World Cup watch party in Dupont Circle scuttled by lack of funds

Washington consistently ranks as the top broadcast market for the World Cup, but there will be no public watch party at Dupont Circle for Tuesday’s U.S.-Belgium game. Aaron DeNu, who organized the successful Dupont Circle viewing of last Thursday’s U.S.-Germany game through his nonprofit organization Dupont Festival, announced on Twitter that he did not secure the $30,000 needed to hold another on Tuesday.

DeNu needed the $30,000 to pay for permits, sound and security. Organizers said the Thursday watch party for the U.S.-Germany and South Korea-Belgium games attracted more than 10,000 people to Dupont Circle.

“I am so thankful and I love D.C. because so many people reached out that they were willing to do something to help, but it comes down to the fact that we need the funding to do something like last Thursday,” Denu said.

There is still time to receive funding for a World Cup final watch party on July 13, he added.

People can still go to Dupont Circle, a traditional gathering place for local soccer fans, but they will have to watch the game at a bar.
“There is no other neighborhood in D.C. that supports soccer as much as Dupont Circle,” DeNu said.

For ideas where to watch the World Cup in D.C., check out The Post’s Going Out Guide.




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