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Desert Showcase Presented By Visit Tucson Brings World Cup Qualifying Excitement To Downtown Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. (March 3, 2021) – Soccer Sobroso continues in downtown Tucson throughout March, as FC Tucson and Rio Nuevo host Watch Parties for the final three nights of qualifying for the 2022 Men’s FIFA World Cup.

The celebration of “The World’s Game” will kick off on Thursday, March 24, as the United States plays Mexico at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Tucson’s Watch Party will be held at the Tucson Convention Center, where fans of both national teams will have the opportunity to enjoy food trucks, music and watch the game on a pair of 20-foot big screens.

“Soccer sobroso is an opportunity for our community to celebrate southern Arizona’s culture, food and music through our love of soccer,” said Amanda Powers, president of FC Tucson. “Whether you’re wearing the red, white and blue and cheering for the U.S., or the green, white and red and are a proud supporter of Mexico, we want all our fans to come out and enjoy the game with us.”


The Desert Showcase presented by Visit Tucson is a platform for FC Tucson, Tucson’s professional soccer club, and Official Community Partner, Rio Nuevo, to showcase Tucson’s City of Gastronomy designation. Sonoran Hot Dogs, Horchata, Agua Fresca and more will be on the menu for purchase for fans to enjoy while taking in the match.

The party doesn’t stop there.

On Sunday, March 27, downtown bar and restaurant Ten55 Brewing Company will host the Watch Party for the U.S. match against Panama. Ten55 serves award-winning craft beer and delicious pub fare in a beautifully renovated space.

The penultimate game of the qualifying round, which will be played in Orlando, will be at 4 p.m. MT.

The crescendo of the Desert Showcase Watch Parties will be Wednesday, March 30, at the iconic Hotel Congress, Tucson’s cultural landmark. This final day will feature the United States’ game at Costa Rica (6:05 p.m.) as the qualifying round comes to a conclusion.

The Desert Showcase presented by Visit Tucson has brought some of the top professional soccer clubs throughout the United States to Southern Arizona in January and February as part of the 12th annual event.