UPDATE, March 12: NBC Sports announced Thursday its Premier League Mornings Live fan festival has been rescheduled for the fall amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:
ORIGINAL STORY, Feb. 24: Soccer fans in Philadelphia are getting as close to the Premier League as they can without hopping on a plane.
NBC Sports announced Monday its Premier League Mornings Live fan festival is coming to Philly on April 4 and April 5, setting up at Dilworth Park for a jam-packed weekend of soccer.
The festival, which will be free for fans to attend, will feature a live broadcast of NBC Sports's Premier League morning show from outside City Hall, meet-and-greets with club mascots, and of course live broadcasts of matches: the weekend features a marquee matchup on Sunday, April 5, between top-of-table Liverpool and second-place Manchester City.
In College GameDay-like fashion, the live broadcasts begin bright and early at 7 a.m. on April 4, and fans are advised to arrive early to guarantee entry. You can RSVP here for your chance at free entry to the fan festivals.
Philly is the third of three Premier League Mornings Live destinations during the 2019-20 campaign, after Austin, Texas and Miami Beach. New York, Washington D.C., and Boston all received the fan festival treatment during the 2018-19 campaign.
"It seems only fitting that we round off our Premier League Mornings Live events for the 2019/20 season by bringing soccer fans together in the city famed for brotherly love, Philadelphia," Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said in a release Monday.
"The event at Dilworth Park will be another exciting chance for NBC Sports and us to bring Premier League action direct to supporters in the US and will be the first time at a Mornings Live Fan Festival where we have hosted an esports final. We hope that this and the other great free activities available to fans will encourage them to come down and get involved."
Soccer fans from across the country will be able to interact with the event by sharing their #MyPLMorning on social media, from wherever they are watching. Select viewer photos will be featured on air throughout the weekend.