TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Soccer fans got an early start to their day as they headed downtown Tucson to watch Mexico vs. Sweden in the World Cup.
Playground Bar and Lounge opened its doors at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, and the business filled up as it got closer to game time.
"A lot of people turned up. There was so much energy coming from everybody," said fan Carlos Castro, who was one of the first to arrive.
Dozens of fans in green sat at the bar watching the numerous TV screens during what turned into an emotional hour and a half. The crowd appeared down as Sweden began to win.
"I thought we weren't going to make it for a minute there, but Korea came out played a good game. I'm really excited," Jose Luis Padilla-Soto said.
As the goals against Mexico increased, fans turned their attention to the South Korea and Germany match. The mood turned into joy as South Korea beat the defending world champs, giving Mexico what it needed to advance despite losing to Sweden.
"You can feel the disappointment, but then you can feel the energy from everyone cheering up," Sanchez said.
Playground bar manager Josh Clements said the turnout was great, saying the boost in businesses is much needed during the slow summer months.
"It's definitely a giant influx in business when it comes to people showing up. It is a world event," he said.