Have you recently seen a show on our stage? Remind your kids of the show and talk about the culture of that nation. Then, keep an eye out for the appropriate flag when you watch the games!
this nifty, interactive map. That said, if you're looking for a kid-friendly spot, we love Petit Abeille. The Belgian restaurant has three convenient locations in Manhattan, tasty food and is screening all matches live. (Reservations may be required.)
3. Did you know that NYC will get its very own football club this fall? Recent polls indicate that soccer is more popular than ever in the USA, so it's about time! Major League Soccer, which has been expanding steadily and growing a huge fan base on the West Coast, will build on the success of the New York Red Bulls and add another local team to their roster. Season tickets for the NYCFC's first season (which will be played on the turf at Yankee Stadium) are now on sale and global football stars have already been signed to the team.
5. Don't forget to also share the stories and talk about the legends that sportscasters will constantly reference. Begin by enticing your kids with facts they'll get excited about like, "Did you know that Brazil has won the World Cup more than any other country?" Or, tell them the story behind Maradona's controversial "Hand of God" goal!
Looking for more talking points? FIFA has shared 100 World Cup facts leading up to the opening ceremony! And if you have a family full of theater-loving athletes, check out 360 Allstars, coming to the New Vic in November as part of our 2014-15 season (which we've just announced-- click here to read the full line-up!). The show combines street dance, hip hop music and athletic stunts including a BMX biker and Basketball Man!
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