by Dan Gibson
While it seems sort of quaint now, as a soccer fan, there was a time when it was nearly impossible to watch European matches (generally the pinnacle of the sport) somewhere that served alcohol in this town. Even as recently as the last World Cup, in which the American side was somewhat less than embarrassing for a little while, my friends and I drove around town for awhile trying to find a place to watch the US v. England match.
However, these days, Playground, a spot for attractive people to hang out with each other by night has become a soccer hangout from early mornings on weekends to afternoons for MLS matches and Champions League tilts. A few awesome things about soccer at Playground: the drinks are cheap (1/2 off all drinks when they're open for soccer before 7 pm) and the general enjoyment of watching live sports with other people. Today, I watched the Chelsea/Barcelona match next to a fan of Spanish soccer who disagreed with my general take on the match, but still, it's just fun to cheer along or against other people. Plus, it seems there are a wide array of fans, from the long time fans who seem to know every detail about the game and its history to a few people who are just getting into the sport. While the regular season for European league soccer is rapidly approaching its finish, the European championships are coming this summer and the MLS regular season rolls on, so there's still plenty to catch on Playground's big, fancy screen. Follow the Facebook group dedicated to keeping up with what matches will be shown for details.