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It's a weird quirk of today's interconnected world, but the moment that something happens - especially when that something is a riot - people's minds often leap to tourism. When massive protests swept through Greece, one of the big stories was about how the unrest created great travel opportunities. When the Arab Spring hit Egypt, among the iconic images were those now famous photos of protesters holding up a sign saying "Dear tourists don't leave, we'll protect you." And with Vancouver recovering from the rioting that broke out last week, people attention is again focused on, among other things, how the riots are affecting tourism.
Vancouver's local News 1130 reports on the collective effort of local citizens to "dispel that the night's negative energy." Organized as a Facebook Event that had over 20,000 Attending confirmations, the idea was to bring out Canadians who wanted to repair both the city and its image. The center of the violence has even become something of a tourist attraction, with people writing condolences on a "Citizen's Wall" that's been set up.
Stuff dropping from the sky to ring in 2011 isn’t for everyone, so that’s why we’re suggesting a sports travel alternative in chilly Pittsburgh. The NHL is bringing together two of its best teams—the Penguins and Capitals—in this year’s outdoor game during the 2011 Winter Classic.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are borrowing Heinz Field from the NFL’s Steelers for the weekend, as the football stadium is being transformed into a hockey rink as you read this. The only issue with this year’s game is that it might be a little too warm—and rainy—so there is a chance that things might get postponed until January 2. So just keep an eye on the weather if you plan on making the road trip to the left side of Pennsylvania.
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The 2010 Winter Olympics are finally here and the Jaunted Embeds are on the scene. All throughout the games we are going to be providing you first-hand observations and tips from a Vancouver local. Tuija Seipell is a Vancouver-based writer and a dual citizen of both Finland and Canada--so she is bound to get a medal or two right? You can follow her on Twitter here, or just follow the Vancouver 2010 Olympics tag.
Vancouver is hockey crazy. At least for Canadians (and Finns), hockey is the one thing that REALLY matters at the Olympics. We adore our other medalists, but hockey gold is what we want.
Many stores here have caught the spirit of the game, especially Nike on Robson Street, and even the upscale Holt Renfrew that fitted its mannequins with runway fashions, figure skates and pink Dolce & Gabbana hockey sticks.
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If you’ve ever gone to see your local minor league team, you know what a great sport ice hockey is to watch in person. Now imagine watching an NHL game, but instead of the heat blowing from the rafters, you’re sitting outside in Boston in January. Sounds like paradise, right? Well, that’s what many fans are looking forward to as they welcome 2010 in Fenway Park at the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on January 1.
For the last few years, professional hockey has packed up the portable ice hockey rink and sent it on the road. This year’s venue is Fenway Park—yes, the same place where baseball’s Boston Red Sox play during warmer months. Fans will be huddled into the bleachers and hopefully will be sipping hot toddies from their flasks in order to stay warm. The forecast hasn’t been set for two weeks from now, but we’re thinking it’s going to be at least a little chilly.
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The Stanley Cup Finals are in full swing this week, as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings hit the ice to battle for one of the sporting world’s most famous trophies. The Penguins may have next generation stars like Sidney Crosby, but the Red Wings know what they are doing and handed the Penguins a defeat in last year’s finals.
Both cities follow their teams closely, so most eyes will be focused on the ice. However, if you feel the need to wander, here’s what each arena has to offer for those less interested in the game.
The end of the World Series always marks a tough time for American sports fans, with baseball over, football not entirely interesting yet and basketball and hockey barely getting started.
But there's one upcoming event this winter that any sports fan should be able to appreciate: The NHL Winter Classic. Held on New Year's Day, it pits two of hockey's greatest rivals, playing outdoors, in a baseball stadium, in the middle of winter. Now there's a sporting event only America could be crazy enough to dream up.
The game, which began as an experiment last year, when Buffalo hosted Pittsburgh at Ralph Wilson Stadium, will move to a (slightly) less snowy environment, with Chicago's Wrigley Field getting made over into an ice rink; the Chicago Blackhawks will host the Detroit Redwings. Pack a coat!