With the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa just days away, the MIAMI/Host City Bid Committee and the Miami-Dade Sports Commission are planning a series of watch parties throughout South Florida to celebrate the World Cup and build momentum for the bid to bring the 2018 or 2022 to the United States and Miami.

The watch locations are as follows:

Intercontinental West Miami – 11th Stadium in Doral
DORAL – 2505 NW 87th Avenue
*Hosting Watch Parties for ALL games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

Segafredo – Brickell Soccer Block Party
BRICKELL – 1421 South Miami Avenue
*Hosting Watch Parties for ALL games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Center Bar
HOLLYWOOD – 1 Seminole Way
*Hosting Watch Parties for ALL games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

America’s Backyard – Miami FC’s Home Away From Home
FORT LAUDERDALE – 100 SW 3rd Avenue
*Hosting Watch Parties for select games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

Gameworks – Youth Soccer / Team USA Watch Party
SOUTH MIAMI – 5701 Sunset Drive
SUNRISE – 2608 Sawgrass Mills Circle – Sawgrass Mills Mall
*Friday, June 18 – 10 a.m. – USA vs. Slovenia match – Great food and game specials for all kids wearing their soccer jerseys.

“There is no better way to build momentum for our bid than to celebrate the 2010 World Cup together,” said Jose “Pepe” Diaz, chairman of the Bid Committee.  “It is a great opportunity to show the rest of the world the real passion that we have in Miami for this sport.”

The watch parties will offer a great opportunity to catch all of the exciting action of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, enjoy great food and drink, and build momentum for our own World Cup Bid effort.  Each of these sites will provide the opportunity for fans to sign the petition supporting the Miami bid.

For more information on the watch parties or Miami’s bid, please call (305) 818-7188 or visit

To sign the online petition to support Miami’s bid or to learn more about the USA’s World Cup bid, click

As a part of and in support of the USA Bid Committee’s effort to bring the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ to the United States, and Miami, the Miami-Dade Sports Commission created the MIAMI Host City Bid Committee to lead the local bid efforts.  Under the leadership of the organization’s Chairman, County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, the Sports Commission assembled its own “dream team” to mirror the prestigious group selected to lead the USA Bid Committee.  Members of the committee include:

Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz – Chair, Miami-Dade Sports Commission and MIAMI Host City Bid Committee

Facundo Bacardi, Chairman of the Board, Bacardi Limited

Marcelo Claure, Chairman, President & CEO, Brightstar

Teofilo “Nene” Cubillas, Soccer Legend

Mike Dee, CEO, Miami Dolphins/Dolphins Enterprises

Peter Dolara, Senior Vice President, American Airlines

Emilio Estefan, Grammy Award Winning Producer & Songwriter

George Feldenkreis, Chairman/CEO, Perry Ellis International

Alonzo Mourning, NBA Legend / Chairman, Alonzo Mourning Charities

Jorge Perez, Chairman, The Related Group

Stephen Ross, Founder/Chairman/Owner, The Related Companies and Owner, Miami Dolphins/Dolphins Enterprises

William Talbert, CEO, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of Courts and Chairman of the County’s Climate Change Advisory Task Force (CCATF)

Tony Villamil, Principal Advisor for the Washington Economics Group (WEG)

Mike Sophia – Executive Director, Miami-Dade Sports Commission and MIAMI Host City Bid Committee

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