PhinneyWood Summer Streets returns next Friday, August 10th, where much of Greenwood Avenue will be closed down for a fun neighborhood block party in the evening hours (6 to 10pm, so be prepared to reroute if you’re driving). Summer Streets features live music, dancing, activities for the kids and more. Bring nonperishable food again this year for Seattle’s largest food can pyramid to benefit Greenwood Food Bank, and enjoy the art walk which will spill into the street.
And this year, something new: the first ever Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament.
The soccer tournament is presented by Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, The Yard Cafe, and natural energy drink Golazo (I’ve had it – it’s good). Registration is now full for the event with 92 players divided into 16 teams and competing in two divisions – fun and pro, so if you didn’t get a chance to sign up you’ll be watching from the sidelines at this point.
A big neighborhood event like this wouldn’t be complete without a celebrity referee, so come see former Sounders player Santa Maria Rivera, now a Golazo spokesperson, ref the game. And enjoy music with tunes spinned by DJ Dave Newman.
“Seattle is one of the greatest soccer cities in the world,” said Naked City’s general Manager Bryan Miller. “It was only a matter of time before we had our own major street soccer tournament.” He adds, “The response has been incredible. The City of Seattle has been amazingly helpful with logistics, and The Yard and Golazo are great partners.”
Several of the players on the “pro” division are former Sounders, and there will be a cup prize for each division. All the participating players in each division receive two complimentary beers.
What a great addition to Summer Streets! To learn more about the other events happening at Summer Streets, visit their website here.