World Cup Village at The Banks begins Sunday with Street Party at 7 a.m.

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Street Party Schedule with times and marquee games  

Freedom Way open to pedestrians only for viewing on the large video screen at the Reds Hall of Fame

  • Sunday, June 24, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.(8 a.m. England vs. Panama)
  • Saturday, June 30,9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Group C1 vs. Group D2; 2 p.m. Group A1 vs. Group B2)
  • Sunday, July 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Group B1 vs. Group A2; 2 p.m., Group D1 vs. Group C2)
  • Saturday, July 7, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Semifinals) 
  • Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Third Place Match, 10 a.m.)
  • Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Final Match, 11 a.m.)

The Banks riverfront entertainment district will host the first street party on Sunday at the Fox19 Now World Cup Village, a series of street parties and soccer watching venues designed as the official Cincinnati gathering place for the sporting spectacle.

This is year one of a two year plan for The Banks World Cup Village, culminating with the women’s World Cup next year (2019), where the U.S. women’s national team will be the heavy favorite to win it all. 

The men’s World Cup will be held this year in Russia, from June 14 through July 15. Germany is the defending champion, winning the final against Brazil in Rio de Janeiro at the last contest, held in 2014. 

The month-long celebration at the Banks will include six different street parties, where Freedom Way will be closed between Great American Ball Park and Walnut Street. Select matches will be shown on the giant video screen hanging from the ballpark. Beer, wine and soft drink will be available for purchase along with food from the official host bars: The Holy Grail, Jefferson Social, Moerlein Lager House and Tin Roof. 

In between the street parties, fans and rooting groups are encouraged to gather at the four host bars who will be showing almost all the action and offering specials throughout the month.

Also partnering with the event are the Cincinnati Reds and the official chili of the World Cup Village, Skyline Chili. 

To celebrate the World Cup and the 10th anniversary of The Banks, fans can purchase a special ticket package that includes a limited edition soccer scarf featuring flags from all 16 participating countries and a ticket to any remaining 2018 Reds regular season home gameAll the details are at www.reds.com/scarf

Alex ReillyEVENTS