Governors Island: World Cup 2014 + Spontaneous Interventions

By kristin-g


If you’re looking for the perfect place to watch the World Cup, surrounded by family, friends, and great public space initiatives, look no further! Governors Island is the place to be as New York’s largest 2014 World Cup viewing destination. This program was made possible by Cathy Ho and Stefen Jonot of Office Ho Jonot, a cultural consultancy. Through Cathy Ho’s efforts to bring the mini version of the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit to the island, she got the idea to make the island the World Cup viewing zone as well! This initiative is joining other events and cultural programs organized by FIGMENT, Jazz Age Lawn Party, Brooklyn Public Library, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Come Out & Play. The World Cup viewing event is sponsored by ESPN and Barco.

Creating the public viewing zone was not an easy task; organizers needed to get permission from ESPN, FIFA, and Governors Island to take advantage of the public space available on the Island, which recently added 30 acres of new park space designed by noted Dutch landscape architecture firm West 8 with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The obstacles of making this event possible did not stop Ms. Ho, as the public have her to thank for this great initiative. The 2014 World Cup viewing parties will take place at both the Governors Beach Club and the lawns of building 403 along Colonels’ Row, which is the site of the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit.

In between matches, do make sure to check out the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit! This exhibit is a condensed version of the original one presented at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale in the U.S. Pavilion and will display various projects, spotlighted in rooms on the second floor of the building. The featured artists include: DSGN AGNC, BroLab, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Ghana Think Tank and more. There will also be various public programs such as seminars, talks, and workshops exploring various topics including urban vacancy, citizen science, city data mapping, and more. You definitely won’t want to miss this! For continuous updates be sure to check their Facebook page.

This event is a perfect example of different groups of people coming together to create something great for the public. In addition to the hardworking efforts of Office Ho Jonot, there were several generous donations that were crucial to the success of this event. The contributions of two entertainment companies, Barco and I-Mag Video, are allowing the public to watch the games on high-definition TV’s; there is also the addition of fun soccer-related games donated by the city’s newest professional soccer team, the New York FC.

Check the World Cup schedule below to make sure you will not miss out on any of the fun!



Event Information

The Governors Island Ferry Service runs 10am to 6pm Monday-Friday and 10am to 7pm Saturday-Sunday for FREE.

Follow @S_Interventions on Twitter and use the hashtag #WorldCup_GovIsland for updates and information.

Events will also be posted to


Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.