Segerstrom Center for the Arts to Host Free World Cup Viewing Party on Arts Plaza, 7/12-13

Segerstrom Center for the Arts to Host Free World Cup Viewing Party on Arts Plaza, 7/12-13

Southern Californian soccer fans have a new way to celebrate the exciting games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM in an even bigger way as Segerstrom Center for the Arts announces two free World CupTM Viewing Parties on the Center's inviting 46,000-square-foot Arts Plaza. As the world comes together to watch this most widely viewed sporting event, the Center will host viewing parties on Saturday, July 12 at 1 p.m. during the game that will determine play-off for third place and on Sunday, July 13 at 12 p.m. for the final game. The Arts Plaza will open one hour prior to each match.

The games will be displayed on two 9'-by-12' LED jumbotrons as well as four 55" LCD high-definition screens that will be located throughout the Arts Plaza and equipped with professional audio systems that will cover the entire Arts Plaza and lawn areas. Guests may purchase food and drinks from a variety of food trucks that will be on-site as well as beverage stations. In addition, there will be a beer garden adding to this cheerful gathering of neighbors, friends and soccer enthusiasts. There will be a soccer field set-up along with a play area for kids. Limited seating will be available and guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs, picnic blankets or other easily portable seating items. Guests may bring their own food and non- alcoholic beverages, but barbecues and similar food preparation are not permitted.

"The World Cup inspires some of the most passionate sports fans in the world," said Center President Terrence W. Dwyer. "The Center is excited to join communities across the globe in using their plazas, town squares and public spaces to host 2014 FIFA World CupTM parties. We invite soccer fans from throughout our community to join us for the two final games of the World Cup and enjoy a celebratory atmosphere, festive food truck dining and the camaraderie only world class soccer can inspire."

This event is being offered as part of Segerstrom Center's popular Free for All Series, which allows the community to experience exciting entertainment in new and intriguing ways - and all for free. To learn more, please visit

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts is unique as both an acclaimed arts institution and as a multi-disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages, offering unsurpassed experiences, and engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring programs.

Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center traces its roots back to the late 1960s when a dedicated group of community leaders decided Orange County should have its own world-class performing arts venue.

As Orange County's largest non-profit arts organization, Segerstrom Center for the Arts owns and operates the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall, which opened in 1986, and the 2,000-seat Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006 and also houses the 500- seat Samueli Theater, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center's studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. A spacious arts plaza anchors Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is home to numerous free performances throughout the year as part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' ongoing Free for All series.

The Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages from throughout Orange County and beyond, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. It offers many education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. These programs reach hundreds of thousands of students of all ages with vital arts-in-education programs, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future.

In addition to the presenting and producing institution Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the 14-acre campus also embraces the facilities of two independent acclaimed organizations: Tony Award®-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region's major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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