LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The 2022 World Cup is finally upon and like countless soccer fans around the world, Daniel Bryant has eagerly been waiting for the games to begin.
“I try to watch every single game if possible. I don't always get to do that," said Bryant.
For the past few months, he's been working to turn his restaurant, Hill Station, into a gameday headquarters for soccer fans in the Natural State.
“We got a flag from all the nations that are playing and it looks cool out front, everybody seems to like it,” said Bryant.
No matter the time or the day of the game, Bryant said his doors will be open.
“If we’re going to embrace it, we're going to embrace it fully. That includes the 4:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., Thanksgiving. Days we're normally closed like Monday, we're going to be open,” said Bryant.
This coverage is appreciated by local soccer fans like Max McCluskey, who's just excited and ready for this year's World Cup.
“As someone who's always been a fan of soccer and just wanting to see the game progress in the United States, it's finally happening before my eyes and I’m just so happy,” said McCluskey.
Bryant said in order to be open for every game some adjustments will have to be made.
“We'll be running a really abbreviated menu,” said Bryant. “So, it'll probably just be me and maybe one other person, two other people early, and then the other staff will start coming in.”
Bryant said in the end, it's about providing an experience for fans.
“I’ve got a lot of soccer friends that are soccer fans from other countries, and they don't always get to watch their game in primetime,” said Bryant.
With expanded hours he hopes everyone can catch their team on the big screen.
On Friday, Bryant said they will be putting a turf soccer field on Kavanaugh for families to enjoy as the United States plays England.