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There are watch parties galore for the World Cup

One of the best things about the World Cup being in South Africa is the game times.

The World Cup begins this Friday, and every game will start in the morning or early afternoon, meaning you won’t have to stay up late waiting to see an outcome.

And, there will be plenty of opportunities to join in a watch party.

The Wizards are playing host to what they call one of the biggest watch parties in the country. All 64 games will be shown at the KC Live! “Living Room” in the Power & Light District. Admission is free for the watch parties, there is no age limit, and there is no dress code.

“Throughout Kansas City’s efforts to be a World Cup Host City, our region continually demonstrates we are a world-class city and, most importantly, a world-class soccer city,” said Kansas City/USA Host City Bid Committee Director David Ficklin. “So it is only natural that Kansas City will host one of the largest World Cup viewing parties in the United States. This event is a great example of Kansas City’s commitment to soccer, the FIFA World Cup and the USA World Cup bid.”

Other establishments around town will have watch parties, too.

For those French fans, Le Fou Frog will open at 12:30 p.m. Friday for France’s game against Uruguay. There will be a buffet that cost $18; children under 12 eat free. Le Fou Frog is at 400 E. Fifth St.

Piropos Grille, 1 W. First St. in Parkville will be host to a watch party Friday when the World Cup kicks off at 9 a.m. That’s when South Africa will take on Mexico.

Piropos will also be host to a watch party at 1:30 p.m., Saturday for the U.S.-England game. The restaurant will have a DJ, and fans can win tickets to a Wizards game.