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We’ll be honest—we’re way behind in our planning for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games over in Sochi, Russia. The event is less than a year away, so if you’ve been waiting to finalize some plans, now’s probably a good time to get the ball rolling.
Airlines and hotels have been taking reservations for quite some time, but that still doesn't cover the most important part: how to score tickets! (Otherwise you’ll just be hanging around watching the Today show on location, and that’s not really worth the trip to Russia.)
CoSport is the only authorized Olympic ticket reseller in the United States, and they just announced some new ticket and ticket package options. Their website does a good job showing off what’s available, but just don’t get your heart set on anything in particular—some stuff is already sold out.
Now that the Kentucky Derby is in the rearview mirror and the mint juleps have worn off it’s time to look forward to the Preakness Stakes. We’re just shy of two weeks away from the ponies doing their thing in the second leg of the race for the Triple Crown, so now is as good time as any to start planning to check things out in person.
This year’s race is scheduled to do its thing at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on May 18, and if you want to see things in person rather than on television—you’re in luck—there’s still tickets available. There’s way more options from which to choose when compared to the Kentucky Derby, as you can even get access to the Preakness InfieldFest featuring performances by Pitbull and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
If you’re looking for a good time we’d probably recommend the $70 Infield Mug Club tickets, as it includes all you care to drink beer. Just be sure to watch the cash in your wallet, as we don’t want you to bet it all on the long shot.
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If you’ve got your oversized hats and mint juleps ready, then you’re probably aware that the Kentucky Derby is set to do its thing this weekend on Saturday, May 4. Sure you can head over to the local gambling establishment to place your bet, but we’re thinking that it might be a little more exciting to check things out in person.
Thankfully there are still tickets available for this weekend’s events, and things are actually somewhat affordable if you’re just looking to mix and mingle in the general admission area. You probably won’t get to see any celebrities here, but standing room only tickets can be yours for just $40 per person.
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Two questions for you. 1: Have you ever seen the film Cool Runnings? 2: Have you ever wanted to experience 5 g and 80+ mph? We're going to assume that you've answered yes to both because you're awesome, and that is why you need to add bobsledding to your bucket list.
There aren't many places in the world that offer true bobsledding for the regular public, but one spot is right here in the United States, at Park City's Utah Olympic Park. In addition to their Nordic ski jumps and a speed skating oval, there's an Olympic-length bobsled track kept fully functional year-round; though the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics are long over, the track is still very much used for training of the US Olympic teams...and for giving the adventurous one hell of an adrenaline rush with the "Winter Comet Bobsled Ride."
If you've been getting bored of the usual beach activities—tanning, reading, building sand castles—then Pensacola, FL has one idea to liven things up. Next month, the state hosts its twenty-ninth annual mullet* toss, and it's exactly what it sounds like.
The Interstate Mullet Toss attracts up to 10,000 fish-flingers each year, who gather on the beach in Perdido Key and, yes, toss dead mullet across the Florida-Alabama state line.
Apparently, mullet are one of the area's most populous fish, and, according to the event's website, "are even said to possess mystical properties." Hopefully, one of those properties involves having a really, really good sense of humor, because if it were our corpses being flung over a state line, we'd be none too happy.
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As you get back into the swing of things on this Monday morning we thought we’d share a little bit of a video distraction. We realize you’re probably still working through the whole lose-an-hour effect of the recent switch back to daylight saving time.
What we have here is a combination that we haven’t seen before, but it makes perfect sense. A few pretty skilled individuals—known as the Takeover—find their way into an airplane graveyard in Mojave, CA and do the whole freerunning and parkour thing.
We’ve heard of some unique ways in which Brazil is preparing for the influx of visitors in advance of next year’s World Cup, and once again they’re putting on their thinking caps when it comes to some creative marketing. Forget the traditional travel apps and the specially designed websites, as this time the tourism folks are going forward in 3D.
No need to brab your glasses for these clips, as Embratur—that’s Brazil’s tourism group—has just shot a whole bunch of 3D-style movies. Their goal is to bring around twelve different destinations to life, as they’re hoping to familiarize everyone with the different spots in which the games will take place.
It was a busy weekend for NASCAR fans with plenty of racing action taking place down in Daytona Beach, Florida. Crazy crashes during Saturday’s race forced even the fans to the hospital—looks like everyone is at least stable—and Sunday brought Jimmie Johnson his second ever Daytona 500 victory. You could call it the Super Bowl of the series, so it’s understandable that this week might be a little disappointing after all that excitement. That’s why we suggest nursing your NASCAR hangover at their Hall of Fame over in Charlotte.
They’ve got pretty much everything and anything on display at the hall, and they’ve even found the space to cram in 31 full sized racecars as well. Over 50 digital displays help recreate history right in front of your eyes, and there are even plenty of buttons so you can choose exactly what you want to see, hear, and feel. There’s even a moonshine still on display to represent some of racing’s good ol’ days—ha.
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We’ve got some weird airport restaurant news for you today, but you’re going to need to wait for a bit before testing out the menu. The latest in restaurant partnerships comes from the folks over at the PGA Tour, as apparently their next big marketing push is airport restaurants.
PGA Tour Grill—creative name—is on the drawing board for an opening later this year at San Diego International Airport. The assumption here is that business travelers and leisure travelers alike must be enamored with golf, and as a result they will pay a little bit extra for that cheeseburger to be surrounded by televisions and memorabilia. SAN sounds like it's just the beginning, as they're hoping to bring the new concept elsewhere as well.
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Time is running out for those hoping to volunteer at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. On March 1, 2013 volunteer registration for 2014 Winter Olympics will close for good.
An estimated 25,000 volunteers will be needed to work nearly 50,000 shifts in more than 20 areas, from meeting delegations at the airport to helping with the Closing Ceremony. There will also be 3,000 volunteers specifically trained to welcome visitors and help them find their way between venues. In total, volunteers will account for more than 30% of the total Sochi staff.
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The Super Bowl is now over and in case you missed this year’s big game we’ll fill you in on what went down. The Baltimore Ravens won the first half of the game, then came Beyoncé, after that the lights went out, and then the San Francisco 49ers kind of won the second half.
It’s the final score that matters, so when it was all said and done the Ravens came out on top—final score 34 to 31. Now that the game is over—and since you’re not quite ready to start nursing that hangover—it’s time to join in on the victory parade.
Today is reserved for interviews and even more celebration, but the Baltimore Ravens are ready to hit the streets tomorrow—that’s Tuesday, February 5. The party is set to start doing its thing at 11am outside of City Hall, and then things will make their way through the city before ending at the team’s stadium. To us it sounds like the exact route is still being somewhat finalized as of Monday morning, but if you make your way to Baltimore we are fairly confident that you’ll be able to check out some of the action.
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Soul plane lol twitter.com/mt3much4em/sta…— michael thomas (@mt3much4em) January 27, 2013
It sure wasn't a lazy Sunday yesterday for the San Francisco 49ers as the football team packed up and headed down to San Jose Airport to board their ride to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. That ride? Oh, it was just a chartered Delta Boeing 747.