It’s almost time—you can feel it in the hail and the storms. Summer is coming, and with it our Smiters’ thirst for victory. Should you want to witness their wrath in the company of other eager fans and on an extra big screen, you’re in luck.
After the electric atmosphere surrounding the big TV screen at Arnarhóll during the Europe Cup two years ago, where the entire crowd supported the Icelandic team with a collective Viking Clap that made headlines all over the world, the Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ) has just announced its willingness to repeat that magical moment.
“It’s a great joy for us to be able to offer the public another great football party,” said Guðni Bergsson, chairman of KSÍ. “The cooperation between KSÍ, the city of Reykjavík and our sponsors has been quite dynamic, and the experience we gained in the past few years will enable us to do even better this summer.”
The Association will therefore be placing two big TV screens in downtown Reykjavík, which will be completely open to the public.
You’ll be able to see all the World Cup games at Ingólfstorg, which is the square by the far end of the main street Austurstræti, towards the harbour.
Specifically, all games involving Iceland will be played in Hljómskálagarður, aka the small park by the pond, complete with public bathrooms, food trucks, tables and a playground.
The first game is still a month away, and that’s enough to practice your Viking Clap and get excited. Then, join the crowd on June 16th to see Iceland smite Argentina in Moscow.