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We totally understand if you’re feeling a little bit of football depression this week, as it’s going to be quite a few months until your NFL teams hit the gridiron once again. We realize that nothing can compete with a Sunday filled with a couple of games and plenty of snacks, but at least there’s the NFL Draft to keep you sane until the regular season rolls around.
You’ve still got a few months to go, as the first round of things kicks off at 8pm on Thursday, May 8. The fun takes place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, so it’ll be as of the Super Bowl never left the area. If you muss out on the biggest names and cheers of the first round—don’t worry—the second through seventh rounds take place over the course of the following days.
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Depending on whom you were pulling for last night, it was either one of the best Super Bowl games of all time—or one of the absolute worst. Either way it’s now time to celebrate, and the city of Seattle is ready to welcome home their Seahawks. It’s the very first championship for the organization, and only the second time a professional sports team will bring home a trophy to the city. Start working on your get out of work strategy, as this Wednesday is going to be the victory parade.
For those hoping to welcome the team home—you’re out of luck—as it sounds like there will not be an organized welcome home out at SeaTac Airport. However, the official celebration is scheduled for February 5, as things are going to kickoff at 11am local time.
The plan has the parade beginning on Fourth Avenue—south of like Denny Way—then running along Fourth Avenue for a couple of miles. The parade route will lead the team to their home at CenturyLink Field where the party and parade will end around 1:30pm.
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In case you didn’t hear—this year’s Super Bowl is going to be played outdoors in the cold weather and the elements. If you’re prepared to sit in the stadium all bundled up there’s good news, as apparently resale ticket prices for the big game continue to drop. We don’t know if it’s the weather, the teams, or that fact that people don’t to travel to New Jersey, but it’s clear that things are getting somewhat more affordable.
As soon as the conference championship games were over and the matchup was set, some seating experts were reporting that average tickets were going for around $3,000. But just a week into the hype and festivities, average prices are roughly 40 percent lower, and it sounds like tickets to this year’s game could be the lowest on average since 2002.
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For the last few weeks Alaska Airlines has been doing their best to help rescue Seattle Seahawks fans from around the country, as they’ve been flying them into town to join in on some of the game day activities. Along with Chief Football Officer—Russell Wilson—the airline is at again, and this time lucky winners just might be visiting New York and New Jersey in time for this year’s big game.
Partnering with the team's quarterback they’re calling the contest "Russell's 12th Fan Airlift,” and they’re randomly picking 56 lucky winners. Those lucky enough will score a pair of round-trip tickets on an Alaska Airlines flight over to Newark, New Jersey, as well as two nights accommodations during Super Bowl weekend. They’ll throw in access to a party over in Manhattan on the day of the game, but there’s one thing they just can’t give away—no tickets to the Super Bowl are included in this contest. That’s certainly a bummer, but we guess it’s better than nothing.
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If you watched this weekend’s conference championship game, or really any Denver Broncos game this year, you probably noticed some of Peyton Manning’s unique phrases and calls before the play. One of the most recognizable has to be how he shouts out “Omaha” as he changes the play to clue his offense into something we’ll never know (or perhaps he's just sharing his love for Nebraska).
Now Frontier is cashing in on the Omaha craze, as it's offering up some one-way airfare specials to and from the city. Sure, these flights won’t get you all the way over to New Jersey to celebrate this year’s big game, but at least they might help draw in a little bit of tourism cash to Omaha. We’ve been to the city, and we’ve got to say the area’s Old Market is definitely worth a visit—it’s pretty darn nice.
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For those that haven’t ordered Super Bowl tickets from Costco—not a problem—there’s plenty of other stuff to do in the weeks and days leading up to this year’s big game in the New York City area. The game is technically taking place over in New Jersey at the shared home of the Giants and Jets, but Manhattan is where many of the pregame festivities are set to do their thing.
The biggest attraction outside of the game has to be Super Bowl Boulevard, as the National Football League is setting up a whole bunch of flair across roughly 14 blocks of New York City real estate. It starts up on January 29 and runs through February 1, taking over parts of Broadway between 34th and 47th streets. Entry will be free to plenty of the events and attractions, but if you want to take a ride down the oversized—as in 60-feet—toboggan run, it’s going to cost you $5.
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We’re headed into the second weekend of the NFL playoff season, and we’ve already had our share of fake cheese products, fried this and that, and plenty of nachos. Despite our love for watching the games at home or with friends there’s something special—and expensive—about being there in person, so that’s why we’re here to help you check out this year’s big game in February.
The Super Bowl is scheduled to do its thing in the rain, snow, sleet, or whatever else, as this year things are taking place outdoors at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Obviously tickets have long been sold out, but there are certain chances to get to this big event as long as you have the funding.
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Those of you who are considering pulling the trigger on Super Bowl tickets might want to take a step back for a moment and weigh some new information: Earlier this week, the NFL announced that it would not allow tailgating at this year's Super Bowl at Metlife Stadium in the Meadowlands. That's right. It's the first cold-weather outdoor championship game and fans won't even be able to heat their hands over a hot grill.
The statement from the game's CEO, Al Kelly, is almost hard to believe:
We’re smack in the middle of the football season around the country, as both professional and college teams continue to hit the field on both Saturdays and Sundays. Many arrive in town to check out their teams battle away from home, and now it looks like airports are setting up to welcome them.
This week USA Today goes into detail about just exactly what some airports are doing to show their team spirit. In South Carolina one airport is all about the University of South Carolina’s football program, and airport officials even hit the overhead speakers to make announcements welcoming visitors. The team’s coach—Steve Spurrier—records things and it sounds like some messages even result in cheers within the terminal.
At this point you’re probably pretty familiar with the whole mess that is the government shutdown. In fact we were going to tell you about some cool stuff going on at the National Air and Space Museum, but we guess that’s going to need to wait until the friendly folks in Congress finally get their act together. So instead we’ll let you know that the football rivalries will continue, as it looks like Navy and Air Force will still get to battle this weekend—on the football field.
Originally it sounded like athletic programs were also shutdown, but now things appear to be back on schedule. The service academies have found a way to make things work travel wise without the use of government funds, so they will be on the move this weekend and will get to play on Saturday after all.
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Each and every weekend the country slows to a crawl, as professional football takes over a little bit of our lives. Thanks to improvements with in-flight entertainment it’s not just the chores like mowing the lawn that will keep you from catching the game.
If you’re up in the air on Sundays, Mondays, or even Thursdays several carriers have you more than covered. Sure some options aren’t available on every one of their planes, but carriers like JetBlue and Virgin America get the game live to your seat on each and every flight. Here’s five carriers doing the live television thing, so that you can catch all the action from high in the sky.
With the ability to order snacks—and drinks—right to your seat, we’ve got to say that Virgin America might be the best option for up in the air football. Sundays are all good aboard these planes, as they have CBS, FOX, and NBC stations streaming to you at 35,000-feet. Just be aware that the stations are based out of New York City, so you better get used to watching regional action from the Jets and Giants. They’ve got ESPN too—so Monday Night Football is good to go as well. Bonus points for WiFI access, so you can be disappointed with your fantasy football team in real-time.
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The second week of the NFL season kicks off this evening, as the New York Jets hit the highway up to Massachusetts to take on the New England Patriots. Noting that these two teams have a little bit of a rivalry is probably is an understatement, as we’re pretty sure they kind of hate one another—and it’s safe to assume that’s even more the case for the opposing fans.
Things get underway around 8:30pm ET this evening on the NFL Network, but if you’re planning on attending there’s plenty of stuff to do beforehand. Even if you don’t have a ticket—the cheap seats start at around $62 on StubHub—there’s plenty to do when visiting the home of the Patriots.