RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The FIFA World Cup is the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world and it officially began Thursday with Brazil beating Croatia in the first match.
Reno fans are celebrating the start of the exciting soccer competition, while local restaurants and bars are making their business the hot spot for fans to cheer on their favorite team. Several fans are doing that at the Reno Sportsdome and tell News 4 who they want to win it all.
“I'm definitely rooting for the U.S.”
“I'm rooting for Brazil.”
“I would love to see the U.S. take it.”
Dozens of soccer fans filled the Reno Sportsdome Thursday to watch the first game of the month-long World Cup tournament.
Although fans differ on who they hope wins it all, they do agree on what the World Cup is all about. "The amount of people that get together to celebrate a sport," said Gerzon Chaves. "To see how amazing soccer players are, they're very talented."
"I love that it brings the world together," said Robin Novak. "I mean it's the worlds sport, it's everywhere in the world, every corner."
"What I love about the World Cup is that it brings the nations together," said Gustavo Velasco. "Just like food does, just like drinks do, and just like friends coming to your house."
Owner of the Dome, Owen Blake, said his business is all about bringing soccer fans together, and the World Cup is definitely an exciting time here. "Passionate soccer fans that play here in leagues," said Blake. "And they’re very excited about coming together to watch games, you know the way the World Cup is supposed to be watched around the world."
local sports books say the popularity of betting on soccer games has grown within the last ten years. "During the World Cup it's actually gotten to the baseball status with us," said Atlantis Casino Sports Book Manager Steve Mikkelson. "Some games are even more than some of the baseball games we do, so it's definitely rising as far as interest and wagering it."
The Reno Sportsdome will be airing every World Cup game here, so all fans are encouraged to watch games there.