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Goal! PNA packed for early morning World Cup game

The doors opened at 6:30 this morning for the  first game of the 2010 World Cup, and 100 people filled the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s Community Hall to watch it live on the big screen. “I think it’s fantastic. I wasn’t sure about the early morning games, but this is encouraging,” Alex Eckardt, marketing director at the PNA, said. “This is beautiful – 100 people at 7 o’clock in the morning.”

Alex Eckardt, marketing director at the PNA, organized the World Cup showings.
Even Gabriel Campanario, the Seattle Times sketcher was there in the front row, so look for Phinney’s soccer fans to show up in the Times soon. Campanario previously sketched Eckardt for a preview on the World Cup on June 9.

The PNA is showing 45 of the World Cup matches over the next month; 40 of them will be live. Check out the full schedule. The next game is in just a few hours as Uruguay takes on France at 11:30 a.m. Doors open at the PNA at 10:30 a.m. Admission is by suggested donation of $3 for adults, $2 for kids, or $10 for the whole family.
(Sorry for the less than crisp photos. Dale had to use his cell phone camera in a darkened room.)