Kick off

Kick off


Shopping malls get into the spirit of the World Cup, writes Wong Yat-hei

The 2010 World Cup kicks off tomorrow at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, with host nation South Africa facing Mexico. Even if you're not able to get tickets down to the Rainbow Nation, you don't have to miss out on the games. It can be just as exciting sharing the experience with friends and soccer fans in Hong Kong.

Young Post takes a look at shopping malls around Hong Kong that are offering live broadcasts of the games and, more importantly, an adrenaline-raising atmosphere.

Hacken Lee and Football Club

Citywalk, Tsuen Wan

Citywalk will install three huge screens and 30 plasma televisions to broadcast all 64 World Cup games. On the opening night, pop star Hacken Lee and several members of the South China Football Club will make an appearance.

Meet the celebrities

Tuen Mun Town Plaza

Tuen Mun Town Plaza has invited singer Richie Ren to watch the World Cup on the opening night with other soccer enthusiasts. He will meet fans and sign autographs. Actor Jaycee Chan, actress Fiona Sit and director Barbara Wong will turn up on June 13 and watch the games with fans.

The luxury

Telford Plaza at Kowloon Bay and Maritime Square in Tsing Yi

Telford Plaza and Maritime Square will broadcast all the games in high-definition on gigantic screens: a 150-inch screen in Telford Plaza and a 200-inch one in Maritime Square. Snacks and drinks will be served. Masseurs will be on hand to help you relax from the intensity of the games. Maritime Square will be turned into a 6,000 sq ft football pitch to hold 3,000 fans.

Soccer cafe

Hollywood Plaza, Diamond Hill

Hollywood Plaza will be broadcasting all 64 games on a 250-inch television screen. There is a soccer cafe where fans can relax on massage chairs and help themselves to snacks.

Treat for students

Langham Place, Mong Kok

If you and your friends are die-hard soccer fans, sign up for a spot to watch the World Cup here. The atrium on level four will be transformed into a replica of Green Point Stadium in Cape Town so that fans can enjoy a truly realistic experience of the games. You have to go with at least one other person and only secondary and university students are eligible. You need to send a copy of your - and your friend's - student cards to, but act quickly as places will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

The Real Soccer experience

apm, Kwun Tong

All games will be shown on more than 150 screens at the mall. It is decked out like a football field with World Cup mascot Zakumi and a South African cultural theme to let fans feel the World Cup vibe from the host country.



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