Its time for mornings with Messi, coffee with Kaka or breakfast with Bradley and the boys.
If you dont understand the references, you probably wont be one of the soccer fans carving out time to watch the FIFA World Cup games beginning Friday and running through the title game July 11 in South Africa. Because of the time difference, many of the matches are being shown live on ESPN early in the day in the U.S.
A few businesses in the Columbia area think avid fans want to watch the games in a pub-like atmosphere surrounded by fellow soccer aficionados, even if they have to get up early or skip work.
Delaneys in Five Points and Sly Fox Pub in the Vista plan to open in time for the 7:30 a.m. games the first 10 days of the tournament. Publick House will open for those crack-of-dawn games if fans express special interest, and itll certainly be open in time for the 10 a.m. games daily.
Cock N Bull owner Rod Skinner had hoped his pub would be ready at its new home at 326 S. Edisto Ave. by the start of the World Cup, but construction delays made that impossible. Instead, Skinner has worked a deal with Dr. Roccos in Five Points to open for the 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. games for the Cock N Bull regulars through the first two weeks of the tournament.