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Now, that everyone (except maybe Gronk) has recovered from the Super Bowl XLIX game and its subsequent celebrations, let's break down one Big Game-goer's experience traveling to the Super Bowl so that come next year for Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco area (the Roman numerals are being ditched for this game), you will know exactly what to do.
Of course, just like on the field, be prepared for some last-minute scrambles. And whatever you do, don't pass it into the end zone. Run it. Run it!
TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO THE SUPER BOWL, FROM SOMEONE WHO'S JUST DONE IT
A wise super bowl go'er once said "Hotel, Transportation, Tickets, if you overpay for all three it is going to be a very expensive weekend." Even though seeing the most spectacular sports show in America, up-close and in person is going to cost you, and cost you more than you've ever paid for a weekend getaway, the trick is not to overpay for all three items. Let's start with getting to the game:
The hub airport (PHX this year, SFO, OAK and SJC next year) will begin raising all SB weekend rates to and from a couple weeks before the game. If you book early (meaning you don't care what teams are playing) you will pay less. If you book after the NFL Championship weekend, look at surrounding airports, and then car rental rates.
That car rental will come in handy in a sprawling location lacking in public transportation (PHX), however, if the game is in a place like San Diego, or San Francisco, you can take the train into the game and could nix the car. The Super Bowl will probably lock down transit on game day, so a game ticket will be a must before nearing the stadium (see below.)
Again, location dependent. If you can take public transportation comfortably, do so. If you find a free shuttle to and from the game, hop on. If you are driving, pre book your parking spot online so you roll in with a pass.
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.
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With the Super Bowl just a few days away you might think it's too late to get tickets, but it's not, at least not if you're independently wealthy.
The official NFL Ticket Exchange still has tickets available ranging from $12,018.00 in section 445, aka the nosebleed seats, to $21,304.00 for a ticket in the end zone.
But those tickets are extremely overpriced. Stubhub's current offerings are much cheaper, although still expensive. Stubhub has several tickets available in the 400 sections which start at $8,070.00. Better yet, they have lower end zone tickets starting at a mere $9,492.75.
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.
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.
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For football fanatics, this will be a nail-biter weekend as the NFL Divisional Playoffs do their thing on both Saturday and Sunday. This is the final weekend where there will be four games, as next week there will be only two—as teams play for a final shot to get to the Super Bowl on February 1.
If you're feeling good about your team making it to the big game in Arizona, then you may want to hit up Costco for tickets. Yes, Costco.
Aside from ten packs of socks and giant jars of mayonnaise, the bulk warehouse store has plenty of big event tickets. Just as in years past Costco is ready to get you to the game, but that only assumes that you have some deep pockets.
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Depending on whom you were pulling for last night, it was either one of the best Super Bowl games of all time—or one of the absolute worst. Either way it’s now time to celebrate, and the city of Seattle is ready to welcome home their Seahawks. It’s the very first championship for the organization, and only the second time a professional sports team will bring home a trophy to the city. Start working on your get out of work strategy, as this Wednesday is going to be the victory parade.
For those hoping to welcome the team home—you’re out of luck—as it sounds like there will not be an organized welcome home out at SeaTac Airport. However, the official celebration is scheduled for February 5, as things are going to kickoff at 11am local time.
The plan has the parade beginning on Fourth Avenue—south of like Denny Way—then running along Fourth Avenue for a couple of miles. The parade route will lead the team to their home at CenturyLink Field where the party and parade will end around 1:30pm.
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Inside a charter Hawker 800
In news that surprises no one, Justin Bieber has been detained at an airport for potentially flying in his private jet while smoking weed, news broken by Page Six. The actual interesting part of this recent headline is that the offense took place today at Teterboro Airport, as Bieber flew in on a chartered Raytheon Hawker 800 with his dad and a posse of ten to head to this weekend's Super Bowl.
Nothing was found after a search of the aircraft, and this is actually the smallest issue in Bieber's month; he flew in from Toronto after being charged with assault there, and he's looking at a DUI for pot in Miami and vandalism in California.
It's no secret that Justin loves the leafy greens, but he should know better than to try to fly into a NYC-area airport with illegal substances during a time of heightened security. Save those antics for Colorado Springs Airport!
There are worse ways to spend Super Bowl Sunday than at 35,000-feet, as now thankfully even the game can be enjoyed right from the comfort of the cabin. One airline in particular is getting in on the football fun, so if you’re in the air there’s a chance you might be attending a decent Super Bowl party after all.
JetBlue is ready for the game, and they’re rolling out some specials right in the beverage cart. Those flying on domestic flights this Sunday evening can check out the game live on FOX—that’s channel 3. Of course there’s the chance to flip over to ESPN as well during the pre-game stuff, as after all there’s no such thing as too much hype before kickoff.
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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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For the last few weeks Alaska Airlines has been doing their best to help rescue Seattle Seahawks fans from around the country, as they’ve been flying them into town to join in on some of the game day activities. Along with Chief Football Officer—Russell Wilson—the airline is at again, and this time lucky winners just might be visiting New York and New Jersey in time for this year’s big game.
Partnering with the team's quarterback they’re calling the contest "Russell's 12th Fan Airlift,” and they’re randomly picking 56 lucky winners. Those lucky enough will score a pair of round-trip tickets on an Alaska Airlines flight over to Newark, New Jersey, as well as two nights accommodations during Super Bowl weekend. They’ll throw in access to a party over in Manhattan on the day of the game, but there’s one thing they just can’t give away—no tickets to the Super Bowl are included in this contest. That’s certainly a bummer, but we guess it’s better than nothing.