Dozens of local residents gasped on Tuesday as they watched the United States come up just short of advancing in the World Cup.
Children and parents gathered at The Clayton Center on Second Street to watch the United States squad, which lost to Belgium 2-1.
Viewing parties had become popular throughout the nation as the U.S. soccer team advanced in the World Cup, which started last month in Brazil.
Scotty Henley, executive director of The Clayton Center, said the idea for the Clayton viewing party came from Clayton Chamber of Commerce President Jim Godfrey during a morning breakfast event. The two approached Town Manager Steve Biggs, who supported the idea.
“This shows people there is a public space out there that can be used for more than public policy, paying a bill or picking up a permit,” Henley said. The Clayton Center – in addition to housing town hall – also includes a large auditorium, where the game was screened.
“There are opportunities that I’m looking for to open up the place for kids and families to relax for a while,” Henley said.
Food and drink, including the D’Burritos food truck, were available for purchase at the viewing.
Matt Schneider heard about the event through Facebook and wanted to watch the game on a big screen.
“I’ve been following it more than usual this year, like everyone else I guess,” Scheider said. “It’s too bad they lost, but it was fun.”
The United States advanced from the group stage of the World Cup but lost to Belgium in the Round of 16. Matches continue through mid-July.
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