Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Planning Your Trip To The Super Bowl

Lots of Seahawks fans chose to pass on a trip to Detroit back in 2005. I was one of them. Not this time. New York City was in my sights from the moment the season started. I bought plane tickets three months ago, and have been arranging a place to stay with friends and family. Car is rented. All I need now are tickets.


I was surprised today to find out that one of my readers, Luke Wile, started a GoFundMe page on my behalf and got a number of readers to chip in toward my ticket. I honestly did not know how to handle it. Do I accept the money? Donate it? After discussing it with some friends and family, I was convinced that graciously accepting such a wonderful gift was the best way to go. For those that have contributed, THANK YOU!. For those have not, thanks for reading! That's all I ever hoped for with this site.

In any event, I have spent years researching Super Bowl travel plans on the off chance that the Seahawks made it again. Some things I learned:

TICKETS

- Do not buy from ticket option sites
I do not trust that you will end up with legitimate tickets. There are stories of fraud in these situations.

- Be sure to buy actual tickets from a qualified seller
You are taking a serious risk buying on Craigslist. People can photocopy legitimate tickets, or create them from scratch. You won't know until your ticket is denied at the turnstile. Some of these sites guarantee your ticket, but that only gets your money back. Do you care about that, or getting into the game? Be really picky about who you buy from.

- The NFL only consider the NFLTicketExchange to be a legitimate way to buy tickets, but they are quite expensive there
I work with TiqIQ.com, and have gotten to know the guys there. They are reputable people, and their site includes a cross-section of other tickets sites, kind of like Orbitz for plane tickets. They are running a cool deal right now for at least one of their sub-brokers that includes $200 off at checkout.

Check out the inforgraphic the guys from TiqIQ provided me below for some useful data on ticket trends for past Super Bowls that could help you decide when to buy.

My friend and I are planning to try for 300 level non-endzone seats. That's where we sit at the CLink, and we're not too good for the nosebleeds.

PLACE TO STAY

As far as accommodations, consider looking at AirBnB. People who live in New York who will be out of town can rent you their place. I know a fair number of folks in New York who are specifically leaving town for SB weekend to avoid the mayhem and also make a little cash this way. Rates vary, but if hotels get filled up, this can be a good alternative.

MEETING UP WITH FELLOW HAWKS FANS

I'd love to arrange something at the Seahawks bar in NYC. I'll see what I can do. 

Super Bowl Tickets

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