The cost to American businesses of lost wages from workers who skipped work to watch the USA-Germany game on Thursday was put at $350 million. But
they returned to work happy after watching the USA advance to the round of 16 despite their loss to Germany. Thousands turned out at public gatherings and watch parties at bars and restaurants to
watch the game.
Elsewhere, employers brought in pizza and drinks so their workers would at least watch the match at the office. So many fans were watching the game streamed on their
computers or digital devices that some companies monitored bandwidth utilization to prevent their networks from going down. ESPN reported a record 1.7 viewers were watching the game on WatchESPN, so
many folks in fact that some viewers reported the service crashed. San Francisco’s Civic Center (with an estimated 5,000-7,000
fans) ... LA Galaxy party at Hermosa Beach Pier
U.S. Soccer's event in Grant Park ... Washington's DuPont Circle with 25-foot screens
... Sporting KC fans go nuts in Power & Light District ...