If you haven’t been gripped by Blue Jay fever and baseball fandom after the game five and series win over the Texas Rangers, you’ve either been hiding under a rock, on a vacation without any media, or sleeping off your turkey meal.
The American League Championship Series (ALCS) starts today and the Jays will be facing the Kansas City Royals.
If you can’t afford a $500 round trip to Toronto or $1100 return trip to Kansas City, plus tickets for $170 each (surprisingly, you can get tickets in KC for around $80) at the cheapest, you’re going to have to stick around in Calgary.
This leaves you with a few options: watch at home on your HD TV with many close friends, stream it through MLB TV through a laptop, or go to one of the city’s great bars.
While watching at home is a great option, the atmosphere cannot compare to a bar packed full of month-old, bandwagon Jays fans.
But where can you go in the city?
If you’re looking for multiple TVs with vast space and a huge amount of fans, try Schanks Sports Grill, either in the north or south. The north location is just off Crowchild and Nose Hill Drive in Crowfoot Crossing, while in the south you can find it on the west side of Macleod, just north of Southland Drive. Not only do these offer other activities for before, after or during the game (what? baseball can be slow) such as virtual golf, billiards and bowling, but you can also snag some reclining seats right in front of the screens.
Calgary also boasts two Buffalo Wild Wings, which are big chains that are popular sports choices. The wing selection will blow your mind, and if you’re up for it, try the Blazin Hot Challenge.
Want to be downtown or closer to the core? It’s best to sit and watch the game, since they can run for so long (how ‘bout that 53-minute seventh inning?), so you’ll want somewhere that can accommodate you. 1410 World Bier Haus on 17 Ave has a bevy of TVs and a terrific beer selection for you to dabble in.
While Mugs Sports Bar & Grill is a little harder to reach, the pub located south of Inglewood and right off Blackfoot is Yelp’s top-ranked sports bar in the city. Sportsnet 960 voted their wings as the tops in the city as well. You’ll likely find more well-informed baseball fans here than the others, too.
Willing to pay more for the ultimate experience? Flames Central might be your spot! They offer one of the most dynamic environments with massive screens, and are scheduled to show the Jays games on October 17th and 19th. Make sure you check online before you head down, as the Flames’-operated venue frequently hosts concerts, too.
Of course, there are many other places in your neighborhood you can check out, too, but if you want to turn the viewing into a real experience, we’d recommend one of these bigger places.
Make sure you pick a spot that has multiple TVs in view, because even though the Jays are making a run, the Flames are always king in Cowtown. Arrive early at the more popular places to ensure an optimum spot with maximum big screen exposure.
It’s odd to see the Red Mile and C of Red support a blue team, but as long as the Jays keep rolling, YYC will continue to get smurfed.
Written by Neil Hilts