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World Cup Street Party Dominates North Park



    World Cup Street Party Dominates North Park
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    Who says America doesn't love soccer?

    All eyes in North Park turned to a giant jumbotron Sunday as hundreds gathered to watch Germany face off against Argentina in the final match of the World Cup. 

    Pubs, restaurants and bars opened their doors as 30th Street was closed between University and Lincoln streets to make way for the party. 

    But the 11-foot-by-20-foot big screen served as the focal point. 

    "I think people are a little shocked to see this giant jumbotron in the street. Kinda try to do something like you see in Brazil," said organizer Joseph Balestrieri.

    Despite Team USA's defeat in the knockout round, San Diegans were still happy to root for a back-up team in the final. 

    Many were excited to see the World Cup fever coming to the area at last. 

    "It was awesome. We waited far too long for this. It's been since the 90s," said Jason Serres.

    Food trucks were also on hand to feed the hungry bellies in the crowd, and it seemed like Germany fans outnumbered Argentina fans, based on how fast the German cuisine sold out. 
    "We ordered the wiener dog because they were all out of bratwurst," said Sandra Scheller, a Germany fan herself. 
    Alcohol wasn't allowed on the street, but nearby businesses like Caffe Calabria, Coin-Op, The Office and more had booze available if guests wanted to escape the sun. 

    Organizers recommended that guests come early and bring their own lawn chairs to the all-ages, free event. One man set up early with an entire couch.

    However, it's not all soccer chants and fun in the sun. Medics have been called to the area for multiple reports of people becoming overheated. 

    Check out the pictures posted to social media below to see San Diego's futbol mania.