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In case you didn’t hear—this year’s Super Bowl is going to be played outdoors in the cold weather and the elements. If you’re prepared to sit in the stadium all bundled up there’s good news, as apparently resale ticket prices for the big game continue to drop. We don’t know if it’s the weather, the teams, or that fact that people don’t to travel to New Jersey, but it’s clear that things are getting somewhat more affordable.
As soon as the conference championship games were over and the matchup was set, some seating experts were reporting that average tickets were going for around $3,000. But just a week into the hype and festivities, average prices are roughly 40 percent lower, and it sounds like tickets to this year’s game could be the lowest on average since 2002.
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With each new season comes new questions about what passengers can and cannot take onboard a plane. Thus, we'll be addressing some of the most popular requests with a series called, "Got Baggage."
When it comes to bringing your ice skates with you things are a little bit tricky, and honestly a lot of seems to depend on who is hanging out at the security checkpoint. Sure the airlines have their say in the matter, but first things first—we need to check with the TSA.
It sounds like ice skates are cool with the TSA, as they seem to classify things as sports equipment. Since ice skates probably aren’t specifically to be used as a bludgeon—their words—like a bat or a club, things should be permitted to be carried aboard. They do say that certain items could require additional screening, and that the final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane. So we say be extra nice, hope for the best, and be prepared to possibly check them—or toss them in the trash.
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For those that haven’t ordered Super Bowl tickets from Costco—not a problem—there’s plenty of other stuff to do in the weeks and days leading up to this year’s big game in the New York City area. The game is technically taking place over in New Jersey at the shared home of the Giants and Jets, but Manhattan is where many of the pregame festivities are set to do their thing.
The biggest attraction outside of the game has to be Super Bowl Boulevard, as the National Football League is setting up a whole bunch of flair across roughly 14 blocks of New York City real estate. It starts up on January 29 and runs through February 1, taking over parts of Broadway between 34th and 47th streets. Entry will be free to plenty of the events and attractions, but if you want to take a ride down the oversized—as in 60-feet—toboggan run, it’s going to cost you $5.
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It seems like just yesterday that the VROOM of high performance aircraft was booming over New York Harbor, but in reality that was already three years ago, when the Red Bull Air Race World Championships last took to the skies to crown one aerobatic pilot most daredevil of all.
Now, after those three years of quiet, the "world's fastest motorsport" returns and soon! While there's no NYC date on the calendar, the US will see the races come to Dallas and Las Vegas and tickets are already available.
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We’re headed into the second weekend of the NFL playoff season, and we’ve already had our share of fake cheese products, fried this and that, and plenty of nachos. Despite our love for watching the games at home or with friends there’s something special—and expensive—about being there in person, so that’s why we’re here to help you check out this year’s big game in February.
The Super Bowl is scheduled to do its thing in the rain, snow, sleet, or whatever else, as this year things are taking place outdoors at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Obviously tickets have long been sold out, but there are certain chances to get to this big event as long as you have the funding.
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Those of you who are considering pulling the trigger on Super Bowl tickets might want to take a step back for a moment and weigh some new information: Earlier this week, the NFL announced that it would not allow tailgating at this year's Super Bowl at Metlife Stadium in the Meadowlands. That's right. It's the first cold-weather outdoor championship game and fans won't even be able to heat their hands over a hot grill.
The statement from the game's CEO, Al Kelly, is almost hard to believe:
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We can almost hear the vuvuzela horns now, as the World Cup is set to arrive over in Brazil in just a few more months. If you haven’t made plans to attend yet it’s probably a good time to start figuring things out. Thankfully the folks over at Skyscanner are ready to help you out, as they recently launched their Soccer Flight Finder in hopes of getting you from here to there.
The site does its best to reveal all kinds of itineraries from the 32 countries around the globe with teams trying to score an invite to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The fun doesn’t stop there, as the website can also display all kinds of domestic options in and around Brazil. The country is pretty darn big—in case you haven’t checked out the map—so you’re probably going to need to fly a little bit to hit all the matches.
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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).