Arsenal America are proud to announce that our ticket request system for the 2016/17 season is now open! Members can now log into arsenalamerica.com and access the “Tickets” page. Once there, you can request tickets for the match of your choice. Remember, tickets are distributed on a first come, first serve basis, and one ticket per paid membership. For any other questions, please refer to the FAQ page on our website. Thank you!
The Arsenal Ladies Football Club are in Seattle, Washington for an international friendly match with the Seattle Reign FC on May 26, 2016. Arsenal America’s Branch in Seattle, the Cascadia Gooners were invited to a Meet & Greet Session at the close of the last training session in Seattle prior to the match on May 25th.
Ohio hosted their first statewide meet up the weekend of April 15-17 in Columbus. Organized by Arsenal America’s three official Ohio branches, Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati Gooners, over 70 passionate fans converged on the Buckeye state capital for an epic football-filled weekend that included Saturday’s Columbus Crew SC/New York City FC match and Arsenal’s Sunday match vs. Crystal Palace.
The festivities kicked off Friday evening with a happy hour at Barley Brewing Company, hosted by the Columbus Gooners. As Gooners from around Ohio, as well as friends from outside Ohio, including the Arsenal Detroit and Chicago Gooners, made their way into town, you could feel the excitement that this was going to be a fun and historic weekend. Gooners enjoyed the craft beer selections and made their way into the game room for some old school arcade style fun.
Saturday’s events started early with EPL matches at Hendoc’s Pub, Columbus Gooner’s home in OSU’s campus district. Any Gooner would feel right at home with all the Arsenal flags, signs, and scarfs that decorate the walls of the bar. The afternoon also included a bit a friendly foosball competition between old “Battle of Ohio” enemies, Cincinnati and Cleveland (Cleveland prevailed!).
Saturday afternoon we made our way to MAPFRE Stadium for a massive pre-match tailgate with our Gooners and the Hudson Street Hooligans, one of the largest supporter groups for the Columbus Crew SC. The weather was perfect as it was sunny and mid-70’s, awesome football weather!
The Columbus Crew’s 2016 campaign has started off slowly and we were hoping to see our first home victory. Saturday evening’s match did not disappoint as the Crew netted three goals for a final 3-2 decision over NYCFC, including midfielder Ethan Finlay’s first goal of the season.
Sunday morning came early with many Gooners recovering enough from the previous night’s fun to head back to Hendoc’s to catch the Leicester City/West Ham United 2-2 draw leading up to the main event as our Gunners battled it out with Crystal Palace. By the start of our match, Hendoc’s was packed with fans ready for action.
Throughout the match special giveaways were featured by our three Ohio branches and, not to be outdone, Hendoc’s created a special craft beer list featuring some of the finest brews currently out of Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland. A 50/50 raffle raised money for our weekend’s charity partner, the Columbus Crew Foundation.
“It was quite something to come together for this awesome weekend” said Jason Lansdale, of the Cleveland Gooners. “We see these guys and gals from time to time at other meet ups and during Crew matches, but it’s something else to have our three Ohio groups work together to pull something of this caliber off to support our Gunners!”
“We’ve been working to get this event together for months now and I’m so proud of how well it came off. One of the best things about being a supporter is the sense of community that we build together and it’s very cool to see that expand to Gooners from around the Midwest. This is going to become one of my favorite dates on the calendar each year.” said David Keim of the Cincinnati Gooners.
Outside our three Ohio branches, we would be remiss without giving some special thanks to the following individuals who helped make this weekend a reality: Katie Mitchell of the Columbus Gooners for her help with Columbus Crew ticket logistics; Branch Managers Somer Mager (Columbus), David Keim (Cincinnati), and Sean Medina (Cleveland); Jason Gillette of the Cleveland Gooners for all his excellent graphics and design skills; a special thank you to our new friends who travelled in from Detroit and Chicago; and lastly, a HUGE thank you to Jon Winland of the Columbus Gooners and owner of Hendoc’s Pub for being an outstanding host!
Until our next Ohio GoonerFest, COYG!
Arsenal get the business done against Dinamo Zagreb in midweek Champions League action before squandering some more valuable Premiership points as they let Norwich City draw level at Carrow Road.
Costly injuries, threadbare positional cover in certain areas and lackluster front lines — so all good things — are the topics du jour as we get Elliot Smith’s/Yankee Gunner’s thoughts on the last seven days of Arsenal craziness, plus we survey Ryan Bennett’s sad little slice of social media real estate and break out the “Knockout-Stage-Or-Bust” trivia contest…
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Upstate New York kicked off its inaugural GOONERFEST with tremendous fashion in Rochester, NY for this past weekend’s match against Stoke City on September 12th. Gooners from around the region (Rochester, Buffalo, Ithaca, and Syracuse) converged at one of Arsenal America’s newest officially backed establishments, Brickwood Grill. Brickwood’s instantaneous and whole-hearted embrace of the ROC Gooners this offseason was almost as significant as the acquisition of our newly beloved Petr Cech and his magic hat! It’s owner, Jeff, and his staff have been nothing short of fantastic in helping to promote and expand Rochester’s AA chapter, ROC Gooners. ROC Gooners quickly gave Brickwood an Arsenal makeover hanging a plethora of flags, scarves of other AA chapters from around the country, and, the piéce de resistance, a kit signed by The Invincibles that was generously donated by one of our own, Taggard Andrews. With Brickwood decked out in Arsenal colors, any Gooner that stumbles in would feel right at home upon entering its threshold.
GOONERFEST was destined to be a smashing success from the start. After last season’s visit to Buffalo, NY at Mes Que, the ROC Gooners brass was dead set on getting Upstate New York’s Gunner faithful together for an annual bash at our new home, Brickwood Grill. With two gigantic ROC Gooners flags adorning Brickwood’s front windows, you could feel the excitement by simply driving past on Monroe Avenue.
Brickwood’s mahogany walls rang with raucous songs that could have been heard at the Clock End in North London from the minute Gooners started piling in. Voices from 4 cities created a chorus urging on the Mighty Arsenal to a hard fought 2-0 victory over Stoke. Theo Walcott’s deft touch in the 31st resulted in an eruption of elation as many Gooners from across Upstate New York celebrated arm in arm. As the whistle signaled for halftime, the newly formed Upstate NY Gooner family gathered for a photo with the Arsenal America banner, the GOONERFEST banner, and scarves and other flags to document the joyous occasion. Once thrust onto social media by @ROCGooners, the “family portrait” was seen and quickly shared by none other than NBC Sports Network.
Throughout the match, several giveaways and specialty taps, including Fuller’s London Pride, ensured Gooners from all over left with more than a victory and a smile. Along with the giveaways, the ROC Gooners had t-shirts, stickers, scarves, pennants, and more available to any in need of ROC Gooners swag. As the second half came to a close, Olivier Giroud found the back of the net in the 85th and the Gooners of Upstate New York filled the air with songs of victory.
This epilogue would be remiss without mentioning the outstanding service and hospitality of Brickwood Grill and it’s staff. GOONERFEST would have remained a pipedream instead of a reality without them. Also, a special thank you to the Gooners of Buffalo, Syracuse, and Ithaca for making the trip to the Flower/Flour City in support of our beloved boys in red. ROC Gooners can’t wait for the next GOONERFEST!
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