WARRNAMBOOL’S Cally Hotel is about to become World Cup central for the next month.
The hotel will kick off its World Cup celebrations by opening at 7.30am this Saturday to give locals the chance to get together and cheer on the Socceroos in their first game against Chile.
The hotel will broadcast the game on a big screen from 8am and will add a Brazilian drink called “caipirinha” to its menu to get viewers in the World Cup spirit.
The hotel’s manager Lucas Reid said the drink was made from the sugarcane spirit cachaco, lime and agava.
The hotel will also be serving breakfast and coffee to help supporters get off to a good start.
The first 100 patrons through the door will receive a free Socceroos beanie or scarf to declare their allegiance to the Australian team.
Hotel staff are also wearing Socceroos shirts to further spread support for the team.
Mr Reid said local soccer teams had been invited to make the Cally their home during the World Cup that will have its final on Monday, July 14.
He said the hotel had also converted one of its rooms to a World Cup viewing area for a number of its guests from overseas who were keen to follow the broadcasts of the championship rounds.
Many of the cup rounds will be broadcast in the early hours of the morning and the viewing area will allow the guests to share the excitement of the competition with other soccer fans.
World Cup fans in Camperdown will also have the chance to get together at the Killara Centre in Manifold Street for the Socceroos’ game against Chile on Saturday morning.
A hot breakfast will be served from 7.30am and the game streamed live on the big screen.
Entry is free and proceeds from the breakfast will go to event host Corangamite Lions Soccer Club.
Corangamite Shire recreation development officer Lucy Vesey said screening the game was a way for the local soccer club to celebrate the world game.
“The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world, so it’s great for our local club members to celebrate the game at its most elite level,” Ms Vesey said.