It was an exciting day for soccer fans across the world, as the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals kicked off this morning.
To join in the celebration, the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association has put up a 7-by-15 foot video screen in Festival Square, so local residents can watch the games.
“It’s just felt like the right thing to do you know, just get involved in multiculturalism and celebrating the different nations that we have in this world,” said organizer John Pogorzelski with the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association.
He said it’s a great way to attract people to downtown Lethbridge.
“It’s community building. It’s just bringing the community together and have everybody get to know each other and celebrate the world cup together.”
The Downtown Lethbridge BRZ has partnered with the ethnic association on this project. They want people to know there’s more than just the big screen. There will be a family tent and outdoor beer gardens in the square.
“We’re just encouraging people to come down and just take in some of the atmosphere. It’s what sets the downtown apart,” said Ted Stilson, executive director of the BRZ.
The massive video screen will remain downtown for the rest of the tournament up until the final on July 13.