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SoccerFest 2022 concludes with the FIFA World Cup Final on Sunday 18 December


BETHLEHEM, PA — One last bout of soccer fever raged on the SteelStacks campus on Sunday, December 18th, as an excited crowd gathered to watch France take on Argentina in the final match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, broadcast live from Qatar and shown. Free inside ArtsQuest Center at Palette & Pour and Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas.

Football fever swept the region this year with free viewing opportunities that began on Friday, November 18, and ended with France losing to Argentina in the final.

“We were proud to welcome our community to the ArtsQuest Center for the entirety of SoccerFest 2022,” said Curt Musil, ArtsQuest Chief Operating Officer. “And we are very grateful to our partners, sponsors, and volunteers for making this possible.”

Through November and December, Arts Quest and Presenting Partner Wind Creek Bethlehem, in partnership with Lehigh Valley United (LVU), Lehigh Valley Health Network, Baby J Productions/Sabroso Video, La Mega Radio, Coca-Cola of the Lehigh Valley, KLYR Rum, Discover the Lehigh Valley and WFMZ (Edición En Español) TV69 hosted free viewing concerts at Café Musikfest presented by Yuengling, Palette and Pour, Frank Banko Alehouse Red Cinema and Air Products Town Square. The event was also supported by a committee of volunteers from LVU, Klunk & Milan, Gregory FCA, and Discover Lehigh Valley. Free soccer clinics for children were also given by Greg Ramos of Lehigh Valley United and Dominette’s 18th goalkeeper and soccer coaching.

More than 5,000 soccer fans spent time cheering and celebrating victories during SoccerFest 2022 at Bethlehem-based ArtsQuest, the only World Cup viewing location in the Lehigh Valley.

“Seeing so many people come together, culminating in such large crowds for the USMNT games and final match is a testament to the important place this sport has in our society,” said Mosel. “It was amazing to know that more than 22 million people watched the World Cup Final in the USA – that’s more than the World Championships!”

Australia and New Zealand will co-host the ninth tournament FIFA Women’s World Cup From July 20 to August 20 in 2023, 32 nations are set to compete for the first time since the inception in 1991 as a 12-team tournament.

“We can’t wait to welcome fans back to SteelStacks in July 2023,” said Mosel. “As it looks now, there will be plenty of opportunities for Lehigh Valley soccer fans to rally around their favorites during the Women’s Cup as the USWNT defends their back-to-back titles.”

About ArtsQuest
Arts Quest The mission is to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural, and educational experiences using arts and culture as essential components of the economic development of our urban communities. ArtsQuest™ supports this mission by featuring performing and visual arts, film, arts education classes, outreach, youth programming, and cultural events.

Through festivals such as the main event, Musical celebration; the Banana Factory Art Center; and the ArtsQuest Center in Steel Stacks A campus of arts and culture, ArtsQuest programs reach more than 1.9 million people annually. The organization’s programs and events, nearly 50% of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $136 million annually in the region. ArtsQuest is a proud member of NIVA, and National Independent Utilities Association and NATO National Association of Theater Owners.

Information provided to TVL by:
Shannon Keith, ArtsQuest
Communications manager

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