World Cup action to be broadcast on big screen 

City Hall’s front yard is going to be transformed into a viewing destination for the World Cup soccer tournament.

The tournament, which kicks off June 11, will be broadcast on a 13-by-18-foot hydraulically elevated video screen with its back to the dome in Civic Center Plaza, with help from the nonprofit America SCORES and other sponsors.

“Usually you have to go to a bar or have cable TV to watch it,” said SCORES Executive Director Colin Schmidt. “We wanted to bring people together and be able to show our kids that it’s a global game.”

During the 2006 World Cup, thousands of people sat and watched the tournament on a 9-by-13-foot screen in Dolores Park that was donated by Jens-Peter Jungclaussen of Teacher with a Bus, an environmentally friendly events company.

“He’s great to have on board, especially since he’s done this before,” Schmidt said.

Recreation and Park Department officials considered three other plazas to feature the games.

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