August 30, 2018
September is here. That means it’s time for three things: football, football and more football.
Missouri State kicks off the 2018 season Thursday, Aug. 30, with a 7 p.m. trip to Oklahoma State. Mizzou and Arkansas both host home games Saturday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. The Tigers play Tennessee-Martin. The Razorbacks play Eastern Illinois.
The Kansas City Chiefs visit the San Diego Chargers at 3 p.m. Sept. 9 in their season-opening game.
Maybe you’ve cut the cord at your house and can’t see all the games you want on your TV. Perhaps you just prefer watching the game in a social setting. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking for a place to watch your favorite team, Downtown Springfield is the place to be.
Here’s our comprehensive, downtown, football-watching guide.
It’s GAME ON at Big Whiskey’s, where the competition won’t just be on TV. The Parkway East staple is launching a Cashew wing sauce and a PB&J wing sauce. Customers will be able to vote on their favorite sauce online, starting Sept. 15. Visit bigwhiskeys.com/gameon to vote.
The big TVs at Big Whiskey’s will be showing NFL and college games. Laura Head Elliott, director of marketing, said the establishment will have the NFL Sunday Ticket package with Dish Network.
“We’ll have all the Thursday night games, Sunday games, Monday night games and everything in between. For college games, we’re your spot, too,” she said.
Big Whiskey’s will show the Kansas City Chiefs and AFC West games, as well as Mizzou, Arkansas, the SEC and Big 10. Don’t see your team on TV? Just ask the friendly staff.
“Depending on guest preferences, we’ll do our best to accommodate requests,” Head Elliott said. “But we can’t guarantee we will change the channel if guests are already enjoying a particular game.”
You’re sure to get hungry and thirsty during the game, but don’t worry. Big Whiskey’s will be offering $.60 wings to its dine-in customers during Sunday games, as well as $2.50 domestic and $3.50 draft beer pints.
Saturday’s specials include tall draft beers for the price of a small and $5 margaritas.
“(Big Whiskey’s is) the original Sunday Funday! Great wings, great beer selection and a 110-inch projection TV for all the big games,” Head Elliott said.
You already thing of Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes for, well, burgers and shakes. Have you ever thought about combining those things with football?
“Everyone has a TV to watch the game, but not everyone has such amazing burgers and shakes,” Black Sheep told us.
The restaurant, near the intersection of South and Walnut, will show be showing Missouri’s teams this fall. If you don’t see the game you want, just ask. If they have it, they’ll put in on for you.
Is pizza more your thing? You’re in luck. Head over to BYOPizza on South Jefferson to catch the game. It’s a great spot for college Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. BYOPizza does close at 7 p.m. on Sundays and will not have the NFL Network or NFL Sunday Ticket.
“BYOPizza is the place to be for games. Because of our layout, anybody could watch several games at once, with four TVs to choose from,” general manager Kevin Stephens said. “The remote is theirs on a first come basis to control what games they want to watch. We have great pizza specials to choose from and our pizzas bake fast, so if they need more, we can have them to their table within four minutes to keep the party going.”
They will also have incredible specials:
And feel free to bring your kids, Stephens said.
“We have one TV reserved specifically for old-school Nintendo games, where they can play Nintendo while their parents watch the game. If Nintendo is not their kids thing, we also have a number of board games they can request to play, all while watching the game. Now that’s fast, fun, and a great bang for your buck!”
Squaregoers already know about Civil Kitchen’s incredible patio. The restaurant also has big screens inside. This fall they’ll be showing whatever NFL and college games the customers want.
And you can sample their delicious menu while you’re at it.
“On Sundays we have pitcher specials and $5 classic cocktails,” Civil Kitchen said. “(We have) 28 great beers and even better food. What more do you need to pair with football?”
Falstaff’s Local is a great spot for Chiefs games as well as Monday night and Thursday night football. It’s located on Park Central West.
“Sundays we do Industry Day. Happy Hour all day,” Scott Morris, of Falstaff’s, said. “We are working on some other specials, too, for Sunday. We know we are one of the only places open on Sunday Downtown and we know we have the best TVs and sound system to watch the games.
Falstaff’s Local opens at noon Sundays and they’d love to see you.
It’s been a big year for Lost Signal Brewing Company. They’ve won awards for the beers and their food. But the spot known well for its barbecue pork is also a place to watch some pigskin.
“Lost Signal is the place to come watch the games because we will take care of the food and beer so you don’t have to worry about it,” owner Tyler Hoke said. “So why not enjoy every football game at the voted best BBQ restaurant and microbrewery in Springfield?”
Hoke said the his College Street joint will show the video of as many games as possible. That includes the ESPN, Fox and NBC networks, as well as the SEC and Big 10. Lost Signal doesn’t plan to show any team on a regular basis, so feel free to request your favorite squad.
Want to try their incredible food and drinks at your own party? Hoke’s got a deal for you.
“Our current promotion is spend $200 on catering and get two 32-ounce growlers and beer for free,” he said. “We will have food specials as well, but haven’t nailed those down yet.”
Patton Alley Pub — which is appropriately located on Patton Alley — keeps its three TVs tuned to sports all the time. If you want to see your favorite team above the bar, don’t be afraid to ask! Grab some grub and something to drink while you’re there.
“We have happy hour Monday through Saturday from 1-7 p.m. and all day on Sundays. That gives you access to some great apps for half price and deals on drinks too,” Patton Alley Pub said.
There are plenty other great places to watch the game in Downtown Springfield. Be sure to check out Dublin’s Pass, Harbell’s, Pappo’s Pizzeria and Pub and Springfield Brewing Company, among others.