KC soccer fans find ways to catch the U.S. World Cup game at work

07/01/2014 10:19 PM

07/02/2014 12:03 AM

Many area workers couldn't get time off for the Power & Light District festivities, but some companies accommodated the desire to keep track of the game.

At Garmin's U.S. headquarters in Olathe, a couple of hundred people out of 2,500 workers were expected to take a break to watch the game. Johan-Till Broer, the public relations manager, said the game was shown in the office’s auditorium and the Garmin Cafe.

“It’s more of a casual gathering to enjoy the game,” Broer said. “There’s been more excitement about the game in past years, so we wanted everyone who wants to see the game to be able to.”

Broer said employees used their breaks to see the game, agreed to make up the time later or took paid time off.

Sprint's Overland Park campus was host of a World Cup watch party.

"We usually arrange watch parties somewhere on campus for big events like this,” spokeswoman Melinda Tiemeyer said in an email.

Sponsored by Sprint Real Estate, the gathering included free popcorn and soda. Attendance generally required a supervisor’s approval.

Cerner spokeswoman Kate O'Neill Rauber pointed out that soccer was definitely part of the company's culture — after all, Cerner won the men’s and women’s 2014 KC Corporate Challenge in soccer.

While there was no official watch party, she said Cerner expected that many employees would be “kicking it” in front of TVs throughout its area campuses — with laptops in hand, of course.

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