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If you’re still looking for plans to celebrate the New Year look no further than what the National Hockey League—NHL to their friends—has been doing for the last few years. The league takes ice hockey outdoors to its natural habitat, as they play a game on New Year’s Day—this year the fun takes place in Washington, DC.
They bring the rink, they bring the ice, and well they pretty much bring everything else needed to take the show on the road. The preparations are well underway, and they even have a time lapse camera set up so that you can check out the progress. This year hockey comes to another baseball stadium, as Nationals Park is where the Chicago Blackhawks will take on the Washington Capitals beginning at around 1pm, ET.
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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Looking for something to do when you board a flight and find that the in-flight movie is something like "Dude, Where's My Car?". Air New Zealand has come up with a solution to that awful cinema problem. At first you may think that a new in-flight entertainment system is in the works, but the ingenious Kiwis have come up with more interactive entertainment. On-board golfing!
Passengers flying between Auckland and Queenstown may have the opportunity to test their putting prowess. As part of celebrating a partnership with the first New Zealand PGA tournament, ANZ roll out a turf carpet down the aisle so 4 selected passengers can to try their luck to win some prizes. The grand prize is an all-expense paid trip to the tour championship.
They’re all part of one big happy family that is the US Military, but when it comes to football, members of the Army and Navy are far from friends. For the like one millionth time—actually it’s the 112th meeting—the two military academies are set to meet for a little game of football on December 10, just outside Washington DC.
The game has a long history of being played in Philadelphia, but this year a change of venue brings the teams—and the fans—to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. That won’t stop military men and women from making the road trip out to the DC suburbs to cheer for their respective branch of the Armed Services.
Now that the Super Bowl is over the real party begins, but unfortunately it’s only open to fans of the Green Bay Packers—sorry Steeler fans. The folks in Green Bay are a little more low key when it comes to celebrating—or just better behaved—so we haven’t heard of any flipped over cars or fires in the streets, but there is quite the celebration planned for later today.
The Green Bay Police Department must have known something that we didn’t, as they had the Packers parade route prepared before the weekend even began. The NFL champions will return to Austin Straubel airport later today, and the team will make their way to Lambeau Field to a very warm welcome home.
If you don’t have Super Bowl tickets at this point you might as well accept that you’ll be watching the game on TV. However, if you made it to the Dallas area—or just live there—there’s still plenty of other stuff to do before heading to Hooters to watch this year’s big game.
Every year the Super Bowl becomes a bigger and bigger entertainment event, and this year is no exception. The NFL brings way more than just the Packers and Steelers into town, and for 2011 the NFL Experience makes its return for its 19th edition of bringing fans and football together adjacent to all the Super Bowl hoopla.
The NFL playoff picture has now been figured out, and it’s only about one month until the Super Bowl hits Dallas—well, Arlington—on February 6. Expect the biggest Super Bowl to date, simply because the new Cowboys Stadium is so freaking huge and extravagant. Even if your team failed to make it too far this season, if you’ve always wanted to attend the big game this year might be the best year to do so.
Tickets have been long sold out along with many of the local accommodations, but there’s always plenty of travel packages where you can still score swanky lodging and seats at the 50-yard line. Jetsetter’s football package definitely caught our eye, and it will probably catch yours as well as long as you a wallet deep enough to pay for it.
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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It’s hard to be a football fan in Arizona right now. After last year’s run to the Super Bowl, it’s going to be difficult to sit back and watch the remaining teams battle it out for a chance to win in it all. After being sent home early by the New Orleans Saints, fans of the Arizona Cardinals are wondering if they’ll see Kurt Warner again next season. Despite all the uncertainty surrounding the team’s chances for a win in 2011, there’s one thing that isn’t going anywhere—the University of Phoenix Stadium and it’s one of the best in the league.
If you’re depressed about your team heading to the golf course a little earlier than you expected, make your way to this fortress of football to take a tour of the stadium. The place swung open its doors in 2006, and it’s located just outside Phoenix in Glendale. It was the home of Super Bowl in 2008—that’s the one where the Giants upset the Patriots—so it already has its share of a little history.
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It’s hard to compete with the Dallas Cowboys’ new shrine dedicated to all things football, but the Indianapolis Colts are trying their best. The Colts haven’t lost one game this season, and thanks to solid play throughout the decade, they were rewarded with their own brand new stadium.
Lucas Oil Stadium sits just outside of downtown Indianapolis and swung its gates open for the first time in 2008—it might even still have that new stadium smell. The architects went with a retro design to the outside of the facility, taking inspiration from traditional stadiums. However, there’s nothing old about the inside of the place, especially when they decide to crack open the huge retraceable roof. They’ve also got a huge wall of windows that can be opened when the weather outside isn’t frightful, and it even allows for a pretty decent shot of the downtown skyline. It was the world’s largest installation of moveable glass, but the Cowboys stole that title from the place with their new home.
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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.
Just in case you forgot over the weekend, we’re here to remind you that tickets to the BCS National Championship Game between Texas and Alabama go on sale tomorrow. If you’re able to get a pair of tickets—or more—you’ll still need to get your cheering section to the big game in Pasadena. Several airlines including JetBlue, Southwest, Delta, and Continental have added flights to the Los Angeles area to help meet fan demand. Too bad Virgin America hasn’t made their decision regarding a possible new route from Texas—now would be a great time.
If you’re coming to see your Longhorns do battle, you’ll have to shell out some cashabout $500—and you’ll have to connect depending on your choice of carrier. We really think we saw a deal on US Airways this morning for under $250, but as we tried to book it, the fare magically started to dance upwards. JetBlue will get you from Austin to Long Beach and load you up on free snacks without a stop, but it will cost $704 per person. These fares are for the day before the game, January 6, with a return on January 9.