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Empire State Building Lights Up with Team Colors for World Cup 2018

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|by Meagan Hoffman |


Celebrate World Cup 2018!

The largest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup 2018, starts June 14. To honor the participating teams, the Empire State Building is lighting up with each country’s colors (and raising their respective flags at the mast) starting at sunset on June 13. Going until 2am EST, each country will be represented, starting with the host country Russia in Group A and continuing through all the groups, ending with Japan in Group H. 

Empire State Building displaying the colors and flag for Australia (Photo: Empire State Building)

Empire State Building displaying the colors and flag for Australia (Photo: Empire State Building)

Here are the countries participating in World Cup 2018:
Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco
Group C: France, Peru, Denmark, Australia
Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama
Group H: Poland, Columbia, Senegal, Japan

In commemoration of the FIFA World Cup, the Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, Anthony E. Malkin, stated, “The Empire State Building is excited to share the gift of this new light show on the eve of one of the biggest sporting events in the world. We wish every participating team the best of luck, and look forward to lighting up the New York City skyline with the colors of the world.”

World Cup fans are encouraged to post and share pictures of the light show with the hashtag #ESBWorldCup to show support for all teams represented in the tournament.

When the FIFA World Cup is down to its finalists, the Empire State Building will then display those team colors and flags on July 14, as well as the color and flag of the World Cup 2018 champion country on July 15. Go, teams!

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