NEWARK - People around New Jersey are ready for the World Cup.

Brazil beat Croatia 3-1 in the first game Thursday, kicking off the 2014 FIFA World Cup and beginning its quest for a sixth world title almost seven years after the nation was picked as host.

After so much talk about delays, protests and problems, fans at last are getting a chance to cheer for the national team on home soil in football's showcase tournament.

In Newark, several viewing parties were set up in the city’s Ironbound section. 

The city will close Chambers Street between Ferry and Clover streets and McWhorter Street between Garden and East Kinney streets through July 13.

Brazil hasn't hosted the World Cup since 1950, when it endured a heartbreaking loss to Uruguay in the final. 

The United States will play its first game of the tournament against Ghana on Monday.