It’s football season here in the Queen City. From the east side to the west side, the city is beginning to buzz with excitement and hope for the season. Can you feel it in the air?

It may not be the perfectly crisp, fall football weather just yet, but you can get everything you need to prepare for the season at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion.

Get Ready for Game Time photo

Every fan needs top-notch gear to represent their team well. No matter if you’re rooting for the Bengals or Steelers, UC or UK, Xavier or Notre Dame, University of Dayton or Miami of Ohio, you’re sure to find something you (and your entire family) will love at Rally House. Make your way through row after row of apparel and accessories and you’ll discover everything from stadium-approved translucent purses with your team’s mascot to cozy blankets that are fit for your home viewing party. Even when it isn’t game day, you can prove your fandom every other day of the year with home décor and office-approved apparel at Rally House. Plus, their new location is even more convenient than before. Make sure to snag a fresh Starbucks coffee for the necessary pre-shopping trip caffeine boost.

Once you get your gear, you’ll be ready to catch the big game. While we agree that watching a football game live at one of our local stadiums is an experience unlike any other, in our (semi-biased) opinion, posting up at one of our restaurants is even better.

Here, you can watch multiple games at once, which is perfect for friend groups filled with a range of fans. And, for the biggest sports fans or fantasy football league fanatics, our bars and restaurants feature multiple televisions broadcasting the biggest games at the same time.

If you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, snag a seat at one of the great sports bars at both the Commons & Pavilion sides of Rookwood. No matter who you’re rooting for, they’ll keep you cool and comfortable with delicious tailgate-worthy food and drinks, without the stadium prices.

Our top three places to watch your team on (one of many) big screen(s) are:

Rusty Bucket

This Rookwood staple has been known for its excellent hospitality and friendly service for years. Here, you’ll avoid angry fans and instead be welcomed by an extensive bar menu and made-from-scratch meals.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Football and wings is a tradition we celebrate alongside good friends and plenty of napkins. The only thing more impressive than the wing selection at Buffalo Wild Wings might be the amount of televisions you can choose to watch.

BJs Brewhouse

The newest sports bar in our community is making a name for itself. This fan favorite is known for its pizza and beer selection. Don’t worry, you can invite your health-conscious friends, too. Their EnLIGHTened menu features a selection of low-calorie, superfoods, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Even the best hosts and biggest homebodies can prep for the big game at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion. Stop by our favorite grocer: Whole Foods. They have everything you need to create a healthier at-home tailgate. Choose from classic favorites like deli meat trays and chips with guacamole or change things up with artisan cheeses and fresh veggies with dip. Our favorite? All the skewers. From chicken teriyaki to beet and goat cheese, skewers make the perfect (and more sanitary) game day snack.

Are you ready for the season to begin? Snap a pic of you and your fellow fans at your favorite Rookwood restaurant for a chance to be featured on our Facebook page. (Bonus points if you’re wearing you favorite new find from Rally House) Don’t forget to tag us!