NEW YORK, NY (June 6, 2018) – The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced that on June 13, 2018, it will shine its world-famous LED lights in a brand new dynamic light show to celebrate the world’s most popular sporting event, the 2018 World Cup. Starting at sunset, each of the participating thirty-two countries who made it through the years-long qualifying process will light up the city skyline in a rotation of colors with each country’s flag in the mast. Starting with host country Russia and Group A, the rotation will continue through 2:00 AM ET and will appear in the following order:
Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco
Group C: France, Peru, Denmark, Australia
Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama
Group H: Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan
“The Empire State Building is excited to share the gift of this new light show on the eve of one of the biggest sporting events in the world,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust. “We wish every participating team the best of luck, and look forward to lighting up the New York City skyline with the colors of the world.”
Fans are encouraged to share photos and videos of the lighting and post them to their social media channels, using the hashtag #ESBWorldCup to show the massive fan support from across the globe as these teams kick off the tournament.
The Building will also light for the two finalists on July 14, as well as the champion on July 15, 2018. Pictures and video are available upon request.
About the Empire State Building
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the “World’s Most Famous Building.” With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper’s robust broadcasting technology supports major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world’s most beloved attractions as the region’s #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, @EmpireStateBldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, www.youtube.com/esbnyc or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg/
About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world’s most famous building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of March 31, 2018, consisting of 9.4 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 700,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio.