3 Places for Soccer Fans to Watch World Cup Matches In and Around Tuscaloosa, Alabama
The college football season may be winding down, but on the other side of the planet, 7,500 miles from Tuscaloosa, the 2022 FIFA World Cup is just getting started in Qatar.
The tournament. held every four years, is one of the biggest sporting events on the planet and is expected to be watched by billions across the globe.
The U.S. Men's National Team didn't qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, so American fans have waited eight years to see the Stars and Stripes compete for the Cup.
So when are the Americans playing, and where can fans watch the matches in and around Tuscaloosa?
The Yanks will take on Wales Monday at 1 p.m. CST, then play England Friday at the same time and wrap up Group play with Iran next Tuesday, November 29th, also at 1 p.m.
Want to watch the game with fellow fans? Here are two great options in Tuscaloosa and another in Birmingham.
Black Warrior Brewing Co.
Black Warrior Brewing Co. has long been an unofficial headquarters for soccer fans in the Druid City.
Owners there have confirmed on social media that the bar will open at 12:30 Monday, Friday and next Tuesday before the USMNT's games and are sure to draw a crowd of faithful fans for each match.
The brewery can be found in the heart of downtown Tuscaloosa at 2216 University Boulevard. They are pet-friendly and offer a fine selection of locally brewed beers and other beverages with plenty of space downstairs, upstairs and outside.
Just up University Boulevard on the Tuscaloosa Strip, Unique is opening early Monday and airing other World Cup games, the U.S. match at 1 p.m., college basketball play and the NFL's Monday Night Football contest between the San Fransico 49ers and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Unique can be found at 1229 University Blvd, in the former home of Egan's Bar, across the street from the CVS drug store.
Good People Brewing Company
Good People Brewing Company is obviously in Birmingham, not Tuscaloosa, but soccer fans looking for a truly wild time may find it worth the trip to the Magic City.
The brewery hosts the official watch party of the Birmingham chapter of the American Outlaws, the massive nonprofit group dedicated to supporting the USMNT as well as the women's team and youth squad.
The event is likely to draw 1,000 fans or more to the brewery, and anyone looking to watch the Cup surrounded by other fans in a truly immersive experience would be hard-pressed to find a better environment to do so.