Thousands of U.S fans headed to Orlando, Florida to join the Premier League and NBC Sports for the Premier League Mornings Live fan festival on 21 and 22 January.
The two-day fan event at Universal CityWalk, Universal Orlando Resort’s entertainment complex, featured live action from Premier League fixtures presented across NBC, Peacock, USA Network, Telemundo and Universo.
Premier League Hall of Fame Inductee Alan Shearer plus former players including Gary Cahill and Carlton Cole, joined the NBC Sports' studio team of Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe and Tim Howard as special guests.
Outstanding support in Orlando!— Premier League USA (@PLinUSA) January 22, 2023
Thank you, @PLinUSA fans pic.twitter.com/H8sYFI286I
Cole, who starred for Chelsea and West Ham United, hung out with PGA pro Billy Horschel and other Hammers' fans as they watched the east London side secure a big win over relegation rivals Everton.
🇺🇸 @CarltonCole1 and @BillyHo_Golf leading our celebrations in Orlando ⚒️@PLinUSA | #MyPLMorning pic.twitter.com/VaQB7AfS2T— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 22, 2023
Telemundo Deportes provided on-location reports from the Fan Fest into weekend coverage on Telemundo and Universo, and they captured the weekend's brilliant family-friendly atmosphere.
The next generation of early risers showed up in a big way for Fan Fest Orlando. 👏 pic.twitter.com/bBw9HWjNHn— Premier League USA (@PLinUSA) January 23, 2023
Mascots from clubs including Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace flew over to join in the fun, while Nottingham Forest offered a signed 2022/23 Jesse Lingard home shirt and personalised video message in a special competition for their U.S fans.
The Orlando fan festival was the eighth Premier League Mornings Live supporter event to be presented by NBC Sports and the Premier League, and the second this season, following the Philadelphia fan fest in October 2022.
Philly and Fan Fest went together like cheese whiz and steak 🙌 pic.twitter.com/khcJySX4xx— Premier League USA (@PLinUSA) October 21, 2022
Previous fan festivals were held in Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Austin, Miami Beach and Los Angeles.
Over 50,000 soccer fans in the U.S. have attended Premier League Mornings Live events to date, which create a unique matchday experience for fans on-site and display the energy and passion of the Premier League for millions watching the broadcast at home.
Soccer fans from across the country interacted with the event by sharing their #MyPLMorning on social media, from wherever they were watching. Select viewer photos were featured on-air throughout the weekend.
10,000 fans at @UniversalORL and a record-setting 2.3M at home came together to make Fan Fest weekend absolutely epic 🤩🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/PeKQe51lrq— Premier League USA (@PLinUSA) January 26, 2023