World Cup Final @ PPL
I have finally found the time to upload the photos from Sunday’s final game of the World Cup to my flickr account. It was an amazing afterrnoon with a capacity crowd , lots of loud cheers, collective groans and a sense of community.
I tried to do a few head counts, the numbers varied over the course of the afternoon. We had somewhere around 100 or slightly more for the better part of the game, but during the final 30 minutes later in the afternoon we had well over 150 if you count those watching the flat screens in the lobby.
I did some informal “investigative reporting” while I was at the game. I spoke with 10 people and 7 of the 10 were hoping for Italy to win (and this was likely indicative of the crowd given the big cheer at the end of the game).
1 older man told me he read about it in the newspaper and thought it sounded like a great place to watch the game.
2 younger men said they heard about it from a friend and came because their apartment didn’t have air conditioning.
1 woman said she came because her husband wanted to watch and she wanted to get out of the house. She floated in and out of the game with the kids (taking visits to the other parts of the library and downtown) and was mostly there to see the final winning moments.
The crowd was diverse in gender, ages and nationalities. It was a true slice of the community we serve.
After the game ended and the crowd was dispersing I watched to see what happened. About 1/3 left almost immediately, another 1/3 hung around, mingled and talked about the game, the final 1/3 went to check out materials, use the computers, or engage in some other library activity.
I am not a big soccer fan but I had a great time at this game. Maybe we should consider a Super Bowl party…