Soccer fans preparing for USA's showdown with Ghana
POSTED: Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 2:54pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 8:21am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — "We are expecting full house. Top floor, bottom floor. We'll be opened, fully staffed. We are ready for it to go to the max." That is what Erica Heagy, the Londoner manager, said in light of U.S. Men's national team's matchup against Ghana on Monday.
The restaurant has built its reputation as the place to watch soccer in Baton Rouge.
"We've gotten quite a crowd over the last several years. We are known to open early on Saturday and Sunday mornings during English Premiere League. We have a great customer base that comes in regularly for these matches and this is just going to take it to the next level for us," said Heagy.
And local soccer fans certainly appreciate the wall to wall coverage.
"I love how places like this really create a hub of culture around here because the community is very strong here. It may not be as widespread as other places but people who are into it are really into it. So I really appreciate places like the londoner where you can go and be around people cheer for every goal," said Zach Miller, a soccer fan and LSU student.
And as far as the US team's chances? Well, fans are hopeful but also realistic.
"I'm very excited. It's a pretty tough group that they are in but we will see what happens. Every four years it is a cool thing to watch," said Brett Troxler, another soccer fan and Baton Rouge resident.
"I think the men's team can do pretty well here. I think it's an opportunity to break through a good bracket. Ghana is a tough team, they are the best team in Africa in my opinion. So I think it's a challenge but I do think it's a possibility," added Miller.