You can usually tell a major sporting event, whether it be two local teams squaring off or the World Series, but how far the cheers ring from bars, restaurants, and your neighbor's house.
And, of course, your own.
Typically, though? Those events wrap after an afternoon or evening, and the spectators head home or send their guests out the door. But what of the month-long, globe-gargantuan spectacular that keeps the "ohs" and "ughs" and "hoorays" echoing from seemingly every place with a television?
World Cup, you've dominated completely, and your final match, which happens on Sunday, July 13, will win the hearts, minds, and remote controls of SoCalers aplenty.
If you're not cheering the players on from home, or down at your local tavern, where should you go to watch Argentina vs. Germany? Roll your proverbial ball towards...
Santa Monica Place: It's a two-day, middle-of-the-day Brazilian beach-close party, with Samba dancers, live tunes, face-painting, and, for sure, viewing of the both the Brazil vs. Netherlands game on Saturday, July 12 and Argentina vs. Germany on Sunday, July 13. Free-style soccer players'll be around, too, showing off some skills and mad footwork. Admission? It's free.
The Hammer Museum: Need to be adjacent to art while you watch the art of deftly sending a ball into the net? The Westwood institution is screening the last weekend of FIFA World Cup in both its Annex and Billy Wilder Theater. It's free to attend, as is the Hammer now, and Ammo has some food specials on for the sports spectacular weekend.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts: The Costa Mesa cultural destination is known for ballet and splashy musicals, but it is fully about soccer 'round its spacious plaza come World Cup Weekend. Both the July 12 and 13 matches'll screen, there shall be food trucks on the grounds -- hello, Dogzilla Hot Dogs and Ninjas with Appetite -- and you don't need to pay to attend.