Watch the World Cup in Vancouver as South Africa hosts the 2010 FIFA World Cup in just a few days. The car flags are already waving and it will have the jubilation and national pride of the Olympics all day and night, throughout the region. Our multicultural melting pot of a city will come alive with men, women, and children sporting the colours of many countries on t-shirts, cars and everything in between.
Here’s how you can catch all of the action in Metro Vancouver either on television or in-person.
As the official broadcast home of the World Cup in Canada, the CBC will have extensive coverage including commentary from Vancouver’s own Bob Lenarduzzi. You will even be able to watch matches live online.
Cinema Public House and Library Square Public House open at 7:00am, showing games at 7:00am, 9:0 am, 11:30am, 5:00pm, 7:00pm and 9:00 pm. The Calling Public House, The Lamplighter and The Academic open at 11:00 am, showing games at 11:30 am, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. This schedule will be in place until July 11, 2010.
Red Card Sports Bar
Probably one of Vancouver’s newest sports bars, Red Card will be showing most World Cup matches as their screens will be locked on the CBC as of June 11th when the open up for business at 7:00am.
Although not listed on their website, there are some ClubZone listings for World Cup games at Players Chophouse.
Open daily at 11:00am for World Cup broadcasts.
Nations converge on this one legendary road where you can choose from dining anywhere from a Nepalese restaurant to a Portuguese cafe. During the run of the World Cup there will also be the Car Free Day street festival as well as Italian Week.
Nyala African Cuisine (4148 Main Street) will be open daily at 6:30am serving an African style breakfast and lunch serving mostly south African and north African food. They will show all games on a 10-foot screen with HD projector.
Located just off Commercial Drive this one-room movie house usually shows World Cup games on their big screen with dozens of flags waving overhead.
On Seymour at Davie the Vancouver International Film Centre will open up its theatre for digital broadcasts of several World Cup games. Big comfy seats and full theatre amenities will make this one comfy place to check out the action.
German Cultural Centre – Alpenhaus
Boasting Vancouver’s largest HD screen the Alpen Club will be showing every World Cup game.
The Cascase Room
Located on Main Street, the Cascade Room is planning full World Cup coverage. A schedule is available on their website.
River Rock Casino Resort
Lulu’s Lounge will be showing the matches from 7:00am – 2:00pm every day. People can also enter to win a World Cup Jersey of their choice and a VIP River Rock Package.
As a side note, we discovered a cool television special on National Geographic last night called Build up to the Cup. From commuter rail systems to new stadiums, it’s fascinating to see how South Africa has been built up for this monumental occasion. Check local listings to see when it will air again if you’re interested.
Back to events, I’m sure there are many more taking place throughout Metro Vancouver during the World Cup so if you have anything to add, please feel free to leave a note in the comments and I’ll put it to the list.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa will run June 11 – July 11, 2010.
Update There will be a finale watching party / fundraiser at Ceilis on the 11th.
Update Ariane C guest posted about where to watch the World Cup final this weekend.