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The start of the NFL season is less than two months away, and although we’ll be sad to see summer go, we can’t wait for the opening kickoff. (And hopefully, the end of all the #deflategate talk.) Anyway, Boeing is ready for the season sooner than most, and once again they’re trussing up one of their birds with some football-inspired flair.
The fine folks over at USA Today are all over the new look slapped onto the side of a Boeing 747-8 freighter. This is the second time that Boeing, which long had its headquarters in Seattle, has sent an airplane into the hangar for a Seahawks-saluting paint job. The final result bears the team logo along with the number twelve on the tail; that’s a reference to the hometown crowd, which is often referred to the "twelfth man" during Seattle games.
You won’t be catching a ride on this plane anytime soon, but it does sound like Boeing has some promotional plans scheduled throughout the football season. Up first will be a flyover during the Boeing Seafair Air Show—right over Lake Washington—on August 2. After that, maybe they'll swing by the first home game at CenturyLink Field? Now that would get the twelfth man going!
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Football fans, or more specifically Dallas Cowboys fans, have a new favorite watering hole to call home when to or through Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport.
The latest addition to DFW's dining scene is the Dallas Cowboys Club, a full service restaurant now serving sports lovers in Terminal A.
The space, outfitted with plenty of football fan flourishes, has room for 80 hungry and thirsty fans — plus, of course, plenty of television screens to catch the game. The restaurant features a stadium shaped bar, and when it comes to food expect plenty of Texas-inspired grub: regional specialties, a little Tex-Mex, and of course plenty of wine, beer, and cocktails. How 'bout them Cowboys?!
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Baseball fans, rejoice! You'll no longer need to wait with bated breath for the plane to land to find out how the big game goes. Thanks to JetBlue, Major League Baseball will now be available to stream — even while cruising at 35,000-feet.
USA Today shares the news that JetBlue flyers will now have free access to MLB.TV — which airs live games — via MLB’s "At Bat" mobile app. MLB.TV requires a subscription on the ground, but access will be complimentary when flying aboard JetBlue. So if you have a laptop, smartphone or tablet, you're just a couple clicks (or taps) away from tuning in. It goes without saying that WiFi is needed, but 90% of JetBlue's Airbus planes are equipped with WiFi, with the rest to be equipped by September, reports USA Today. (JetBlue's Embraer E190 planes will get it in 2016.)
Many travel topics can divide a room down the middle, but few spark more heated debates than group travel. Whether it's a small group of friends or a big tour bus, there's no question that traveling with others both creates and crushes opportunities on the road.
Big groups, such as those on tour buses, can afford travelers the chance to meet and connect with others on the road. But they can also wash away the charm of individual or small group travel, decreasing the likelihood for personal experiences.
Well, a United States tour company called Rally Bus is hoping to combine the best of both worlds by offering group travel services to group events. Sure, you might not want to travel to a Buddhist Monastery with 40 people in tow, but a sporting event? A concert? Possibly.
Rally Bus' focus is on "crowd-powered" events that promote camaraderie, figuring some things are better experienced as part of a like-minded group.
The fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is nearly a month away and already the bout is mired in controversy.
The trouble started this week when Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, announced there was no contract between MGM Grand Las Vegas, where the fight will take place on May 2, and the promoters, which caused Mayweather's rep to hit back, saying the idea that the might be in jeopardy was "ridiculous."
For much of the nifty fifty it’s cold, cold, and more cold—along with a side of snow. So now is as good of a time as ever to embrace the winter weather and hit the slopes. Sure it’s costly between the lift tickets, transportation, and to rent all that gear; however, Alaska Airlines has a little bit of a program that might save you from cracking open that piggy bank in search of coins and cash.
It’s as simple as trading in your Alaska Airlines boarding pass in exchange for a lift ticket, and the airline has partnered with a number of mountains and resorts to allow travelers to ski for free. Some mountains just provide a discount while others offer up complimentary access to the slopes, but understandably you’re probably going to need to bring some funds to rent skis—assuming you didn’t bring yours with you.
Between the commercials, Katy Perry, and all those nachos there was a game to be played, and at the end of it all the New England Patriots came out the winners in this year’s Super Bowl. Now it’s time to plan a victory parade, as even the mayor of Boston chimed in that it’s time to “cue the duck boats.”
Fans of the Patriots—or just fans of massive parades and celebrations—need to make their way to Boston as soon as possible, as the city has announced that the victory parade is going to take place on
Tuesday, February 3 Wednesday, February 4. That means now is a great time to start faking an illness at work.
Horse and carriage in Old Town Scottsdale
Downtown Phoenix will be insane this Super Bowl weekend, with 12 blocks roped off and transformed into Super Bowl Central. The Big Game is expected to draw over a million people, and there will be plenty of fun to be had, including the chance to meet NFL players.
You should check all that out, obviously, but don't miss out on all the other cool things the greater Phoenix area has to offer. Comprised of several cities within cities, you'll have your work cut out for you exploring it all over the course of a weekend.
We suggest starting with Scottsdale and Tempe, and getting outside to enjoy Phoenix's pleasant winter sunshine.
Here's our starter guide for first-timers to the Valley of the Sun:
In case you missed it—the Super Bowl is kicking off this Sunday and airlines are announcing extra flights to get fans down to the desert to check out the game in Arizona.
Alaska Airlines often shares their fondness for the Seahawks, and they’re doing their part to get fans to the game. The carrier is adding two additional round-trip flights between Seattle and Phoenix, and as in the past those fans wearing the jersey of Russell Wilson—the Seahawks' quarterback—will score early boarding departing Seattle.
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No matter how you prefer your footballs—that’s the only comment, we had to—the NFL is on the move this weekend as they begin to take over the desert. The Super Bowl is set to do its thing in Phoenix (actually, neighboring Glendale) on February 1, but there’s also a lot for fans to do before the main event and kickoff.
All the goodies are part of the NFL Experience, and things will run over at the Phoenix Convention Center starting tomorrow and running through February 1. The league is promising an interactive theme park of football this and that. Think interactive games, displays, football clinics for the little ones, and autograph sessions from your favorite players. Head right here for the schedule and the hours of operation.
Within the NFL Experience you’ll also find the Bridgestone Fan Gallery, and here you’ll be able to check out all the media madness—from Radio Row to all the other broadcasts.
For those lucky enough to be heading out to Arizona for this year’s big game, be sure to keep an eye out for any goodies left behind in your rental car. We’re not just talking about your phone, wallet, and belongings—but other more Super possessions as well.
The rental car lot is often home to forgotten treasures, but none is more valuable than the recent discovery inside one vehicle from the folks over at Enterprise. It wasn’t the rental agent this time, but it was actually an NFL agent who discovered it—after he was checking under the seats for his own goodies.
Another big weekend for football fans, as this Sunday your team might just be heading to the Super Bowl. Sure there are only four teams left, but even if one of them isn’t your favorite—you have to be pulling for one of them, no?
February 1 is the date for this year’s big game, and since you already have your tickets—now’s the time to start booking that airfare. We took a quick look this morning at what it’s going to cost you to fly to Phoenix. So if you’re confident of who will win you can finalize your itinerary before kickoff.