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For many, Christmas weekend will be a time of screaming matches, heckling, and cursing under one's breath. These forms of anti-cheer have nothing to do with Aunt Mable's fruitcake or Uncle Tim's drunken dinner table insults, but football, everyone's favorite helmet colliding sport of the season.
Fans are hightailing it to San Francisco en masse to catch the Emerald Bowl on December 26, where USC and Boston College will go at it just 24 short hours after tinsel and wrapping have been cleared away. Finding a place to stay over the holidays, especially in a choice destination like San Francisco, is no easy feat, but several Kimpton properties in the city are offering convenient Emerald Bowl packages. Overnight tailgating in frigid weather is no fun, don'tcha know.
Before the SuperBowl comes all the little college football bowls. There are too many for us to keep track of but the big one to watch is the FedEx National Championship between Florida and Oklahoma on Jan. 8th in Miami at Dolphin Stadium.
And where there are football games, there are fan packages.
The Catalina Hotel in South Beach, (a college-student friendly hotel) is offering the FANatic package at $195 a night which includes accommodations, game day memorabilia for your favorite team, a pre-game viewing partying in the Maxine lounge, a special game-day menu with drink and beer specials and then an after-party at the hotel as well.
The package does require a three-night minimum which is sort of lame but no doubt the college football parties will last three days before and after the big game.
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College football season is in full force already, and any legit NCAA Division I sports fan (or alumnus of either institution) will be pumped for the December 6th crosstown showdown between USC and UCLA.
Even if you're not a big football person, the week leading up to the game is going to be insane for partying (what? We like beer, whatchya gonna do about it?), so hitting up the LA area for a full weekend will likely prove to be a kickass time, providing you don't provoke any bar fights with rival fans.
Hotels.com's Interests Page pointed us to a killer hotel deal at the Sheraton Pasadena. Located super close to the Rose Bowl, the hotel is offering up rooms at $129 per night for December 5th and 6th so you can go cheer on your Bruins or Trojans at the big game.
And you'll have money left over to buy beer. Or to buy some crap to throw into the rival marching band's tubas. Whatever you want, really.
Once you graduate college, the problem with going to your alma mater's football games is that you're not in college anymore. You start tailgating at 9 a.m. instead of 11; you opt for the seats filled with families because the bleachers are filled with those "rowdy kids;" and your buddy's floor--or more likely, his futon--no longer counts as a bed.
Thankfully, there's something around campus that you probably never noticed during your four (in some cases six) years at college: a nice hotel!
At Rutgers University in Downtown New Brunswick, NJ, that hotel is The Heldrich. A friend of ours recently stayed there and found the rooms to be "contemporary yet cozy," though oddly lacking flat-screen TVs and iPod-ready alarm clocks. "It's like the design, furniture and upholstery were well-thought out, but they skimped on technology," she told us.
That's OK, because you can instead relax in the spa (did someone say seaweed wrap?), or hang out at the hotel bar, which hosts live jazz. (Surely there's someone there who will debate the cultural relevance of Art Tatum with you.)
So when you go to a football game of your alma mater this year, treat yourself to some class, because you've come a long way from drunkenly screeching "Livin' on a Prayer" at the divey tavern up the street.
(Just in case you're still on a college student's budget, you're in luck: rates start at $110 per night.)
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This weekend, when USC faces off rival Ohio State University, will you be watching from your couch or the stands? We know you true fans (aka those of you who can cough up $700 for tickets) are descending on LA for the big game Saturday and the Renaissance Montura Hotel wants you to stay with them.
They're bragging the new LA-themed rooms, and architecture "inspired by LA's eclectic spirit," and proximity to LAX. We think a true football hotel should maybe sponsor a party bus to the game, or a tailgate BBQ by the pool to really get the fans in the game spirit, otherwise this sounds just like another airport hotel. Still, it might be better than the Radisson on Figueroa.
As an airport hotel, though, it's been heralded on TripAdvisor. You can't hear the planes and the location is very central. We believe it's a great stay, just maybe not something football great. If you're going to stay here this weekend, we recommend staying in a Club-level room. That way you can turn the Club Lounge into game party central.
Rates start at $95 for a deluxe room with the rejuveNATION rates.