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You can hear the whipping of the bat through the air from the on-deck circle, the crunching of the cleats in the dirt. You can see the beards on their faces and hear the words from their mouths, whether it’s a player, coach, or umpire. Autographs are easy to come by, and “good” seats turn into “great” ones thanks to the small stadiums. If you’re a baseball fan, that’s pretty much all that needs to be said to convince you that Spring Training is a worthwhile jaunt.
If you’re a casual or less-than-serious fan, the atmosphere – relaxed and summer-esk and filled with beer drinking in the sun during the winter month of March – should do the trick. While baseball is certainly the main event, the entertainment goes well beyond the ball field.
Even if you and your pops have crossed Rockies Stadium in Denver off the list of baseball venues to catch a game, you might want to consider making another visit in light of the recent news. Coors Field is redeveloping its right field concourse for the 2014 season to create a 38,000 square-foot area called "The Rooftop" that will be the largest outdoor deck in any sports stadium in America.
And what ever would a city like Denver decide to put in such a space? Beer, of course.
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The excitement is beginning to build for next year's World Cup because not only does the massive soccer event attract world-wide spectators, but the 2014 version will happen in a country known for partying: Brazil!
If you're planning to pop down to Brazil to watch a little soccer and partake in a few caipirinhas, travel there may not go as smoothly as you'd hope. Along with some heavy-duty pre-planning, travelers might need to fork over more Reals than originally planned if the Brazilian government doesn't implement the Open-Skies agreement signed in 2010.
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.
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After three years of quiet, the "world's fastest motorsport" is getting back up into the air as the Red Bull Air Race World Championships announces race dates for 2014, beginning as early as February. Of the seven races throughout the year, two will take place on American soil: Dallas in September and Las Vegas in October.
In past Red Bull Air Races (2003-2010), high-performance airplanes zoomed through an obstacle course of pylons while traveling at speeds up to 230 mph only 50-80 feet above water or undeveloped land. Now, after the three years of break to improve safety and organization, the air race will occur at a few speedways, meaning plenty of existing crowd stands and infrastructure for the thousands of spectators to properly view all the heart-pounding maneuvers of the twelve competing pilots (yes, including Kirby Chambliss).
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 Wanderlust Festival is bringing four days of yoga, music, and mindful relaxation back to Hawaii this winter. The second annual Wanderlust fest in O’ahu will be held at the Turtle Bay Resort February 27-March 2, 2014.
The Wanderlust lineup will welcome the world's top yoga teachers, lifestyle gurus, leaders of green living, DJs, musicians and artists including: Moby, Donavon Frankenreiter, Ana Forest, Baron Baptiste, Gerry Lopez, MC Yogi, DJ Drez, Meghan Currie, Schuyler Grant, Yoko Fujiwara, Mike Love and more.
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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.
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In the famously busy "Shibuya Scramble" intersection
So you may have already heard that Tokyo beat out both Madrid and Istanbul in its bid to host the XXXII Olympics in 2020. Granted that's still quite some time away, but a seven-year advance notice means plenty of time to come to love Japan if you don't already.
Save Friday, 24 July – Sunday 9 August 2020 to your iCal for the actual Olympic Games, and get psyched along with us as we brainstorm what the 2020 Olympics will mean for an already awesome metropolis:
· The cutest Olympic mascots yet!
London's "Wenlock and Mandeville" mascots were disappointing, not to mention vaguely sperm-y, and Sochi's look like long-lost Disney rough drafts. Beijing's 2008 Olympic mascots came closest to the concept of cute, but surely Tokyo in 2020 will make us forget all about decades of creepy characters. Kawaii!
It's a busy week for the Hollywood set with the Toronto Film Festival, New York Fashion Week, and the Venice Film Festival all underway. Somehow celebs are still making their way out to Queens to take in a few tennis matches during the U.S. Open.
This year's event seems to be especially popular with famous couples, some A-listers and some B and C-listers, all of whom are flocking to the center court and Moet & Chandon Suite for date nights.
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New York City is hot and hopping, all thanks to the US Open Tennis Championships from August 26 - September 9. On a good day, some 60,000 ticketed spectators will file through the gates to watch the likes of Serena and Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and more battle it out in what is the final of four Grand Slam tournaments in the year, following the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
The games go down in Queens, a quick subway train ride east from Manhattan and within spitting distance of LaGuardia Airport. The venue, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, contains 17 courts, all of which are active and open to spectators during the tournament.
We were there last night, and managed to walk all over to figure out exactly how to beat the crowds for the best possible US Open experience: