berliners lug sofas to giant world cup living room
When others squeeze into a crowded bar or around a TV set at home, Berliners can watch the World Cup on a comfortable sofa in the stadium --
A 700-size living roominch screen.
The Berlin United football team, which plays in the second division, has turned its stadium into a huge \"World Cup living room\", \"allowing fans to transport their sofas to the stadium to watch the game for free.
At least 12,000 people are expected to watch Germany\'s first Group G match against Portugal on Monday, up to 850 sofas.
All the usual dim sum, including hot dogs and beer, is available at andaltenforte Stadium, but also some home comforts such as sofa tables and lights are available for each sofa.
The feeling of complete comfort is a huge wall around the retro 1970 East German covered screen-Wallpaper style.
Gerald ponski, the organizer of the \"living room\", said he was inspired when he heard the fans sing \"living room, their home\" in a match about the stadium.
\"The idea was clicked,\" Ponesky said . \".
Some people went out of their way to bring their sofas to the venue.
The 32-year-old Sasha Alexander said after booking a location on the stadium lawn that he bought two sofas on eBay, rented a van and drove
\"We live in a big shared apartment and we don\'t want to watch the game at home,\" he was watching Switzerland 2-
Beat Ecuador with friends on Sunday.
\"We thought the living room was big and funny.
\"Neat up and down --
Ordered rows of sofas with fans resting on mats and blankets and feet on the table.
Ponesky says some people come here in bathrobes and feel at ease.
\"It\'s crazy to watch the game on the big screen on the sofa in the stadium,\" English 26-year-
Old Dale Bradbury now living in Berlin(
Edited by Alexandra Hudson and Justin Palmer)