FORT MYERS, Fla. - Southwest Florida soccer fans have a fever and the only prescription is more FIFA! Far away from today's match between Germany and the U.S., Germans and Americans got together to watch it at the German-American Club. The Cape Coral club has 800 members during the busy times of the year. They normally rely on heritage for business, but today they're relying that and on FIFA fans.
"When I look around, it's 30% guests that have never been here in the club," said the club's bartender, Gregor Pischku.
While some couples came to watch together, it didn't exactly mean they were rooting for the same team. Jackie Langenbach says her son got her a U.S.A. jersey and her husband a Germany Jersey for Christmas.
She says they knew the german-american club was the perfect spot to watch.
"I think it's great," she said, "I think it's an amazing thing and it brings people together, and I think, when you have two sides in the same place for the same thing, it's just good fun!"
Aside from the restaurants and clubs getting some extra business, owners of sports stores like Golazzo on Palm beach Boulevard are grinning from ear-to-ear. Frank Dedios, the owner, says normal sales for this time of year are about $20,000 a month, but not this year.
"This has been a little bit better than usual," Dedios said. "June and July are our worst months, but because of the world cup, we've been up about 300% this year compared to last year."
From jerseys to soccer balls to some World Cup shoes, Dedios says FIFA fever is running rampant, and the fans aren't the only ones soaking it up!