Although not known for its soccer culture, Aruba is about to kick off a series of festivities and facilities to ensure its thousands of summer visitors can keep in touch with all the action.
With the island’s Dutch heritage, there is bound to be plenty of local support for the Holland squad but followers of all teams in the tournament can be assured of a fun and friendly atmosphere wherever they are enjoying the play from Brazil.
Main focus will be Plaza Daniel Leo, a large picturesque public space in the centre of capital Oranjestad, which will be transformed into Plaza Copa Mundial Aruba (Plaza World Cup Aruba). Live broadcasts of matches will be seen on the largest LED screen in the Caribbean, with a refreshment and shopping bazaar selling FIFA-approved World Cup souvenirs. Meanwhile, local radio station, Cool FM, and island TV station, Tele Aruba, will also be broadcasting the festivities live.
Individual bars and cafes are also ensuring customers stay in touch with World Cup competition. The popular Hollywood Smokehouse opens a new restaurant in the Eagle Beach area just in time for the tournament. Serving authentic Aruban cuisine, it is installing two 60-inch and three 42-inch flat screens and will offer drinks specials when the USA or Holland play.
Further along the coast in this key hotel area, Moomba Beach Bar will have a mega screen on the sand. There will also be four flat screens in the bar area and, again, there will be food and drink specials during key matches.
The Pelican Pier on nearby Palm Beach is adding a competitive edge. Every time a goal is scored, anyone wearing that team’s shirt will win a free glass of sangria or shot. ‘Guess the score’ games will also be organised with prizes.
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