Football fever hits theatre

01:00, Jun 23 2010

Islanders wanting to get together and watch the FIFA World Cup are being invited to free, live screenings of all matches.

They are being shown at the community theatre, at Artworks in Oneroa, by Argentinean café manager and soccer fan Sergio Rodriguez, who suggested the idea to theatre trust chairman Colin Beardon some months ago.

All matches are being screened up to and including the final on July 11 and the café will be open, offering hot and cold beverages and a range of snacks.

The theatre was recently able to erect a satellite dish on its roof after permission had been initially refused by Auckland City Council.

Mr Beardon says he had been forced to battle hard for a change of heart but help from Waiheke Community Board chairman Tony Sears and councillor Denise Roche helped to win the day.

Mr Rodriguez says a number of islanders have already been enjoying the screenings.

"We had between 60 and 70 people in for the first New Zealand match and around 35 fans turned up for the Chile game.

"It's as if we're having our own 'island stadium' inside the coffee shop."

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