Patchogue Theatre to show World Cup
The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts has decided to show a free live screening of the final game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Sunday morning.
“I am thrilled to open our doors to the community and offer all to join us for free to watch the World Cup on our 37-foot screen,” said theatre executive director Gary Hygom. As a nonprofit organization, he said, they wanted to give back to the community in a different way. “The World Cup provides a unique opportunity to open our doors to the public.” The theatre also plans to have live screenings of the Oscars and Tony Awards in the future.
FIFA is the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football). The FIFA World Cup includes competing soccer teams from countries across the globe and occurs every four years in a different location. The World Cup began in 1930 and continues to be the widest viewed sporting event in the world, surpassing the Olympic games.
This year’s semifinalists were Belgium, Croatia, England and France. France beat Belgium 1-0. during Tuesday’s semifinal game, leaving one game left to decide their contender. Wednesday’s game, Croatia vs. England, was held after press time.
The final game will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. The stadium has hosted numerous international sporting events as the chief venue for the 1980 Summer Olympics. The stadium has also served as a venue for many concerts for artists such as Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Metallica, Kino, U2, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
It will be the 21st final of the FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It will include 90 minutes of play with a 30-minute extra time if necessary, with a penalty shoot-out if the score is still level. Rules include 12 named substitutes and a maximum of three substitutions with a fourth allowed in extra time. The winners of the World Cup will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup, a prelude to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The screening will be free for the community and will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 15. No tickets will be distributed. Seating availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call the box office at 631-207-1313.
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