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A Traveler’s Guide to the Super Bowl

How to go to the Super Bowl this year.

Super Bowl

The seeing in of a new year only means one thing to football fans; Super Bowl season is here. One of the most popular televised events on the sporting calendar, hundreds of millions of fans from around the world will be tuning in to see who will etch their name in the history books to become Super Bowl LVI champions. Super Bowl betting odds currently list the Kansas City Chiefs as favorites to win the Lombardi trophy this year.

As well as the millions who flock to their TV sets to watch the Game of Games, tens of thousands will be traveling to Los Angeles to watch the game live and in person. The trip is on the bucket list of millions of sports fans and no matter who plays, it is always an incredible experience. Whether you plan on traveling this year or want to know how to plan a future trip, here is a traveller’s guide to the Super Bowl.

Stay

The number one tip for your Super Bowl trip is to follow the three P’s; Plan, plan, plan. If you are lucky enough to live near the venue then great, that is one less thing to plan, but if not you want to get in early. The best and nearest hotels will fill up very quickly with some even selling out of rooms as soon as the date is announced. If you get in there early you will not only secure yourself a place to rest your head after an incredible night of football but you will also save money. Taking place at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California this year, a two-night stay over the Super Bowl weekend will set you back around $200 a night if you were to book now. You may also want to try Airbnb if you cannot find a hotel stay.

The Tailgate

Aside from the football, one of the best experiences over Super Bowl weekend is the tailgate parties. For the uninitiated, tailgate parties will usually occur in the immediate vicinity of the arena. You can drink, party and eat with thousands of fans in the build up to the big game. If you do your research beforehand you may even be able to find tickets to parties in venues that will show the game, welcoming celebrity guests to entertain you before and after.

Tickets to the game

Let’s not beat around the bush; Super Bowl tickets are like gold dust and are worth their weight in gold. The average price of a ticket to this years event is around $4000 and resellers will hike those prices up to 5x face value. The NFL closely controls how and who they distribute tickets to so you will need an eagle eye to get your hands on one. Your best bet would probably be to buy a package deal that includes flights, stay and tickets.

If you don’t score a ticket however, all is not lost. There are plenty of reasons to travel to the host city during Super Bowl weekend, especially for the aforementioned tailgate parties. There are also plenty of free fan festivals, live music events and hundreds of football-themed festivities to keep you entertained before you watch the game be it at the stadium or a venue in the city.

The Venues

The NFL is home to some of the most beautiful sports stadiums in the world. Pillars of modern architecture, they seat anywhere between 61,000 and 82,500 fans with a lot boasting fine dining restaurants and bars in their grounds. For European football fans, Arrowhead stadium is the go-to. Although seating over 75,000 fans it is incredibly personal and creates noise akin to that of Anfield in Liverpool and Signal Iduna Stadium in Dortmund, Germany. In fact, on October 13, 2013, in a game between the Chiefs and Oakland Raiders, the crowd at the stadium set a Guinness World Record for the loudest stadium, with 137.5 dB.

For those who want the true NFL experience however, the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, is arguably the best. There are plenty of reasons that the Cowboys are affectionately referred to as ‘America’s team’ but their incredible home turf is undoubtably near the top of the list. Their gigantic video board above the stadium that stretches from one 20-yard-line to the other gives you an up close and personal view of the game no matter where you are sat. It is just one in a number of luxuries in the grounds.

Whichever stadium you visit, however you choose to watch the game and wherever you decide to stay, Super Bowl weekend is unforgettable no matter what. As long as you plan accordingly, you are sure to have an extraordinary experience.

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