COLUMBIA — Columbia soccer fans can get loud at plenty of venues as the red, white and blue takes on Germany on Thursday.
The match begins and 11 a.m. and is the United States' third 2014 World Cup appearance.
Here are 10 venues to meet up with fellow World Cup lovers for Thursday's game:
Fans of the many nationalities represented in Columbia have converged in Ragtag for the theater’s free screenings of World Cup games. This eclectic venue welcomes fans who are looking to get loud, and also soccer followers who prefer a more relaxed environment, Ragtag's director of operations Cory McCarter said.
Ragtag will show Thursday’s U.S. vs. Germany game in its larger theater, which fits about 140 people, McCarter said. If there is overflow, the smaller, 60-seat theater will open, he said.
Although admission is free, attendees have to get tickets at Ragtag’s box office. Fans can pick up tickets starting 9 a.m. Thursday.
Uprise Bakery will be open during the match. Prices for food and beverages range from $2 to $9, McCarter said. People of all ages are welcome at Ragtag.
Campus Bar and Grill
Matt Hudson, general manager at Campus Bar and Grill, had one word to describe the venue’s atmosphere during U.S. soccer matches: rowdy.
The college hangout will show Thursday’s game on its 19 TVs, which range from 42 to 70 inches in size, Hudson said. The bar has a capacity of 401 people, and it was packed during Sunday’s U.S. vs. Portugal game.
Campus Bar and Grill will open at 10 a.m. for the game. There is no cover charge and no need for reservations, but fans have to be at least 18 years old to enter.
On a regular, non-World Cup Thursday, Günter Hans’ doors would not open until 4 p.m. Owner Lydia Melton, though, is opening her “artisan café” for the U.S.-Germany game about 10:45 a.m Thursday at her customers’ requests.
Melton said she expects the atmosphere to be heated at Günter Hans while fans watch the game on a large projector screen. About 46 people fit in the cafe, which offers European-style foods and beverages, including gelato, bretzels and craft beer, according to Gunter Hans' website.
The special for the day is $2 off a beer of any size with the purchase of a brat. People of all ages can go to Günter Hans to watch the red, white and blue take on Germany.
It’s all about sports at Bengals all the time, but Thursday, it will be exclusively about the USA World Cup match. Fans at Bengals are loud enough to show they’re into the game, but not too loud that they overshadow the sound of the TV, said Dana Nufel, who works at the bar.
Between the inside area and the patio, Bengals can fit about 600 people, Nufel said. The bar offers all sorts of food, including nachos, toasted ravioli and a wide variety of salads, she said. Although Bengals offers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, patrons must be 21 and older to enter.
The environment at this family-friendly restaurant is nothing but sporty and energetic, said Stadium Grill Employee Spencer Puchta. Stadium Grill attracts fans with its more than 20 TVs and wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including a gluten-free beer.
About 200 people fit in the restaurant, and there is no minimum age to get in. Food at the grill ranges from $9 to $12, and drinks range from about $3 to about $6.50, Puchta said. Feel free to scream for goals if you watch the game there.
Flat Branch Pub & Brewing
If you’re rooting for the U.S. or Germany, you are welcome to watch Thursday’s match on three of the four TV screens at Flat Branch.
If you’re rooting for Ghana or Portugal, which play at 11 a.m., you’re welcome at the restaurant too: the game will show on at least one TV, manager Paul Huesgen said.
Fans at Flat Branch get pretty loud and noisy, Huesgen said. To be part of the action Thursday, it is recommended to sit inside because the pub’s patio has no TV.
The restaurant boasts 14 tap beers, 12 of which are brewed at Flat Branch, Huesgen said. Meals there are between $8 to $10, and beers usually run $4.50.
The Bread Basket Cafe (BBC II)
Fans don’t need reservations to enjoy the game at The Bread Basket Cafe's two 42-inch TVs. The downtown restaurant will offer $5 beer pitchers, $6 margarita pitchers and $2 wells during the game, owner David Maxwell said. The place fits about 163 people, but only about 70 seats have screen visibility.
There is no minimum age to get into the cafe, which opens at 11 a.m.
44 Stone Public House
This English-style pub is one of the few to offer a calm ambiance for game watchers to enjoy Thursday’s game. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m., and it welcomes people of all ages. Meals there range from $9 to $20, said Eric Vegemann, who works at the restaurant.
44 Stone Public House holds about 130 people and features to two 50-inch TVs.
International Tap House
Twenty-two TVs and beer from nations all over the globe: that’s iTap’s spiel for World Cup games. The venue will open at 10:30 a.m. and serve its wide selection of international beers, some of which iTap is selling especially for the World Cup, said Brandon Berkel, who works at iTap.
iTap offers a $15 plastic boot that customers can keep and refill for $9.
The MU Student Center
It’s difficult to predict how many people will watch Thursday’s match at the MU Student Center, but one thing is almost certain: The atmosphere will be intense. The Student Center will be showing the U.S. vs. Germany game on a large projector screen in the main area of the first floor, information desk employee Loyce Nelson said. All restaurants at the Student Center will open during the game.
The Student Center opens at 7 a.m.
Other potential USA-Germany game viewing locations include:
McNally's Irish Pub
- Shiloh Bar & Grill
- South Side Pizza & Pub
- Buffalo Wild Wings
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