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Matt Cullen is originally from Chapel Hill, NC. He studied Marketing and Professional Golf Management at Florida State University and received his MBA in Sports Marketing and Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, attending sporting events, and is an avid Florida State football fan. Matt and his wife Carlie were recently blessed with their first son, Carson.

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Niala Samnarine was born on the island of Trinidad and made her way to Charlotte, NC via Old Bridge, NJ.  She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received her Bachelor’s in Communication and Media Studies. Niala loves playing with puppies and enjoys a good meme every now and again. She is also an avid Jets, Yankees and Nets fan. 

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3 Reasons Why the Pro Bowl’s 2015 Home Wins


Pro Bowl FieldUndoubtedly you’ve heard the news by now, and if you haven’t let me be the first to tell you: The 2015 Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona!

If you’re experiencing déjà vu, you’re not alone. It wasn’t too long ago that the NFL announced another big game was going to be played in Arizona: Super Bowl XLIX. So for those of you following along at home, that means that next year BOTH the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl will be played in the same state!

Obviously for Arizona natives this is going to be one exciting January/February, but here are three reasons why Arizona wins as the 2015 home of the Pro Bowl for all NFL fans.

1. Less Traveling = More Time at your Destination!

Everyone knows that Hawaii is not just a hop, skip and jump to travel to. For many it’s a multi-stop, day-long flying adventure. Consider this:

Flight Times to Hawaii:

  • San Francisco to Honolulu: four hours and 40 mins
  • New York to Honolulu : 10 hour 50 minute flight

Flight Times to Arizona:

  • San Francisco to Phoenix: two hours
  • New York to Phoenix: five hours and 37 minutes

With the 2015 Pro Bowl’s new home stationed in Phoenix, AZ fans all over the U.S. can enjoy shorter flights, and more time on-site to enjoy the event’s festivities!

2. They’re Hosting Super Bowl XLIX…Less Than One Week Later!

NFLOL SB49 reg lockupThis is just the third time in NFL history that the same site will host both the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl. The first Super Bowl in Los Angeles and the 2010 game in Miami, also shared this honor.

For fans who have had to make the tough choice of the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, or the Super Bowl in the mainland, the decision has already been made! With two upper echelon football events slated to take place one week apart in the same city, this will easily become a football fan’s bucket list week! Instead of planning two separate vacations, plan one ULTIMATE football week.

3. Arizona Will be Chock Full of Things To Do Around the Game

Think of all the opportunities you will have to see the league’s best players, all gathered in one location! Additionally, Arizona is a mecca of dining, shopping, entertainment, spas, golfing and more.

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The state has already began gearing up for the Super Bowl, and the Pro Bowl’s addition will only make the occasion all the more special.

For a full list of why Arizona is the perfect place for the Pro Bowl AND Super Bowl>>>

Be There!

When 2015 Pro Bowl tickets are released, Cardinals fans get first dibs, then Pro Bowl season ticket holders, then you, unless…

You choose to go with NFL On Location and opt for an Official Pro Bowl Ticket Package. Official ticket packages include a ticket with a great view of the game and tons of insider extras. Get access to exclusive events such as official tailgates, block parties, practices and more. Additionally, packages offer optional luxury accommodations and ground transportation so all you need to do is show up and enjoy the game and all that Arizona has to offer.

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Who Will Win the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship


All of us here at QuintEvents cannot wait for the college football season! Partially because QuintEvents is a home to some die-hard fans, but more so because this year, we are honored to be the Official Hospitality and Ticket Package Provider for the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship!

We couldn’t be any more excited about that fact!

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So because we couldn’t conceal our excitement for the fall and because we are already pumped for the national title game, we’ve polled the office to see which teams our team believes will be make it to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship!

Take a look.

QuintEvents' Picks for the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship!

Florida State vs Louisianna State - Matt Cullen, Director of Marketing & Business Development

NC State vs Alabama – Mark Rhodes, Design & Development

Alabama vs Florida State – Lauren Roberts, Design

College Football National Championship Gold B Package 1Michigan State vs Alabama – Tom Perillo, Chief Financial Officer

Florida State vs Oklahoma – Erik Weasenforth, Design

Alabama vs Florida State – Kellie Canosa, Jr. Inbound Marketing Coordinator

Michigan State vs Alabama - Andrea Stumler, Account Executive

Ohio State vs Alabama – Collin Baker, Event Sales

Alabama vs Oregon – Loren Hebel-Osborne, Account Executive

Oregon vs Ohio State – Steve Ellis, Sales Executive

Florida State vs Alabama - Jason Lowman, Director of Indirect Sales

Florida State vs Ohio State – Jaclyn Harris, Inbound Marketing Coordinator

USC vs Auburn – Anthony Flint, Account Executive

Florida State vs Oregon – Craig Flint, Sales Executive

Florida State vs USC – Niala Samnarine, Inbound Marketing Coordinator

Louisiana State vs Florida State – Brian Learst, CEO

What two teams do you believe will make it to the College Football Playoff National Championship? Tell us in the comments below.

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Attend the First Ever College Football Playoff National Championship with QuintEvents!

College Football National Championship Gold PackagesThere is no better way to attend the national title game than with Playoff Premium’s Official Partner, QuintEvents! With Official Ticket Packages including behind the scenes access, coveted amenities and much more that aren’t available anywhere else, you can have the experience of a lifetime at the biggest college football game of the year!

Just imagine: watching the game live from some of the best seats in AT&T Stadium, tailgating at an in-stadium hospitality venue pregame with an open bar, premium menu, and interactive elements. Not to mention, you’ll be able to meet collegiate football legends, and receive Official College Football Playoff souvenirs!

The only thing the College Football Playoff National Championship is lacking is YOU! So what are you waiting for?

QuintEvents is ready and we can’t wait for you to join us! Get more information on how you can attend the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship with us this January by calling 1-866-834-8663 or by visiting our website.


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2014 Masters Recap: Week of Great Golf and Great Weather


Bubba Claims his 2nd Green Jacket

This one will and should feel better than his last.

Why you ask? Just look below:

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As a father of a boy just a few months younger than Caleb Watson, everything means more if you can share it with your son/daughter.

2014 Masters 124 resized 600This Masters win is no exception as Watson’s wife and son were there on the 18th green to share his win in at the 2014 Masters. A win that looked easy, but was far from it.

Bubba entered the final round at Augusta National Golf Club with a share of the lead with 20-year-old and Masters rookie, Jordan Spieth. A birdie at the par-5 2nd got Spieth moving in the right direction. Then, at No. 4, he holed a thrilling bunker shot to move two strokes ahead of Watson. Spieth gave one back at No. 5, but then rolled in consecutive birdies at Nos. 6 and 7.

Spieth’s round started to unravel, however, as Watson began his resurgence. Spieth had a two-stroke lead on the tee at No. 8, and he started the second nine two strokes off Watson's pace after consecutive bogeys. Watson, on the other hand, birdied both No. 8 and No. 9.

Watson was solid on the back nine as Spieth and fellow competitor Jonas Blixt were unable to make a run at the lead, allowing Watson to coast to a three-shot victory.

And, in true “Bubba fashion,” here is how he celebrated his second Masters win:

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…Waffle House!

Here is a look at the final leaderboard for the 2014 Masters:

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Taking a Break Inside the Lodge on Magnolia

2014 Masters 191 resized 600Many of QuintEvents’ clients were able to take a break from the Masters action and relax inside the Lodge on Magnolia.

This hospitality venue, perfectly situated just outside the gates of Augusta National, was the perfect escape for Masters patrons. Equipped with an all-day open bar, guests could also enjoy breakfast, lunch, and heavy hors d'oeuvres throughout the week.

Inside the beautiful facility, guests were able to unwind and enjoy tasty selections that are not available to the general public. With several big screen televisions located throughout the Lodge, guests didn’t miss a second of the Masters action while outside the gates of Augusta National.

How You Can Get Tickets to the 2015 Masters!

Thinking about attending the 2015 Masters? Let QuintEvents help you book the experience of a lifetime. With access to Masters Badges for practice and tournament rounds, VIP hospitality, hotel accommodations, and many additional extras, QuintEvents is the one-stop ticket source for your Masters experience! Check out our ticket packages and see what sets us apart from the average ticketing company.

For ticket package details to the 2015 Masters, call 866-834-8663 or visit our website today!


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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Process by the Numbers


For many fans, the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection process is a magical procedure that few are privy too. With the official selection process outlined on the official site, fans still sometimes have a hard time grasping how exactly players are selected, and enshrined into the prestigious Hall of Fame.

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To simplify the process I bring you the selection process: by the numbers (like coloring with numbers, but for football!). So kick back and read on for a simple explanation to how Hall of Famers are selected!

Pro Football Hall of Fame by the Numbers

ONE: The number of fans it takes to nominate a qualified (i.e. pro football related) person. This means if a fan would like to nominate someone, all it takes is one written letter to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee for consideration!

TWO: The number of representatives on the Selection Committee from New York. (Each pro football city has one media representative on the committee, with two teams, they get two representatives)

THREE: The smallest enshrinement class ever (1973 and 1976’s classes both had three enshrinees)

FOUR: According to the current ground rules of the committee, between four and seven new members will be enshrined each year.

FIVE: A player or coach must have last played or coached a minimum of five seasons before consideration.

NINE: The number of veteran members of the committee who name the two pre-1988 nominees for consideration.

THIRTEEN: The amount of at-large delegates.

FIFTEEN: The number of modern-era candidates who are selected to the hall for consideration.

SEVENTEEN: The roster of final candidates must include 17 pro-football affiliated persons. Fifteen from the modern-era and two nominees from the pre-1988 era.

THIRTY-THREE: The 33rd member of the committee is a rep of the Pro Football Writer’s of America and is appointed for a two-year term.

EIGHTY: One nominated a candidate is must receive an 80% approval from the committee. (A scale of negative votes for elimination varies by the number of committee members in attendance.)

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Be There!

Oh the joy of knowing that professional football is only 110 days away (Seriously, we counted). There’s still the NFL Draft, off season wheeling and dealing, and then it will be the Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend with the Hall of Fame game kicking off the season before we know it.

So how can you get in on all of the action? Easy, with an Official Pro Football Hall of Fame Ticket Package! With a wide range of packages available, football fans with almost any budget can attend this momentous weekend!

With Official Ticket Packages direct from the NFL, you can be up front and center throughout the entire Enshrinement Festival. From the Gold Jacket Ceremony to the Enshrinement Ceremony to the Hall of Fame Game, you’ll have the best seats in the house! You’ll also have access to exclusive benefits such as official tailgates, complimentary food, premium open bars, plenty of interactive elements, and other coveted amenities.

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Official Ticket Package Options:

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Single Day

Meet this year’s class (and past members) and maybe even ask them how they feel about the selection process, all you need to do is be there!


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The Atlanta Falcons to take on the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium


This fall, the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions will be taking their match-up across the pond to Wembley Stadium in London, England. But what makes an NFL game in one of the world’s most historic and culturally diverse cities even better? For you to join us, of course!

With Official Ticket Packages direct from the NFL, QuintEvents and NFL On Location are prepared to help you make the trip across the pond to experience this NFL International Game. Take a look at these three reasons why you definitely want to be at Wembley on Oct. 26, to watch the Lions take on the Falcons!

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1. Elements for Great Competition

Let’s face it. Whether you are a die-hard Lions or Falcons fan or not, you can’t deny the element of great competition that will be in this game. Out of all of their match-ups, Detroit holds 23 victories while Atlanta holds 12. However, the Falcons have won three games in a row against the Lions. Saying they’re on a roll is an understatement.

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With London weather conditions foreign to both teams and the competition being held on international soil, this match could be anyone’s game! Atlanta has momentum on their side, but Detroit has a lot to bring to the table. Regardless of who you root for, this is a game you don’t want to miss this season!

2. Watch the Game at 2:30 p.m. London Time, Not 9:30 a.m. ET

The NFL has planned its first ever morning game! And while it’s exciting that the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions get to be a part of this historical moment, 9:30 a.m. ET is a very early start to a fan’s Sunday football.

Wouldn’t you prefer to watch the game LIVE and at 2:30 p.m. London time rather than wake up early? If you attend the Falcons vs Lions International Game, you’ll experience all the elements of attending an NFL game live, but better!

On game day, you’ll be invited to tailgate with the NFL and some of their biggest fans! Enjoy pregame, halftime and postgame hospitality with complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks, plus gourmet fare.

Trust me, that’s something you’re not going to be able to find in your living room at 9:30 a.m.

nfl international series london picstitch nfl on locations quintevents3. Experience London Town

From Parliament and Big Ben to Westminster Abbey, from Buckingham Palace to Picadilly Circus, from Leicester Square to the Tower of London, there is so much to do in London town!
When you attend the Lions vs Falcons NFL International Game, you have to plan a couple days to see this historical and cultural landscape.

The London experience is incomparable to any movies or pictures you might have seen. The only way to take in this city is by getting on your feet (or maybe a double decker bus) and experiencing it for yourself!

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What are you waiting for? London is calling!

With Official Ticket Packages to the Falcons vs Lions International Game, you can experience all the NFL has to offer in London! With optional accommodations included, VIP hospitality access, an invitation to the Friday Night Kickoff Cruise, and more, when the NFL hits international turf, they do it big!

Because essentially everything is included in your Official Ticket Package, all you have to do is sit back, relax, enjoy the game, and enjoy England! October will be here before you know, so don’t wait! Get more information on how you see your team compete at historic Wembley Stadium!


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Travel Agents: Booking Through the Official Source Matters


Every travel agent has been there. Your clients are planning a trip to a destination and they’re looking for sporting events, concerts, you name it, to do while they’re there. You search around and find some options for them. Your clients decide on the events they want to attend, and you book their tickets through a secondary source. Little did you know at the time, big mistake.

Either the tickets were no good, you had to upcharge them to outrageous prices that made your clients unhappy in order to make commission, or maybe these tickets were “ticket packages” which came with extras inclusions which really meant one souvenir. Not exactly the kind of bang for your buck your clients were looking for.

Where does that leave you? With unhappy clients, less than rave reviews, and the lost opportunity of a repeat customer. It’s even worse when your clients aren’t just a family, but are a large group or corporation.

Whether you’ve already dealt with a situation like this or if you’ve been lucky and avoided these problems thus far, we’re here to help ensure you that this sort of flaw never happens to you and your fellow travel agents.

The solution? It’s simple really, book directly from the source! Take a look at these three reasons why booking Official Ticket Packages (key word there is Official) direct from the source of the event is the best solution for both you and your clients!

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1. Security and Reliability

One of the greatest perks about booking Official product is that it comes direct from the source. So when you receive your ticket packages, you will have quality assurance that your tickets are valid and the inclusions are just as good anyone could dream of.

There is no question about whether or not a ticket package from an event organizer is of exceptional quality, and that is the type of security you are able to pass along to your clients! In turn, your clients will see you as a reputable source and will be more likely to come back to you for future needs. That’s a win-win.

2. Exclusive Perks No Matter the Group Size

Whether you are planning a trip for two people or 150 people, Official Ticket Packages can accommodate your group. With large block seating available, you’ll also rest assured that your entire group will be seated together and not spaced out amongst the stadium or arena.

Additionally, Official Ticket Packages include hospitality and transportation options. This allows your clients to have luxurious accommodations in their destination and transportation to and from Official events included in the price of their ticket package.

This means that there is one set price that they have to pay, and it eliminates extra booking responsibilities for you as the travel agent. Instead of you needing to book their hotel and rental car in addition to their trip, it will already be done for you!

3. Unparalleled Access and Inclusions

This is where you really see the smiles get wide. Official Ticket Packages also include Official Hospitality access and Official inclusions as well! So no matter what event they are attending, they’ll be able to enjoy exclusive access to a premium hospitality area, complimentary gourmet fare, open or cash bars, plenty of interactive elements, and even celebrity appearances!

Not to mention, many Official Ticket Packages also include gift bags which hold Official merchandise from the event. Go big or go home right? There is virtually no way that your clients could feel like they were jipped out of inclusions, which will make you both happy.

QuintEvents: The Official Source

describe the imageSo now that you’re sold, find out how you can team up and get your commission! QuintEvents is the only event company with Official Relationships with nine of the world’s most prestigious event organizers!

With Official Partnerships with the NFL On Location, NBA, Churchill Downs, College Football Playoff Premium, Breeders’ Cup, Formula One Paddock Club, Circuit of The Americas, MotoGP VIP Village, and UFC, there are events taking place all around the world that your clients can attend!

Take a look at our 2014 Event Calendar>>>

So what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to see how you can partner up with QuintEvents to send your clients on the trip of a lifetime today! Visit our website to learn how the commission process works and to get more information.


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NFL is Taking Over London: Oakland Raiders vs Miami Dolphins


Picture this: You’re staying in one of the most culturally diverse, picturesque and historic cities, sitting inside one of the world’s most renowned stadiums, and you’re watching NFL football LIVE! Now, please go ahead and try to tell me that’s not on your bucket list!

This fall, with the help of QuintEvents and NFL On Location, you can plan the trip of a lifetime to see the Oakland Raiders take on the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London, England on Sept. 28!

With Official Ticket Packages to the Raiders vs Dolphins International Game, you can get unparalleled access at Wembley Stadium, along with access to Official NFL tailgates, and all the perks of staying in one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

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Oakland Raiders vs Miami Dolphins Match-Up

• Both the Raiders and the Dolphins are a part of the AFC

• The International Game will take place during week 4 of the NFL season

• This will be the second regular season contest the Dolphins have played in the International Series

• The Raiders are hosting the match and it counts as one of their home games

• The Dolphins competed in the first ever regular season game in the UK against the New York Giants in 2007

• This will be the first International Game that Oakland has competed in

• Miami has a deep history in competing outside the US, dating back to preseason games in 1988 that were hosted on international soil

Why London?

As mentioned before, London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world – walking down the street you can hear more than 250 different languages being spoken! Because of the city’s national landmarks, rich history and distinguished architecture, there are an abundance of places to go, things to see and moments to experience. A few historical places you should check out:

nfl international series london picstitch nfl on locations quintevents• Buckingham Palace – who doesn’t want to get the opportunity to see baby Prince George

• Westminster Abbey – you could even attend a service while you’re there

• Parliament and Big Ben – it’s beautiful from afar, but if you can score a tour of the inside, you’ll be astounded

• London Eye – the largest “ferris wheel” in the world, it takes 30 minutes to complete with epic views of the entire city and surrounding area

• Tower of London – once a fortress that protected the city, you’ll be able to see the jewels and how the residents once lived

• Tower Bridge – if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see the bridge rise allowing larger boats to pass under on the River Thames

• Castles and Churches – located in London or a short train ride away are gorgeous castles and elegant churches. A few we suggest? Check out Windsor Castle and St. Paul’s Cathedral

nfl international series 2014 nfl on location quintevents londonLondon boasts a trend-setting fashion scene, love for sports and unique culture. While you’re in town for the Raiders vs Dolphins International Game, you should definitely check out these off tourist track areas:

• Piccadilly Circus – bountiful shopping and plenty of great eats

• Leicester Square – home of London theatre; if you’re looking for a show, this is where you’ll find them

• Football Stadiums – NFL football might not have made its way across the pond full-time as of yet, but British football is a hit, and with plenty of stadiums like Chelsea, West Ham and Arsenal a tube ride away, you can tour stadiums and see why it's all the rage

• Pubs – British pubs are famous for delicious food and great beer, and you can always find nice locals who can direct you to other hot spots

So what are you waiting for? London is calling!

Official Ticket Packages Direct From the Source

With Official Ticket Packages direct from the NFL, you’re International Series experience will be incomparable! You’ll have access to the NFL Friday Night Kickoff Cruise on the river Thames where you’ll be able to enjoy a complimentary bar and appetizers. And did I mention that NFL cheerleaders and players will be in attendance?

nfl quintevents international seriesOn game day, you’ll be invited to tailgate with the NFL! Enjoy a deluxe three course meal and a complimentary bar inside an exclusive hospitality area. And since hospitality is open three hours pregame, during halftime and one hour postgame, you’ll have no need to purchase concessions inside Wembley Stadium.

You’ll also receive an Official NFL gift bag and NFL On Location Signature Services to assist you in getting those autographs.

Official NFL International Series Ticket Packages also include luxurious hotel accommodations in London and ground transfers from all official events. Apart from your airfare, everything is planned in advance for you!

So whether you want to go to cheer on the Oakland Raiders or the Miami Dolphins, it’s time to get your gear together (don’t forget to pack your lucky underwear) and prepare to head across the pond! The NFL International Series is here!



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Why Arizona is the Perfect Place for Super Bowl XLIX


NFL On Location QuintEvents FootballDid you know Arizona was unanimously selected by NFL owners to host the Super Bowl XLIX in 2015? Was it because they were so impressed by the state’s execution of the 2008 Super Bowl? Was it more

Read on to find out just why Arizona is the perfect place to crown the next Super Bowl Champions!

What Are The Facts

It would be easy to say that the people are friendly, or we love the landscape of the state, but we’d rather deal in facts. So what are the facts about The Grand Canyon State that make it the perfect place for Super Bowl XLIX?

  • Super Bowl Phoenix Pictures 015300+ days of sunshine every year
  • Average Feb temperature around 70 degrees
  • 32 four- and five-diamond hotels 
  • University of Phoenix Stadium is totally climate controlled and has been voted Best Playing Surface by the NFLPA from 2006 – 2010
  • 20 miles of new light rail
  • Airport people mover
  • Five general aviation airports

In terms of the logistics of the game itself, fans will enjoy what’s likely to be a beautiful 70-something degree, and sunny, Super Bowl Sunday; and if for some reason mother nature does not comply, fans and players will be able to retreat into the perfect conditions inside University of Phoenix Stadium. With the influx of fans, players and media, they’ll need somewhere to stay, and Arizona’s 32 multi-diamond award winning hotels ought to do!

Additionally with the thousands that are expected, Arizona’s transportation infrastructure including five different airports, airport people mover and light rail will accommodate everyone’s transportation needs.

It’s More Than Just The Day

The Super Bowl is more than just a day, in almost every case, it’s an entire weekend or week affair. So what does the state have to offer visitors aside from the championship game?

  • Super Bowl Phoenix Pictures 03422 five- and four-diamond restaurants (Featuring hundreds of award winning chefs)
  • 200+ area golf courses
  • World class spas 
  • Recreational trails
  • The 7th largest US shopping destination (According to Forbes)

That’s right, dining, shopping and tons of other recreational activities are at visitors’ disposal during the days leading up to and after the Super Bowl. Still not convinced?

Glendale to Phoenix

A short drive away from Glendale, where Super Bowl XLIX will actually be played, fans can get a taste of Phoenix, AZ.

This metropolis has been updated since 2008's Super Bowl to include 3,000 more hotel rooms, 30 new restaurants, four times the amount of downtown residents, 600,000 square feet and a completed Phoenix Convention Center. (Talk about an overhaul to this already amazing city!)

The Super Bowl XLIX Host Committee has announced that the city will be home to an outdoor fan campus to be named Super Bowl Central (Click here for a sneak peek)! The newly completed Phoenix Convention Center will house the world’s largest interactive football theme park, NFL Experience, so visitors will have plenty to do between Glendale and Phoenix, and with the short distance between the cities traffic and congestion shouldn't be an issue.

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We’re already two months removed from the Super Bowl XLVIII and a month away from the 2014 NFL Draft. Before you know it we will be inducting the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and watching the Hall of Fame game (the season’s first preseason game).

Post Game SBWhich means, Super Bowl XLIX will be here before you can say "Kick off”! Be the first to learn about Official Super Bowl XLIX Ticket Packages. Complete with a ticket to the game, access to official VIP hospitality, player and cheerleader meet and greets, amazing interactive experiences and much more, official packages offer a bucket list experience to the biggest football game of the year with the security of being direct from the NFL!

Will we see you in Arizona? Were you at the 2008 Super Bowl? What is your best memory of Super Bowl XLII in Arizona? Share in the comments below!


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Breeders’ Cup Race Replays and Handicapping Kentucky Derby & Oaks


describe the imageLike the Kentucky Derby, the Breeders’ Cup Championships are never too far away in the minds of horsemen and horseplayers alike. The Breeders’ Cup two-year-old performances are especially fascinating to review this time of year for handicapping the Oaks and Derby as they give important insight into the way a particular horse has developed and matured.

Further, I have often forgotten how good those Breeders’ Cup performances were until I re-live them on video replays. Any two-year-old colt or filly that competed in the Breeders’ Cup had already displayed champion qualities with precociousness, willingness, talent, and soundness during the early rigors of training as “babies.” Often as “new” horses emerge on the Road to the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks, it becomes easy to focus on dazzling single race victories of the new names maturing this spring over the consistency of several horses who have remained good over time.

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Growing Up from the Breeders’ Cup to the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks

The first change of note when watching the Juvenile races is the most obvious: the physical change. Most of the horses are taller now, and are generally carrying more weight with more muscle mass and definition now as three-year-olds. But even more important than the physical maturity is to note mental changes of some horses in particular.

I saw a lot more anxious horses in the paddock and post parade. There were longer load times in the starting gate and generally more “green” behavior – all to be expected of youngsters. I digress to make a comparison with some of the popular singing competitions. The difference between the same competitors at the audition compared to the finale can be dramatic. For example, Kelly Clarkson showed her talent to sing in the audition at American Idol®, but as she honed her performance skills and style, she was barely recognizable as the same performer when the confetti fell on her winning night.

The most interesting aspect of reviewing the races on video was to observe how some Derby and Oaks contenders have defined their “style” of running. By style, I am referring to whether a horse is a pace-setter or a closer. And further, does this horse now show a pattern in their races leading up to the Oaks and Derby that suggest a predilection and success for that style. The answer is … yes!


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As an example, let’s examine two fillies who will likely command top spots for who I believe will win the Kentucky Oaks when I complete my final selection.


untapable kentucky oaks 2014 derby experiencesThe first filly to scrutinize is Untapable. I have observed this filly even prior to her win in the Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs, her run in the Breeders’ Cup and every major Kentucky Oaks prep race. She just keeps getting better.

Untapable has run her best races when she can be rated just off the pace-setting leaders. This suggests that the filly likes to have a target to run at, but does not like to be behind so many horses that she gets a lot of kick-back from the track in her face. She has good tactical speed so that she can break sharply and find her spot. She then relaxes and sets a pace where she is asked to quicken that pace with each increasing furlong.

In fact, Untapable’s worst effort occurred in the Breeders’ Cup where she was allowed to rate too far back into the field. Reviewing the race, you could tell that she was uncomfortable and was never able to settle into a cadence that allowed her to conserve energy.

Certainly trainer Steve Asmussen observed the same thing and he made certain to give the jockey instructions to get her closer to the pace in successive races and get her clear of too much track debris. She is undefeated since!

In the paddock, Untapable is flawless and knows exactly what to do – a professional race horse. She is extremely focused, attentive to her handlers and does not waste any energy by getting over-anxious or getting roused by the crowds.


The second filly I studied closely is Rosalind. I was also able to watch this filly develop as a two-year-old from her first days at the track at Churchill Downs. She also competed in the Pocahontas Stakes finishing a game third. But again, I had forgotten how good Rosalind’s race was at the Breeders’ Cup until I watched the race again several times.

The filly actually galloped out in front of the photo finish pair of She’s a Tiger and winner, Ria Antonia. With just a bit more distance or a split second move a bit earlier in the stretch, she would have won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies handily! The most telling was to examine still photos of Rosalind with her ears pricked forward as she crossed the wire – clearly believing she won – she just didn’t get the title in ink.

In sharp contract to Untapable, Rosalind does her best running in the final furlong. Rosalind’s closing style allows her to gallop comfortably behind the pack apparently not bothered by kick-back. She can observe changes in the race unfolding in front of her and she gains confidence as she passes rivals. This filly is able to drop into a different gear as she circles the field and then sprints to the wire with an amazing turn of foot.

Rosalind’s style has also become a consistent pattern and her most recent race in the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland was a gutty performance where she came from way off the pace and six wide to hit the wire in a dead heat with Room Service. Trainer Kenny McPeek gave her a bit more time off over the winter to “grow up,” and he has added blinkers to her racing equipment so help her maintain focus in the midst of early traffic. Many will forget that her dirt races are as good as her polytrack effort. The Keeneland win will be the last impression for many who will dismiss her, but I will not!

Additionally, trainer McPeek has scheduled Rosalind’s races so that her third start of the season is the Kentucky Oaks. There is a bit of “magic” in the power of three in racing. The first race back off a lay-off is for fitness. There is just not a better way to get race fit than to race.

In the second race back, the horse is getting back in the groove – like the second shot at the free throw line or the second and third downs in football. Fitness is again honed in the second start. The third start, the horse is now in peak fitness and mentally ready. The old saying “third times a charm” is actually race track jargon and wise old handicappers knew when it was ripe to play their wagers.


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Colts Who Could Be Kentucky Derby Bound

Kentucky Derby 2014 First Turn Clubhouse Race Derby Experiences QuintEventsThe review of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for colts was not as telling since so many of those top-placed colts have been sidelined for injuries or are otherwise not competing.
A couple of horses to note include Medal Count. This colt showed early brilliance and he was in my picks at Breeders’ Cup. He is massive in size and I can only assume that trainer Dale Romans has had to use his best horsemanship and patience as this colt kept growing and adding weight to young bones and joints.

Medal Count showed he has worked through these issues with a stunning performance in the Transylvania Stakes just two weeks ago. He needs points to make the Kentucky Derby, so the Bluegrass Stakes this weekend is telling.

We Miss Artie is another colt that has shown consistency over time. He finished mid-pack in the Breeders’ Cup and in most of his dirt races. He seems to prefer polytrack as his wins have come over that surface at Keeneland and Turfway Park, but he comes to the Derby with his last race as a win and you can never discount the mental points given to a horse and his confidence with a victory.

His races might be “sneaky good” as the pedigree definitely supports the horse being able to go the Kentucky Derby distance. This might be one to keep in your exotics to hit the board.


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4 Steps to Go to UFC 172


ufc 172 logoSo you know you want to see the Light Heavyweight UFC Champ Jon “Bones” Jones take on Glover Teixeira come April 26th in Baltimore, but you’re just not sure how to even begin to get there.

Do you need to scalp tickets? Do you need a rental car? How do you find out about other events, and how do you even get access to get in??

Take a deep breath and read these four steps to go to UFC® 172!

Step 1: Purchase a Ticket

There are really four options here:

  1. Baltimore ArenaTicketmaster®
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  3. The secondary market
  4. Scalping

With options one and two, you have the security of knowing that your tickets are coming directly from the UFC® and the security of knowing that they are authentic. Another benefit is that you’re easily able to get group seating (as we draw closer and tickets get sold this will become more and more difficult) and finally with resellers prices typically far exceed face value.

Step 2: Where are You Staying

There are two options for accommodations:

  1. This late in the game there are still a few rooms available within a one mile radius of the arena. As it stands the cheapest room within a mile for two nights, that’s a minimum of three stars, will run you about $529 a pop. 
  2. The other option is to get your accommodations included as part of your Official UFC® 172 Ticket Package, where your hotel is already selected and bundled into your package.

Step 3: Meeting Fighters

What? Don’t tell me this wasn’t a step on your list! What’s going to a UFC® event if you can’t meet some real life UFC fighters?

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Again you’ve got a few options here:

  1. At the Q & A (open to Fight Club members) and Fighter Weigh-ins (open to the general public), both accessible with a UFC Ticket Package
  2. Running into them randomly at restaurants or bars in the area
  3. During the exclusive VIP behind-the-scenes tour on Friday as part of the Official UFC® 172 Ticket Package
  4. At the exclusive VIP hospitality venue, also part of the  Official UFC® 172 Ticket Package (there will also be opportunity to meet Octagon™ girls)

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Nothing says major sporting event like a tailgate or party! UFC® 172 will be no different. So you can head to the local bar, or pregame in your hotel room. Or you can party like a boss at the exclusive on-site UFC VIP Experience hospitality party venue.

This luxurious space is decked out with tons of seating and TVs so you don’t miss a second of the prelims. Open until the main card begins the hospitality party venue will feature appearances by fighters and Octagon girls—meaning you can mingle, meet, takes pics and rub elbows with some of your favorites!

What’s a party or pregame without delicious food and beverages? This party venue offers premium open bar offerings and gourmet food buffets. So how can you get in? There’s only one way: through an Official UFC® 172 Ticket Package!

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Using these steps you can piece together the ultimate UFC® 172 experience, or you can save yourself the time and trouble and get it all in on place.

UFC VIP Experience can offer the ultimate UFC® 172 experience with Official UFC 172 Ticket Packages! In addition to everything listed above, get access to rehearsal and sound check, official programs, an opportunity to hold the actual UFC Championship belt inside the Octagon and more!

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