The 2014 World Cup is upon us. The quadrennial event kicks off on Thursday, June 12 with Brazil vs. Croatia. Although you may not be making the trip out to Brazil, there are still ways to catch all the action. Facebook announced users will be able to keep track of their favorite teams and players throughout the tournament in a special World Cup section, called “Trending World Cup.” Looking for something more social? We scoped out five ways to cheer on your team in restaurants and bars across Tampa Bay.
Pick up your free scorecard at The Pub and use it as your match schedule. It has all the games and watch party specials. You will receive a stamp on your schedule for each match day visit with a food or drink purchase.
The more you visit, the bigger the rewards. If you visit on five different game days, you get a $10 gift card toward your next visit and are entered into the $250 grand prize drawing. With ten match day visits, you get two souvenir schooner glasses, a $25 gift certificate and three entries into the drawing. If you come to the Pub for every match day, you can score two Pub Souvenir Mugs and a $50 Gift Certificate to use on your next visit. You will also get 5 additional entries into the drawing.
♦ Ducky’s is hosting World Cup Watch Parties June 12th- July 13th with bucket specials for beers from the country playing. Other specials include $15 buckets of bud or bud light 16 oz. aluminums and $20 bucket and wings. You can watch the match-ups on their HD TVs.
♦ Want to get rowdy? The Tampa Bay Rowdies are making appearances at several watch parties.
June 16 6 p.m. USA vs. Ghana at MacDinton’s in St. Petersburg with Ghanian midfielder Evans Frimpong, as well as Lucky Mkosana and American defender Jay Needham
June 17 3 p.m. Brazil vs. Mexico at St. Pete Ale House with Diego Restrepo, J.P. Rodrigues and Jordan Gafa
June 19 3 p.m. England vs. Uruguay at Horse and Jockey Pub with Englishmen Shane Hill and Darel Russell, as well as Christophe Lallet
June 22 6 p.m. USA vs. Portugal at Courigan’s with Americans Brian Shriver, Anthony Wallace and Blake Wagner
June 26 6 p.m. USA vs. Germany at Cricketer’s with Americans Frankie Sanfilippo, Matt Pickens and Keith Savage
You can also join the Rowdies’ World Cup bracket pool by clicking here. The pool winner will receive a customized 2014 Rowdies jersey with a name and number of their choosing.
♦ Renzo’s not only has a passion for meat and wine, they also have a passion for soccer. Every match will be shown at both the South Tampa & North Tampa locations. You can also join their world soccer challenge pool. A $40 buy-in gives you a shot at the $2,000 prize. Proceeds will go to help U.S. Soccer.
♦ 2014 FIFA World Cup will come to an end with a dramatic final at Maracana Stadium. Rococo Steak is offering a VIP experience that allows you to play (and eat) like a pro. The event includes soccer lawn games with the Rowdies players, autographs and photo opps with team members, and a prime rib buffet. Of course, there will also be plenty of TVs so you can catch the victorious ending. Tickets are $55 and will be available at rococosteak.com.