By Edward Cardenas
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – A diverse crowd of downtown Detroit workers, families and pure soccer fans filled Cadillac Square for a World Cup viewing party.
The event, organized by donned an array patriotic outfits for the match sponsored by Campus Martius Park, Downtown Detroit Partnership, Fathead, Opportunity Detroit and Detroit City FC.
“One of the real goals of this team is to get people to really rally around soccer here in the city,” said Donovan Powell, general manager of Detroit City FC. “It is really a dream come true for the team.”
An estimated 2,000 people filled Cadillac Square, surrounding streets and Campus Martius to watch the game on a 16-foot by 8-foot LED screen.
Some fans stayed for the whole game, while others stayed for a half during their lunch and returned to work, organizers said.
“It is good to see the downtown area like this on a Thursday afternoon,” said Zach Poley, of West Bloomfield, who was cheering on Germany.
Despite the 1-0 loss, fans were hopeful entering the next round of the World Cup. They were even more complimentary of the venue to watch the game.
“It was great for Michigan. It was great for Detroit,” said James Gillen, of Lake Orion.
Organizers are planning another viewing party for the next game for the United States on Tuesday.