Whether you love gridiron or you’re just looking for an excuse to start drinking at the crack of dawn, tomorrow could be a big day.
The 53rd edition of the Super Bowl — the NFL’s extravagant season decider — kicks off at 7.30am WST in Atlanta, Georgia.
It will broadcast live and free on 7 Mate.
The New England Patriots, led by superstar quarterback Tom Brady, will head into the game as favourites over the Los Angeles Rams.
There are a handful of US-style sports bars across Perth opening their doors — and their kegs — to gridiron fans at 6am.
In a similar vein to the US calling its domestic baseball competition the “world series”, Americans like to think the Super Bowl is the greatest show on earth.
Worldwide TV audiences are often smaller than those which tune in for the finals of major soccer or cricket tournaments in the same year, but the NFL is gaining a stronger following in Australia.
It certainly has those other sports covered for glitz and glamour.
The half-time show at the Super Bowl has showcased music icons such as Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Prince.
A 30-second TV commercial aired during the game can cost advertisers more than $5 million.
Back in humble Perth, the manager of Patriots Sports Bar is gearing up for one of his biggest mornings of the year.
Patriots, attached to the Brass Monkey in Northbridge, has 22 screens dedicated to sport.
Like The Game Sports Bar around the corner in Northbridge and Varsity Bar in Nedlands, Patriots will be open from 6am.
Manager Mitch Panting said he would be barracking for the venue’s namesake, the New England Patriots, after their tough loss in last year’s Super Bowl.
He has organised face painters for anyone who wants to wear their team’s colours with pride.
“The entire theme of the bar is American everything,” Mr Panting said.
“There’s American draught beer or local beers in an American style.
“The menu itself is ‘ball game’ sort of fare — hot dogs, corn dogs, flapjacks, waffles, burgers, the whole thing.”
Mr Panting said although he had noticed an increase in the number of regular NFL fans in Perth, it was the spectacle of the Super Bowl which drew a big crowd.
He expected the venue to be full during the game.
“We allocated a certain number of VIP packages and within about half an hour of the Patriots winning the game to get into the Super Bowl, they were all sold out,” he said.
“I’d expect the morale to be a bit higher if the Patriots get up.”