Soccerfest 2014 will be an all-ages event at Brookhaven Park, 4158 Peachtree Road, NE, that will begin at 8 a.m. with a 5K run. The fun will not stop until the end of the USA versus Portugal game, which starts at 6 p.m.
Along with the run and all-day World Cup viewing party on a large LED screen, the event will include:
-Soccer activities for kids of all ages throughout the day with prizes available
-Soccer clinics conducted by the Atlanta Silverbacks
-Soccer drills and matches provided by Dragon Goal
-Kids’ fun zone with bounce houses, face painters and games
-Various food trucks and street vendors
-Beer starting at 12:30 p.m.
John Ernst, executive committee member for the event and longtime Brookhaven resident, said the event started four years ago as a way to bring the excitement of outdoor viewing parties in Europe to the Atlanta area.
“Parties like these that are outdoors are great because everyone in the community can come out to have fun and participate,” he said.
And, Ernst said, the event is not just for soccer buffs.
“This event will be a big opportunity for the city to come together to cheer for Team USA,” he said. “Even if everyone who comes out isn’t a soccer fanatic, much like the Olympics, this event is a fun way to support the USA team for kids and adults.”
General admission into the viewing party is free, but VIP tickets, which include catered food, drinks and access to separate restroom facilities, are $100 per ticket.
Much of the proceeds from the event will go to Keep Kickin’, a nonprofit that supports blood cancer research and patients in Atlanta.
Although the event is free, Ernst recommends bringing cash for the various vendors that will be on site.
Ernst said a similar event drew 5,000 participants in Washington, D.C., during last year’s World Cup game, and he expects to see a crowd that large during this event.
“This is a family-friendly festival and our VIP tickets are selling very quickly, so we’re hoping to see a big crowd of enthusiastic fans,” he said.
While there will be no parking at the park, free parking will be available at the Brookhaven MARTA station, from which a shuttle bus will take attendees to and from the event throughout the day.
For more information and to purchase VIP tickets, visit www.atlantasoccerfest.org.
If you go:
Where: Brookhaven Park, 4158 Peachtree Road, NE. Parking is at Brookhaven MARTA station
When: 5K starts at 8 a.m., event starts at noon
Cost: free, VIP tickets are $100
Information: www.atlanta soccerfest.org