The Fighting Irish flags are flying outside Sayville Bait & Tackle.
And plans are underway for a huge viewing party as Sayville’s own Jack Coan takes the field Saturday, Sept. 5, for the first time as Notre Dame’s starting quarterback.
This will be the first of several. Every Coan start will be marked with a bash at the new Sayville Bait & Tackle, which opened in June.
Since Guinness is the official beer sponsor of Notre Dame football, viewers will be treated to $6 Guinness drafts at every viewing party, featuring what the owners say is the biggest big-screen in Sayville.
“It’s not every day that one of the country’s most popular college football teams has a starting quarterback from the same town,” said Sayville Bait & Tackle co-owner Mike McElwee. “There’s been such an overwhelming amount of community support for Jack, and so many customers who are parents to student-athletes, that we wanted to create a space for everyone to come together and root for their hometown superstar.”
The owners also promise even more rotating food and drinks specials on game days, giveaways and more.
Sayville Bait & Tackle will host viewing parties throughout the regular season, and, hopefully, playoffs.
As for that big screen, it’s made up of four 55-inch screens, for a 110-inch viewing wall.
Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly announced on Aug. 15 that the 2016 Hansen Award winner will be the signal caller when the No. 9 Irish play Florida State on Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Tallahassee.
“All three quarterbacks distinguished themselves in the spring and preseason camp. Clearly, each has the skills necessary to lead, but Jack Coan proved to be more consistent and therefore, going into our opener, gives us the best chance for success,” Kelly said.
Coan is playing his final year of eligibility at Notre Dame as a graduate student after transferring from Wisconsin. He led the Badgers to a 10-4 record in 2019 and an appearance in the Rose Bowl.
He also started games for Wisconsin during the 2018 season.
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