Crosscut Tout: Watching the World Cup in 3D

For serious watching, the best view may be in order.
For serious watching, the best view may be in order.

Now it's getting serious: the once-every-four-years final of the World Cup. What better place to watch than two of Seattle's most serious sports-watching bars? And what better way to go than wearing funky glasses and watching in 3D?

Starting at 10:30 am on Sunday (July 11), the game will be shown at Sport on ESPN 3, Comcast's Channel 898, in 3D. No extra charge for the glasses (use your driver's license as a deposit), special beer-on-tap pricing ($3 domestic, $4 micros), and a full menu. There are over three dozen TV screens in the 160-seat restaurant, including a giant, 130-inch HDTV and two 50-inch plasma displays, 13 screens in the private booths and 10 outdoor screens.

Not quite as many TVs at Gordon Biersch, the brewery-and-restaurant on the top floor of Pacific Place but they're RealD, which (it's claimed) are superior even to 3D. The new 46'ꀝ HD-3D TVs will premiere for soccer fans on Saturday (July 10) at 11:30 for the third-place match between Uruguay and Germany, and will reprise Sunday for the Netherlands-Spain final. In between, at 7 pm Saturday, it's the Mariners v. the Yankees. And the All-Star game Tuesday as well.

By the way, if you don't wear your 3D glasses, you can still see the action; it's just a bit blurry. If the screen looks blurry but you're wearing your glasses, you've had too much beer.

If you go: No cover, no minimum, no reservations for World Cup events. Sport, Fisher Plaza, 140 Fourth Avenue N., 206-404-7767. Gordon Biersch, Pacific Place, 600 Pine Street, Suite 401, 206-405-4205.


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Ronald Holden

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