City Bars to Separate Brits and Yanks as Teams Try to Avoid World Cup Elimination
By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — The U.S. and England are both facing World Cup elimination Wednesday morning — causing some city bars to separate fans as the teams play simultaneously.
The matches kick off at 10 a.m. with America facing Algeria and the Brits going against plucky Slovenia. If the U.S. wins they’re into the next round. The U.S. will also move on with a tie and a win by Slovenia or a low-scoring tie by England.
Nevada Smith’s is planning to show the U.S. game in their upstairs room, while England fans will watch downstairs, the New York Post reported.
"It will be a circus in here," the bar’s director, Jack Keane, told the Post. "We will have extra security, and we won't be serving any glassware."
Keane said he is expecting 350 fans upstairs and around 150 on the first floor.
"This game is all I have been thinking about for five days," soccer fan Drew Pitcher, 31, told the paper. "We have a chance to move on. England is overconfident, overpaid and annoying."
SoHo World Cup viewing center Play Beautiful is relegating England fans to a separate room in the back.
Upper East Side British bar Ratbones will play both games, but leave on the audio for the U.S. game.
"Officially we are an English bar — but my heart is with America," bar manager Chris Binger told the Post.