Brawl of the Wild Cats, Griz - VAULT IMAGE

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Bars and restaurants across Montana and beyond are preparing for both Cats and Griz fans who are unable to make it to Washington-Grizzly Stadium for the 120th Brawl of the Wild.

Both the Montana State University Alumni Association and University of Montana Alumni Association have worked with coordinators across the country to host watch parties for those who can’t make it to Missoula for the annual rivalry game between the two schools.

The noon game will be televised on Big Sky Conference broadcast partner ROOT Sports in conjunction with its regional AT&T Sports Net affiliates; however, ESPN+ will also stream the game but will be blacked out anywhere inside of the ROOT Sports and AT&T Sports Net footprint. 

Back in September, DISH Networks announced they will no longer carry Root Sports and AT&T for their customers and have not yet reached a deal.

According to the MSU Alumni Association more than 10,000 Montana State and University of Montana alumni, friends and fans gather at over 90 different locations to watch one of the greatest rivalries in the nation.

Specific to Montana, Cat-Griz watch parties include-

  • Bozeman- Rocking R Bar
  • Billings- The Red Door Lounge
  • Great Falls- P. Gibson's
  • Glendive- The Gust Hauf
  • Whitefish/Kalispell- Great Northern Bar & Grill
  • Sidney- Winner's Pub Sports Bar and Casino
  • Florence- Backyard Tap House
  • Poplar- American Legion

For Bobcat and Griz fans in Wyoming-

  • Casper- The Office
  • Cody- Millstone Pizza & Brewery

MSU Bobcat fans in Bozeman will have multiple options when it comes to watching the game, but Rocking R Bar Owner Mike Hope said they will be opening up early at 10 a.m. on Saturday to all for brunch and the alumni association’s event. Seating will be first-come first-serve.

EDITORS NOTE FROM NEWSCAST VIDEO: Hope said the whole bar will be open to everyone but there will be a space on the dance floor area where some ex-Bobcat football players, family and friends will be coming to watch the game.

A list of locations across the country specific to the University of Montana’s Alumni Association can be found here.

A list of locations across the country specific to Montana State University’s Alumni Association can be found here.

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