Where to watch FA Cup Final in San Francisco (and beyond)!

As most Gooners are hopefully aware, Arsenal play Chel$ki in the FA Cup Final on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 9:30AM PT

And while the Memorial Day weekend scheduling is poor for U.S. Arsenal fans, our home pub of Maggie McGarry’s is expected to get a good crowd. Recent FA Cup Finals have been filled to overflowing (the photo above is from the 2014 Final).

So where in San Francisco to watch?  Here are the best choices for watching in San Francisco (in order of suitability for Gooners). Further down the page are options for the South Bay, East Bay, and North Bay.

Maggie McGarry’s Irish Pub 
1353 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, 94133

Maggie’s has been the home pub of the Bay Area Gooners for almost 12 years now and is likely to be a popular spot for the final. 21+ only. No food served, Outside food is OK, but no outside drinks (not even coffee or water bottles). No dogs please.

San Francisco Athletic Club
1750 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

The SFAC has served as the Bay Area Gooners annex in the past and will be open for the match. They are all-ages and have a full kitchen.

Abbey Tavern
4100 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

One of San Francisco’s longest running football pubs. 21+ only.  They do not serve food.

Kezar Pub
770 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Another of San Francisco’s oldest football pubs, Kezar is the home of LFCSF, is all-ages, and has a full kitchen.

Danny Coyle’s
668 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Known as the home of SFSpurs, but until very recently, you’d often find more neighborhood Gooners there than anyone else. 21+ and they do not serve food.

Mad Dog in the Fog
530 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Kezar’s sister pub, home and another long-time San Francisco footy pub. 21+ and they serve food. Don’t really recommend for Gooners as it is home to a Chel$ki supporters group.

SOUTH BAY
If you are in the San Jose, Silicon Valley area and do not wish to trek to San Francisco, we recommend watching with our spin-off group, South Bay Gooners at Jack’s Bar.

EAST BAY
While we do have some of our members attempting to organize an East Bay Gooners spin-off, they do not yet have a location that opens for all matches. However, their usual meeting spot, Overland will be open for the match!

NORTH BAY
One of Arsenal America’s newest branches, the North Bay Gooners will be watching at Sweet Spot in Santa Rosa.

Arsenal in the Bay Area! Events & Information

The San Francisco-Bay Area is expected to be overrun by visiting Gooners coming to town for the Arsenal v MLS All-Stars match at Avaya Stadium.

The Bay Area Gooners are based in San Francisco and our home pub is Maggie McGarry’s Irish Pub (21+), while our spin-off group, the South Bay Gooners are based in San Jose and their home pub is Jack’s Bar (21+).  Both groups are hosting events.

Here’s a list of events surrounding the match as well as information and links we think might prove helpful during your visit.  CHECK BACK as we’ll update this page as more information becomes available.

EVENTS:

Monday, July 25, 2016

  • MLS All-Star Concert featuring Flo Rida and Belanova
    Plaza de César Chávez, San Jose 7:00PM   View Info

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

  • Soccer Tennis Tournament – 4:00PM
    Plaza de César Chávez, San Jose
  • Men in Blazers MLS All-Star Game Live Show – 8:30PM
    Plaza de César Chávez, San Jose  View Info

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

  • Arsenal America Fan Event – 1PM
    Fairmont Hotel San Jose
    Note: This event is only open to Arsenal America members who pre-registered.
  • Bay Area Gooners Night Before Party  & Food Drive – 6PM
    Maggie McGarry’s Irish Pub, San Francisco  View Info
  • South Bay Gooners Beer Walk – 6PM
    Santana Row, San Jose  View Info
    Note: Ticketed Event. Use SOUTHBAYGOONERS code for $5 discount
  • South Bay Gooners Night Before Party – 9PM
    Jack’s Bar, San Jose  View Info

Thursday, July 28, 2016

  • Arsenal America/South Bay Gooners Pre-Match Party – 9AM
    Jack’s Bar, San Jose – 9AM  View Info
    Note: One way shuttle will be available to stadium. $5
  • Bay Area Gooners Pre-Match Party & Bus – 12:00PM
    Maggie McGarry’s, San Francisco
    Note: The bus is sold out.
  • Arsenal Tailgate – 12:00PM
    Avaya Stadium Parking Lot, San Jose  View Info
    Note: Specific section for Arsenal fans. Bring your own food/drink.
  • Arsenal FC v MLS All-Stars – 4:30PM
    Avaya Stadium, San Jose  View Info
  • Bay Area Gooners Post-Match Meet-up 
    Maggie McGarry’s, San Francisco
  • South Bay Gooners Post-Match Meet-up
    Jack’s Bar, San Francisco  View Info

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Arsenal Are Coming To California!

This post first appeared on FootySF and is reproduced with their permission.

Major League Soccer announced today that Arsenal Football Club will face off against MLS’s top players in the 2016 MLS All-Star Game at Avaya Stadium in San Jose on Thursday, July 28th.

Arsenal FC, currently tied for second place in the Barclays Premier League, features such international stars as Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Petr Čech. Under the steady hand of legendary manager, Arsène Wenger, Arsenal has built a renowned reputation of playing some of the most attractive and exciting soccer in the world.

“We are pleased to welcome Arsenal, one of the most successful clubs in the world, to compete against the best of MLS,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

The Gunners will hope to do what their London rivals could not – beat the MLS All-Stars. In 2015 Tottenham Hotspur was beaten 2-1, while Chelsea lost 3-2 in 2012.

Arsenal has an impressive history English League Champions 13 times, FA Cup winners a record 12 times, FA Community Shield winners 14 times (FA Charity Shield before 2002), League Cup winners twice and European Cup Winners’ Cup (1994) and European Fairs Cup (1970) winners once. Arsenal has competed in the UEFA Champions League for 18 consecutive seasons. In addition, Arsenal Ladies are the most successful English club in women’s football.

Hugely popular in the United States, Arsenal boast a large nationwide supporters group, Arsenal America, and the Bay Area is no exception. San Francisco is home to the Bay Area Gooners(“Gooners” are what Arsenal fans call themselves), whose Facebook group boasts almost 1,000 members.

Two years ago, some of their members tired of driving up 101 in the wee hours of the morning, formed the South Bay Gooners, and it has thrived. They watch their matches at Jack’s Bar in San Jose.

The San Francisco group watches every Arsenal match at Maggie McGarry’s in North Beach, regardless of the start time. They also host all-ages match viewings at the San Francisco Athletic Club for many matches. The time difference between London and San Francisco makes for some early mornings during the Premier League season. This weekend’s match against top-of-the-table Leicester City FC kicks off at 4:00AM PT.

As member, Clinton Becker, tells it, “Being a Gooner in the Bay Area comes with a certain level of dedication, getting up for 4:45 AM match or flying 10 hours to see Arsenal play live in London. Now to be able to see them playing in my own backyard is almost a dream come true.”

San Jose becomes the fifth city to host the MLS All-Star Game for a second time. The 2001 MLS All-Star Game was held at Spartan Stadium in San Jose on July 28, 2001, exactly 15 years to the day that this year’s match takes place at Avaya Stadium.

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and UniMás in the United States, TSN and RDS in Canada, and in more than 140 countries around the world, including Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.

Arsenal will also play Chivas de Guadalajara at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on July 31st.

Fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game will be made available through a lottery system. To register for the lottery and the opportunity to purchase tickets, please visit mlssoccer.com/all-star/tickets.

San Jose Earthquakes season ticket holders will receive an exclusive pre-sale opportunity and will not need to register for the lottery.