FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2022
PAWTUCKET, RI – Rhode Island FC is partnering with over a half dozen pubs, breweries and restaurants across Rhode Island to host World Cup watch parties and watch sites throughout the tournament. Rhode Island FC will be visiting select gatherings with merchandise and other promotional activities during the tournament.
“Soccer is the world’s game, and the World Cup is the most popular and prestigious sporting event on the planet. We are excited to launch our club at a time when the world is celebrating the game at its most important moment. Combining the two is a natural fit, and we look forward to sharing this great experience with our soccer family and future Rhode Island FC supporters,” said Rhode Island FC President Brett Luy. “During the tournament, the diversity of Rhode Island will proudly be on display in local establishments across the state. Rhode Island FC is a club for all Rhode Island and we’re excited to support watch parties in every part of our state to help build enthusiasm for our 2024 Inaugural Season.”
Rhode Island FC is partnering with the following pubs, breweries, and restaurants to host World Cup Watch Parties:
- The Guild Pawtucket, 461 Main Street, Pawtucket
- Craft Burger & Beer, 342 East Avenue, Pawtucket
- El Paisa Restaurant, 598 Dexter Street, Central Falls
- Brass Monkey, 800 Allens Avenue, Providence
- Thirsty Beaver – Cranston, 288 Atwood Avenue, Cranston
- Thirsty Beaver – Smithfield, 45 Cedar Swamp Road, Smithfield
Rhode Island FC unveiled its name and crest earlier this week and started collecting deposits for season tickets on Tuesday morning. The club sold more than 1,000 deposits in the first hour, breaking all known USL records for first-hour ticket deposits.
“Rhode Island has an exceptional soccer fan base which will be on full display throughout the World Cup tournament. Rhode Island FC is thrilled to partner with local businesses across the state to host watch parties for supporters of the U.S. Men’s National Team and dozens of other national clubs throughout group play and the knockout rounds,” said Rhode Island FC co-founder Michael Parkhurst, a former MLS star, former member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, and a Cranston native. “Our club is a professional team for all of Rhode Island and we look forward to growing our fan base ahead of our debut season in 2024.”
Representatives from Rhode Island FC’s community engagement team will be at select watch parties with club merchandise and information about season ticket deposits. Rhode Island FC will play its matches at a state-of-the-art soccer-specific stadium currently under construction along the Pawtucket waterfront and will make its USL Championship debut in 2024.