The Indy Eleven and the city of Indianapolis are hosting a block party to cheer for the United States in the World Cup's Round of 16, and thousands of fans have turned out for it.
Fans are are gathering for a watch party on Massachusetts Avenue to watch the U.S. play their first game of the knockout round against Belgium.
"As we see with the tremendous success of Indy Eleven, our city is coming alive with soccer fans," said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
The watch party is being held on Mass Ave, between Park and College. Fans are encouraged to arrive well before the 4 p.m. kickoff. Park for free at Old National Centre.
"Indy Eleven is happy to bring together both new and longtime lovers of soccer to watch the U.S. Men's National Team continue its run in Brazil," said Indy Eleven President/General Manager Peter Wilt. "Having a local connection to this team in Fort Wayne’s DaMarcus Beasley gives the soccer community here in Indiana even more reason to follow and be proud of the accomplishments of this team."
The watch party will include three large television screens, food trucks and beverage stations and a family area featuring autographs from Indy Eleven players, inflatable games and giveaways.
Tuesday's event is free, gates will open to the public at 2 p.m. Fans should bring their own chairs and blankets and personal coolers will be permitted.