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What does a U.S.-less World Cup mean for SteelStacks’ SoccerFest?

The U.S. men’s team failed to qualify for the first time since 1986.

The plans were in place. The Lehigh Valley SoccerFest and Viewing Party, it was announced last week, will return to SteelStacks in 2018, screening all of the World Cup Russia matches on massive outdoor screens.

But while SoccerFest will be back for the World Cup, the U.S. men’s team will not.

Needing only a tie and confident of victory against the world’s 99th-ranked team, the U.S. was eliminated from World Cup contention Tuesday night with a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago that ended a run of seven straight American appearances at soccer’s showcase.

“We let down an entire nation today,” defender Omar Gonzalez said.

Trinidad and Tobago US World Cup SoccerUnited States’ Matt Besler squats on the pitch after losing 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Couva, Trinidad, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

SoccerFest drew tens of thousands of people to the Bethlehem venue in 2014, its first year, for the men’s World Cup in Brazil. And thousands more for the women’s tournament the following year in Canada. And it aired the 2016 Copa America Centenario, hosted in cities around the United States.

But those all had U.S. teams making a run, and the women’s team winning the cup. That definitely drew large crowds, ArtsQuest COO Curt Mosel said Wednesday, but the event was always intended to be of a cultural nature.

With the Americans out of the running, the festival will shift to a more worldly focus. Other popular teams and players from Argentina, Brazil, Portugal and Germany have qualified for World Cup contention, and ArtsQuest wants to more heavily promote the cultures present within the Lehigh Valley, Mosel said.

Exact plans are in development, but there may be broadcasts in Spanish, or partnerships with cultural groups or Russian-owned restaurants — a nod to the tournament’s host country.

“All of the cultures have now been elevated to be a part of the main stage,” Mosel said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Go-karts zip through SteelStacks campus in inaugural grand prix (PHOTOS)

Close to 30 teams participated in Sunday’s SteelStacks Grand Prix in Bethlehem.

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A venue that in less than two months will be filled with the sights and sounds of Musikfest on Sunday offered visitors a vastly different set of sights and sounds. 

The SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem was converted into a half-mile racing track for the inaugural SteelStacks Grand Prix. The event was being billed as a way to celebrate Father’s Day and featured close to 30 teams competing in go-kart races on the makeshift track. 

Lehigh Valley Grand Prix and ArtsQuest were the organizers. 

The track winded through PNC Plaza, offering racers a straightaway that allowed them to reach speeds of up to 40 mph. 

The top teams from the preliminary rounds advanced to a finals race with the winning team taking home trophies created by the Glass Studio at ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory. 

Food trucks, a car show presented by Chevy 21 and a Mario Kart video game tournament inside ArtsQuest Center were among the other offerings at the event. 

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SteelStacks turning into a racetrack on Father’s Day

Go-kart teams will race through a half-mile track at PNC Plaza at the Bethlehem entertainment complex.

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Freedom High School prom 2017 (PHOTOS)

Freedom High School held its prom Friday night at Steelstacks in Bethlehem.

Freedom High School students had their prom Friday at Steelstacks in Bethlehem.
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Soup lovers crowded the ArtsQuest Center to sample all kinds of soups.

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PeepsFest races to New Year’s Eve 2016 with 5K (PHOTOS)

The second day of PeepsFest 2016 included a 5K race and will culminate with the Peeps Chick drop.

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The German-themed holiday marketplace drew almost 70,000 people to the Christmas City this year.

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PeepsFest will drop a new, bigger chick this New Year’s Eve

The festival is hatching a plan for a dramatic countdown.

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The weekend-long festival will continue with a half marathon.

If anything, Matt Gillette was afraid he had run the Runner’s World 5K too fast.
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