Get the calendar!

Ah, first day of summer and the NHL teams officially release their 2016/17 schedules. Somebody clear my calendar, I’m going to need some time to look at this!

Work’s been a zoo lately and I’m dying to plan a trip. But with nary a prospect of a weekend off before October, I might just have to settle for planning a fall getaway. And, for me, that’s probably going to include an NFL game.

I can’t hide the fact that I love professional sports. And nothing beats great tickets to a big game. October is a fabulous time to take a sports trip. You could, theoretically, see NFL, NHL and MLB in one weekend if things align and you have a winning baseball team.

Last September, I took my youngest to see the Denver Broncos (pre-season game) and also to see the Colorado Rockies. We had two action packed days and nights in Denver. Denver is one of the ideal locations to see two or three sports in one trip as the stadiums/arenas are in close proximity to each other. Pick the right hotel and you can even walk to each quite comfortably, like we did.

Arizona has both NHL hockey and NFL football in the same Glendale entertainment district. That’s a great city to see as well and you’ll love the whole restaurant/movie/shopping plaza that is between the stadium and arena. We visited in December and had perfect weather.

When I get a free hour, and a huge cup of coffee, I intend to cross reference the NHL and NFL season schedules and find a few double-headers of note. Then…. step 2, we’ll find flights!

 

Denver – the scene

(I recently wrote about a weekend bargain to Denver. If you’re considering it, I thought you might like to know & see a little more about the city.)

 

Just a few photos to set the scene. This was September 2015 and my son and I had a “guys’ weekend” in Denver for his birthday.

We attended a baseball game. And also a football game. We walked everywhere. Here are just a few photos of Downtown Denver so that you can get more of the picture and see why we felt comfortable in this city and enjoyed it so much.

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The iconic clock tower at 16th Street. A landmark which leads you to fabulous restaurants, bars, shopping and mini golf!
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Free mini golf in downtown Denver, next to the clock tower.
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Mini Union Station on the golf course
Coors Field
Coors Field
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History lesson, street side.
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The real Union Station behind us
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Inside Union Station
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Street art. Bison, I believe they were.
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Rather than a food truck, they had a Boutique truck!
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Fabulous heritage buildings, renovated.
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This jazz man had been playing this corner for a decade. So friendly & fabulous!

 

$20K Superbowl Extravaganza

So, let’s say you are a die hard Broncos fan, and are desperate to see Peyton Manning play in what could be his last game. What’s it going to cost?

The quick answer is, about $20,000 Canadian.

Here’s how it breaks down.

Delta Airlines flights, from Winnipeg (YWG) to San Francisco (SFO) are as low as $500. That’s economy. First Class is as low as $1250. (You might want to go First Class considering…. this whole event isn’t cheap.) Fares, depend on dates and times. I have you leaving on Friday the 5th of February, returning on Tuesday the 9th. (I expect this holds true departing from just about any Canadian major airport.)

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Hotel, for 4 nights at approximately $250 per night off of Hotwire.com is $1000 Canadian funds. You’re not within walking distance of the stadium, but they are hotels with 90% approval rating. We’ll build taxi/uber money into the budget.

Then you’ll need game tickets. Good news is, there are lots available on Stubhub.com and they’ve even dropped in price since last Sunday when the teams were decided. Tickets are currently priced as low as $3000 each, but those are upper deck. Since you’re spending a bunch anyway, you likely want to sit a little closer. According to fans familiar with Levi Stadium you’ll do well to sit in the end zone, 200 level tickets. Here are a pair in row 3. So, for about $3800 US that’s what we’ll pick for this (fantasy) example. (That’s about $5400 Canadian.)

 

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From Stubhub.com on Friday January 29th.

 

Now, you’re going to need some tickets to the pre-game events. Back to Stubhub.com for their selection of events. We’ll pretend the Maxim and Playboy events are of little interest, since you’re just going for the game. Therefore, we’ll add the Sports Illustrated party to the list with tickets at just $500 US a piece.

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We’ll be generous with spending money on food, assuming you’ll want those jumbo soft pretzels (that my son CJ really likes) with your hotdogs and beer. $1000 CDN for 2 people.

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Summary for 2 people to see Superbowl 50 next weekend.

Flights:  $2500

Hotel: $1000

Tickets: $10,800

Party Tickets: $2800

Food/Drinks: $1000

Transportation in San Francisco: $400

Grand Total: $18,500 Canadian funds.  Based on my overall estimate of $20K I’d say you have a little money left over for souvenirs. (It’d be great if you’d grab a t-shirt for me too!)

Go Broncos!