Fans gather nationwide for Brawl of the Wild

As one of the largest college football rivalries in the nation, the Cat/Griz football game is a tradition that dates back to 1897. With today’s technology, fans from both sides can gather around together and watch the game no matter where they are in the country. These satellite parties are organized through both the Montana State and University of Montana Alumni Associations. Parties themselves have coordinators from both universities that work to gather alumni and fans together and watch the game. These parties happen across the country, and even some in locations outside the United States.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Buffalo Wild Wings

Located at Buffalo Wild Wings in Las Vegas, Nevada, this satellite party is the smaller of two parties — the larger held at Torrey Pines Pub with over 200 people — located in the Las Vegas area. This party was created two years ago because the original party was too crowded. Around 125-150 people on average attend this party. “Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place for these parties,” MSU Cat Coordinator David Thiel said. “It’s family friendly and has great service.”

Wildwood, Florida

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Held at the restaurant Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Wildwood, Florida, this is the seventh annual satellite party hosted by MSU Cat Coordinator’s Steve and Barb Gamradt. They are expecting roughly 50 Bobcat and Grizzly fans split fairly evenly. “We expect lots of trash talking,” Steve Gamradt said. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is a sports restaurant and pub, providing a great way to view the game. “If you love football, these parties are a great time.”

 

New York City, New York

The Abbey Tavern

Located in The Abbey Tavern in New York City, this party hosts from 150-200 people every year and has been going on since the early 90s. Sean Steyer, who has helped coordinate the party for the Bobcats, says its a great time: “It is a great place for people from Montana to get together.”

Arlington, Virginia
Crystal City Sports Pub

This party reigns in Griz and Bobcat fans from all over the Washington D.C. and Virginia areas. The event varies in size every year, but there are usually 300-500 people in attendance. “It is a really energetic crowd,” Griz coordinator Ashley Strong said. “Family are friends are welcome to attend.”

West Des Moines, Iowa
Champps Americana


Located at Champps Sports Bar and Grill in the Jordan Creek Mall, this will be the fourth satellite party in the West Des Moines area. Coordinated by UM graduate Dave Hill, this party was started as a way to get fellow Montanans together to watch the game. Roughly 30-40 people show up each year. “Fortunately Iowa and Iowa State aren’t playing each other that weekend,” Hill said. “We will have unrestricted access to the big screen TVs and also possibly a larger turnout.”

Nashville, Tennessee
The Crow’s Nest

Located at The Crow’s Nest restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, this satellite party has been around for over 15 years. With fairly even turnout from both UM and MSU, this party holds 40-50 people every year. UM graduate David Revell has helped coordinate this party for over a decade. “We reserve our own room,” Revell said. “It can get to be pretty loud in there.”