Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) is hosting a free watch party on the big screen at Las Canchas on Friday, July 21, 2023. The event is open to all ages.
The US Women's National Team (USWNT) kicks off their World Cup tournament against Vietnam as they seek to defend their title as World Cup Champions.
The match beings at 9:00pm and the party starts at 8:00pm.
DGRI is partnering with The Soccer Rebellion and LiveSpace to provide this free watch party for the Grand Rapids community. In addition to the 13-foot by 23-foot giant LED screen for viewing the match, the event will feature live DJ music, food available for purchase from Los Pinches Tacos, teqball (soccer meets ping-pong), pick-up games and a limited amount of free Las Canchas t-shirts.
Las Canchas are located in the Downtown Refreshment Zone and attendees are able to purchase an adult beverage from nearby participating businesses and bring it to the event.
Las Canchas de Futbol Communitarias (The Community Futsal Courts) are outdoor courts designed for futsal, a game similar to soccer that is generally played indoors with five players on each team. Futsal is played worldwide and has been growing in popularity in the US for many years.
Las Canchas are located at 250 Seward Avenue NW just south of Bridge Street. The site is owned by the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority and transformed underutilized surface parking into a public urban recreation amenity. This location joined a growing list of outdoor recreation areas provided by DGRI including two Downtown dog parks and 555 Monroe, a multi-use space with a skate park.