San Francisco Journals

World Cup hits San Francisco

A travel journal to San Francisco by wickedalmond

Quote: Battlling hordes of fans rooting for the home team in a city where you can actually see a live match and still be home by 2am on a workday, PST.

World Cup hits San Francisco

Overview

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World Cup viewing in San Francisco is like a sport in itself - the ethnic diversity of the city means that everyone is ferociously rooting for one home team or another, and the city's relative proximity to Korea and Japan means that you can see a live match and still be home beofre 2am on a workday. Highlights are standing 50-deep on a sidewalk outside a Senegalese restaurant while the Senegal-Sweden match is on, or going to a local taqueria to watch Mexico play.Quick Tips: The less-crowded Spanish tapas bar next door the the Senegalese restaurant offers sangria and a good view of the TV screen.Best Way To Get Around: Good places: Steps of Rome on Columbus in North Beach, the Ita...Read More

Presidio National Park

Attraction | "Pick-Up Soccer - Don't Just Watch - Play!"

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Playing is almost better than watching, as I discovered while joining a pick-up game in the Presidio. A group plays there every Sunday afternoon - just show up, and you're in.

My search for fellow amateurs also took me to Kezar Stadium near Golden Gate Park, and the Sunday morning game that's played there. Thankfully, I wasn't the only female there this time.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 17, 2002

Presidio National Park
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, California 94123
(415) 561-4323

Watching Soccer at a Pub

Attraction | "Senegal vs. Sweden"

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I was hoping to drink hibuscus juice and watch the match. Standing on the sidewalk and peering in the windows with 50 other bystanders was not my ideal viewing situation, so I went next door and had a glass of sangria at a table close to the TV, where I could comfortably watch the exciting final moments.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 17, 2002

Watching Soccer at a Pub
20th Street at Mission
San Francisco, California

Steps of Rome

Attraction

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If you don't eat dinner there, expect on standing elbow-to-elbow with a very crowded audience. Steps of Rome is a cafe/restaurant in the Italian part of the city, and has a big-screen TV set up near the bar. Since Italy's not a contender, the crowd is pretty unpredictable. Go early, grab a drink or some coffee and make friends with the diners whose entrees you'll be almost standing in.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2002

Steps of Rome
348 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, California 94133
+ 1 415 397 0435

Watching World Cup Soccer

Attraction | "Staying at Home for Mexico vs. USA"

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Tonight's an early night - I live in the Mexican/Central American part of time, so I'll just turn on Univision in my living room, open the windows and hear the roar of fans from other houses on the street.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2002

Watching World Cup Soccer
San Francisco
San Francisco, California