During the college football preseason, the Michigan Wolverines were expected to finish third in the BIG 10 East Division. Instead, they ended the season unbeaten, earning themselves a second straight conference championship.
This weekend, the second-ranked Wolverines head to Phoenix, Arizona, to take on the third-ranked Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in the 2022 Fiesta Bowl.
Meanwhile, Metro Detroit businesses and restaurants are gearing up for Saturday’s big game with watch parties and special events. If you’re looking for a spot to cheer on your team, don your best Maize and Blue garb and head out to these local spots.
4M Fiesta Bowl Watch Experience
This Ann Arbor bar and restaurant is having a watch of the game, hosted by comedian, Jeff Fritz. Other activities at the party include a meet-and-greet with University of Michigan athletes and BIG 10 wrestlers, University of Michigan trivia, and more. Reservations required. Event starts at 3 p.m. No charge for admission. 4M, 1919 S. Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor; experience4m.com/reservations.
American Legion Post 193 Fiesta Bowl and New Year’s Eve Party
Fiesta Bowl: Michigan vs. TCU Watch Party at Jim Brady’s Ann Arbor
Watch the game on Jim Brady’s 222-inch screen television with surround sound. There will be raffles each quarter, a brunch menu and full bar. Be sure to wear your Maize and Blue. Event starts at noon. No charge for admission. Jim Brady’s Ann Arbor, 209 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor; facebook.com/jimbradysa2.
Lockeroom Lounge Fiesta Bowl Game Watch Party & Cheers to the New Year Party
It’s two parties in one! Come in early for happy hour specials and a watch party, hosted by DJ Lynda Carter. Stay late for a big New Year’s Eve party featuring a complimentary buffet and music spun by DJ Fingers. Table reservations available. Event starts at 4 p.m. No cover for the watch party, $100-$200 for the NYE party. Lockeroom Lounge, 18290 Livernois Ave., Detroit; lockeroomlounge.com.
Northville Sports Den Fiesta Bowl Game Watch Party
Cheer on the Wolverines with the U of M Club of Greater Northville. This event features a halftime raffle and chance to win prizes. Noisemakers will be provided. Claim your seat up to 45 minutes in advance. Event starts at 4 p.m. $5 cover. Northville Sports Den, 133 W. Main St., Northville; facebook.com/umcgn.
Sidecar Slider Bar Watch Party
This neighborhood sports bar is going “ALL BLUE” for the game and is offering a stadium-style buffet for $25 a person, beverage features, happy hour specials, raffles, giveaways and more. Event starts at 3 p.m. No charge for admission. Sidecar Slider Bar, 117 Willits St., Birmingham; sidecarsliderbar.com.
Wolverines vs. Horned Frogs — Fiesta Bowl 2022 at Big League Brews
Enjoy $5 frozen drinks, $2 off tall ciders, $12 domestic buckets, and $15 for 100-ounce Ultra or Coors Light Towers as you watch the Wolverines take on the Horned Frogs. Event starts at 4 p.m. No charge for admission. Big League Brews, 20428 Ecorse Road, Taylor; facebook.com/bigleaguebrews.
Know of any other Fiesta Bowl watch parties in Metro Detroit? Tell us about them in the comments so we can add you to the list.