A place that isn't even open yet - holding events - that's new! But that's the case with Scheels as they continue to prep for the opening of their new store at Southgate Mall. We've talked about Scheels quite a bit lately but it's mostly been for cool things they're doing inside the new store.....like putting in a mini arcade, showing off their 10-foot-tall Sasquatch that'll greet you in the store, and offering up the chance to put your hunting trophies on display.

I had the thought earlier today about Griz football starting next weekend. That was immediately followed by me thinking that couldn't possibly be right! But yep, as I write this we're 9 days away from kicking off the season. How crazy is that? If you're not already jacked enough on your own - Scheels is going to get you there as they throw a party to get Missoula pumped up for the new season! And it sounds like they're making the commitment to make it a yearly thing as they've dubbed this one the 1st annual Griz Pep Fest at Scheels.

Get your Griz gear on and get ready to celebrate the start of the season with some fun in the Scheels parking lot at Southgate Mall. Festivities start at 5 PM and will include: yard signs for the first 1,000 fans, a performance from the Griz Marching Band, music from local group Shodown, and free food catered by Press Box Sports Bar. There'll also be prizes to win - including tickets to the October 16 Griz game - as well as a photo op with Monte. C'mon.....you didn't think they would throw a Griz Pep Fest without Monte, did you?

We've waited a long time for Griz football to return! What better way start things off than to have some fun and celebrate the new season with a party!

SCHEELS 2021 Griz Pep Fest!
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Scheels Parking Lot at Southgate Mall - starting at 5 PM

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