It is here. Championship Week has arrived. The training is done. The strategies have been laid out. It all comes down to execution and digging deep. Who will hoist the shiny new Pinnacle Trophy?
You can follow every aspect of Championship Week over the next several days as four NPGL teams battle it out for the ultimate GRID glory.
If you are in or near Anaheim, California, you need to come be a part of the TV audience and experience the world’s first professional coed sport, where men and women race side-by-side and compete against each other in a test of agility, strength, speed and strategy.
Concurrent with the NPGL matches will be four days of racing as amateur teams vie for $50,000 in cash and prizes in the inaugural GRID Invitational. And the weekend means kick back and enjoy, so we’ve got you covered with GRIDFest — food, drink, mini competitions with cash prizes, music and vendors.
Three NPGL Playoffs matches are being played at the Anaheim Convention Center. They all will stream live on GRID TV then air on TV later this month and in early October.
Wednesday, September 16
7 p.m. PT/ 10 p.m. ET
Western Conference Final: Phoenix Rise vs. San Francisco Fire
Thursday, September 17
7 p.m. PT/ 10 p.m. ET:
Eastern Conference Final: Boston Iron vs. DC Brawlers
Sunday, September 20
5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET:
NPGL Final: Western Conference winner vs. Eastern Conference winner
The two conference finals will feature the Everest match format. That’s the same as the 2014 NPGL Final, where the DC Brawlers defeated the San Francisco Fire for the inaugural season title.
The 2015 NPGL Final match format is Amazon, a new format that is going to mix things up. The new element “overturn” makes its debut with a rather heavy piece of equipment, and how about 50-lb stones to a 10-foot target? You’ll see the return of the back uprise element in the same race as the new toes-to-rings back uprise. Add in a snatch ladder, and Amazon is a solid GRID test. Click here to see the full breakdown of all 11 races in the Amazon match.
Tickets are on sale for the NPGL matches! Go get them at npgltickets.com/events.
No tickets are required for the GRID Invitational matches. Click here for a bracket and schedule for the amatuer tournament.
If you cannot make it to Anaheim, you catch all three playoffs matches live as they stream on GRID TV.
WATCH ON TV
Watch the NPGL Finals again on TV when they are broadcast on NBC Sports Network and NBC.
September 25, 10 p.m.-12 a.m.ET: Western Conference Final
(Happening live September 16)
October 1, 9-11 p.m. ET: Eastern Conference Final
(Happening live September 17)
October 6, 9-11 p.m. ET:
(Happening live September 20)
Final on NBC
In addition to the NPGL Final airing October 6 on NBC Sports Network from 9-11 p.m. ET, the match will air again on NBC, January 3, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. ET.
WATCH ON DEMAND
Be sure to watch live online or on TV — or set the DVR — because it will be a few months before the matches are made available on demand at GRID TV.
Post-match press conferences will stream live, and will be published on GRID TV a few days following the matches. Want to ask a question? You can! After following the action live on GRID TV or following our live updates on Twitter, send questions via social media using the hashtag #FansAskNPGL, and we’ll choose some to present at the press conference. Watch to see if your question was included.
Follow the action of the NPGL Finals on our social media accounts and check out the teams’ accounts for behind-the-scenes insight, in addition to live action.
These hashtags will help you filter the updates:
Western Conference Final: #SFvsPHX
Eastern Conference Final: #DCvsBOS
For questions directed toward the coaches and athletes who will be part of the press conferences, send them along using the hashtag #FansAskNPGL. We love asking fan questions and including them in the recorded press conferences we post on GRID TV.
San Francisco: @SanFranFire
San Francisco: @sanfranfire
The GRID phenomenon has spread worldwide. Amateur leagues and teams have cropped up across the globe and this year’s GRID Invitational will showcase the best of the best in the amatuer GRID ranks.
The GRID Invitational is an open tournament comprised of 16 homegrown GRID teams. They recruited fans and earned the right to travel to Anaheim and will play for $50,000 in cash and prizes. Matches will be played September 17-20, with the championship being played on September 20 from 1:30-3 p.m. PT, prior to the NPGL Final at 5 p.m. PT. That equals one GRID-packed week — especially Sunday — for our fans!
The GRID Invitational features a team from Hungary, one from Ireland and the rest from around the United States. Click here to see the bracket. Go to gridinvitational.com to learn more about the tournament and how you can get in on the action next year, either by building a team or finding one as a free agent.
Want to see future NPGL players in action? No tickets are required for entry to GRID Invitational matches. If you can’t make it to the arena, we’ll have open cameras streaming to GRID TV, bringing you a live view of the tournament matches.
You can connect on Facebook at facebook.com/gridinvitational or follow the action during the week on the GRIDLeague.com social media accounts that will be dedicated to the tournament: @gridanywhere on Instagram and Twitter.
Fans coming to see the GRID Invitational semifinals on Saturday, September 19, and then the GRID Invitational championship match followed by the NPGL Final on Sunday, September 20 will have a weekend full of fun.
Starting at noon PT and ongoing until 8 p.m. both days, fans can enjoy an intimate outdoor festival experience with food trucks, beverages — both alcoholic and non — live entertainment and vendors.
NPGL equipment partner Eleiko will have a tent set up for a fun fan experience where you can encounter a range of Eleiko products.
HYLETE, the NPGL’s official apparel sponsor, will be there showcasing all of their new GRID gear. Come check out the shorts that the athletes have been wearing all season. Sounds like they will be having a few deals for fans, as well!
Go to gridfest.npgl.com to learn more.