09/04/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/05/2019 00:17
It has gone from humble beginnings to the most important day on the Australian Sporting Calendar. It is a day full of color, pageantry, excitement, and some of the best the great game of Australian Rules Football has to offer.
The AFL Grand Final has been played every year (bar one) since 1898. They even replayed it a couple of times (three, actually) when it ended in draws. True Story. 100,000 will pack the Melbourne Cricket Ground, just as they have for the past century, to see who will leave as this year's premiers.
But you don't have to procure a ticket to the ground to be a part of the Grand Final. You don't even have to be in Australia. Many USAFL clubs will be hosting watch parties for the big game, offering everything from Aussie delectables to giveaways to fun and games and music in the lead-up to the final showdown. So whether you're a local footy fan or an Australian just passing through the USA on holiday, come out and support your local USAFL club with fellow fans such as yourself and make some new mates in the process!
Below is a listing of USAFL hosted watch parties across the USA listed in alphabetical order by host city. The list will be constantly updated up until the day of the big game, so keep checking back.
List updated as of: 9/5/19
The AFL Grand Final is scheduled for 12:30am EDT on Saturday, September 28th (9:30pm PDT on Friday, September 27th). Unless noted, all parties will begin on Friday, September 27th.
Some parties require tickets to be purchased ahead of time due to limited capacity, and some have specific venue guidelines (age limit, alcohol cutoff times, etc). Be sure to check your party's event page and/or message the host club with any questions.
Can't make it out? The AFL Grand Final will be available on Fox Soccer Plus beginning at 12:23 am EDT, or through a subscription for WatchAFL.
Atlanta, Georgia - Atlanta Kookaburras
10:30 PM EDT
Tin Roof Cantina -- 2591 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
The Atlanta Kookaburras welcome you to their annual AFL Grand Final Watch Party Fundraiser with a live telecast of the great game from the MCG in Melbourne Australia. (More info in event page)
Austin, Texas - Austin Crows
8:30 PM CDT
Lavaca Street Bar at South Lamar -- 3121 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704
Join the Austin Crows and Lavaca Street Bar South Lamar for Austin's Official 2019 AFL Grand Final Watch Party. We'll have prizes, games and giveaways. More details and ticket information to come.
Baltimore, Maryland - Baltimore Dockers
8:00 PM EDT
Nobles -- 1024 South Charles Street, Federal Hill, Maryland 21230
The Baltimore Dockers Australian Rules Football Club is hosting an AFL Grand Final Party on Friday 27th of September. Party will start at 8pm at Nobles with first bounce for the game looking to go up at around 12:30am. Tickets are available at Eventbrite (or contact any Dockers player for details) for $15 or $10 for social members. Purchase of a ticket will get you a token for a meat pie and two domestic beers. (More info in event page)
Chicago, Illinois - Chicago Swans
9:00 PM CDT
Brickhouse Tavern -- 3647 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
2019 AFL Grand Final Party hosted by the Chicago Swans! 9pm - Game starts at 11.30pm. Tickets can be purchased at chicagofooty.com
Denver, Colorado - Denver Bulldogs
8:00 PM MDT
The Celtic on Market & Off Track Betting -- 1400 Market St, Denver, CO 80202
This is THE premier watch party for the AFL Grand Final in the Front Range or for the American's reading this, the Australian Superrr Bowlll. We're talking about the most popular sport in Australia, soon to be taken over by the great Americans in the USAFL, specifically members of the Denver Bulldogs. This is going to be the event of the year! It's a crazy sport with rowdy fans who enjoy their beers and unlike Denver Broncos fans, they stay until the end of the game. (More info in event)
Des Moines, Iowa - Des Moines Roosters
10:00 PM CDT
Ingersoll Towers Party Room -- 3662 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 53012
Watch the Grand Final of the AFL Nationals with the Roosters! Join us for a late night of footy as we watch the biggest match of the AFL season. We'll have some snacks and Exile beer, of course!
Houston, Texas - Houston Lonestars
The Phoenix on Westheimer -- 1915 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
Event Page Coming Soon
Hosted by the Houston Lonestars Australian Football Club
New York, New York - New York Magpies
9:00 PM EDT
5th & Mad -- 7 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016
Join the New York Magpies for the 2019 AFL Grand Final! Tickets: $15 online early bird prices until Sept 23rd. $20 regular price! Buy 4, Get 1 FREE!
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Hawks
8:00 PM EDT
Cavanaugh's Headhouse -- 421 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
The Philadelphia Hawks Australian Football Club is again teaming up with our mates at Cavanaugh's Headhouse Square to bring you the AFL Grand Final watch party! We'll have the 2019 AFL Grand Final on EVERY SCREEN, plenty of pies and Coopers, and raffles galore. 21 and over only - sorry tykes. (More info in event page)
Phoenix (Scottsdale), Arizona - Arizona Hawks
8:30 PM MST
Thirsty Lion Gatropub & Grill -- 7014 E Camelback Rd, Ste 1423, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Join us again at Thirsty Lion in Scottsdale as we host the largest gathering in Arizona to watch what promises to be another epic final between two giants yet to be decided. Will the mighty Eagles repeat their heroics of last year? Or will someone else become Premiers? We have a priority booking with the venue and a private viewing room with an adjoining patio. It promises to be another brilliant night with lots of prizes and raffles on offer.
Portland, Oregon - Portland AFC
7:00 PM PDT
On Deck Sports Bar & Grill-Pearl -- 910 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Event Page Coming Soon
Hosted by the Portland Australian Football Club
Sacramento, California - Sacramento Suns
8:00 PM PDT
Costanza's -- 2107 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Join the Sacramento Australian Football Club for the 2019 AFL Grand Final. We will be hanging in Midtown at Costanza's. THEME OF THE NIGHT IS LUAU. Wear a Hawaiian shirt or a grass skirt or more.... (More info on event page)
San Diego, California - San Diego Lions
7:30 PM PDT
Quartyard -- 1301 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101
Join the San Diego Lions Australian Football Club as they host their annual Grand Final Extravaganza! (more info on event page)
San Francisco, California - Golden Gate AFL
7:00 PM PDT
BuzzWorks -- 365 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
The Golden Gate Australian Football League (a registered 501c3 non-profit) is again teaming up with BuzzWorks to bring you the most fair-dinkum AFL Grand Final watch party! We've rented out the entire venue to show the 2019 AFL Grand Final on EVERY SCREEN including the huge jumbo screen behind the bar. Over 21yo only please (no kids). (More Info in event page)
Seattle, Washington - Seattle Grizzlies
7:00 PM PDT
Kangaroo and Kiwi -- 2026 NW Market St, Seattle, Washington 98107
Join the Seattle Grizzlies men and women for our biggest event of the year! Money raised will go to the development of the local Aussie Rules footy club. There will be raffles and prizes on the night. The great staff at our sponsor bar will be serving up Aussie beers and food. Meat pies, parmas, and sausage rolls aplenty. We look forward to seeing you there!
Washington, DC - DC Eagles Football Club
9:00 PM EDT
Crystal City Sports Pub -- 529 23rd St S, Arlington, Virginia 22202
Join the DC Eagles @ Crystal City Sports Pub to watch Australia's most exciting sport event, the AFL Grand Final! (More info on event page)