Affordable Bowl Game Travel

Dec 21, 2012 6:00am
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Attention football fanatics: As you know, the bowl games are coming up.

Memo to the people who love them: Here’s an opportunity to get your favorite fan some tickets for a bowl game and a trip for an affordable price.

Hotels.com has teamed up with StubHub to find the bowl games with the cheapest tickets and where there are still hotel rooms available nearby.  The bad news? The championship game is pretty pricey, with an average ticket price of $1,929.

Here are seven far more affordable options. Bonus: It’s a warm-weather getaway for everyone, even if you’re not a football fanatic.

1. Host City: Jacksonville, Fla.

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl

Game Day: Jan. 1

Minimum StubHub Ticket Price: $2.35

Average StubHub Ticket Price: $43

Jacksonville may host the bowl game with the best value, as fans can purchase tickets for as low as $2.35 and lodging along the city’s picturesque riverfront for about $150 per night. The Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville Downtown/Southbank  is minutes from the river walks and has rooms from $142, while the riverfront Omni Jacksonville Hotel offers rooms from $151 and is right across the street from the Jacksonville Landing shopping and dining center.

2. Host City: Pasadena, Calif.

Rose Bowl

Game Day: Jan. 1

Minimum StubHub Ticket Price: $125

Average StubHub Ticket Price: $313

Pasadena has limited room availability with the granddaddy of them all coming to town, but fans can still find rooms in at the Hilton Pasadena starting at $259. Nearby areas, such as Glendale, Calif. - situated approximately seven miles from the stadium – also have availability, with rooms at the Days Inn Glendale starting at $144.

3. Host City: Orlando, Fla.

Capital One Bowl

Game Day: Jan. 1

Minimum StubHub Ticket Price: $18

Average StubHub Ticket Price: $101

Just 1.5 miles from the site of the bowl game, the Crowne Plaza Orlando-Downtown offers some of the best downtown rates (starting at $130) and great value with a guest rating of 4.0. Fans traveling with a companion who’s more interested in relaxation time than the football game can take to the excellent-rated Grand Bohemian Orlando, Autograph Collection, which features a full-service spa and heated outdoor pool (rooms from $269) just two miles from the stadium.

4. Host City: New Orleans, La.

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Game Day: Jan. 2

Minimum StubHub Ticket Price: $41

Average StubHub Ticket Price: $171

If you want to stay within a half-mile of the action, get a room from $182 at the Holiday Inn New Orleans – Downtown Superdome.  The French Quarter also offers many hotel properties centrally located between the stadium and the night life of Bourbon Street, including the Royal Sonesta, with rooms from $219.

 5. Host City: Miami, Fla.

Discover Orange Bowl

Game Day: Jan. 1

Minimum StubHub Ticket Price: $14

Average StubHub Ticket Price: $60

While tickets for the big game may be difficult to come by, the event features some of the most affordable prices currently available. Fans seeking the most value need look no further than the outstanding-rated  Holiday Inn Express Pembroke Pines-Sheridan Street, which offers rooms from $135 and is within eight miles of the stadium. Those wanting to be in the middle of entertainment and nightlife options can check out the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for rooms from $399,  which is located seven miles from the stadium in Davie, Fla.

6. Host City: Glendale, Ariz.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Game Day: Jan. 3

Minimum StubHub Ticket Price: $140

Average StubHub Ticket Price: $254

Room availability within a couple miles of the stadium is very limited, but fans traveling in from Oregon and Kansas can take advantage of a number of affordable and luxurious options within Glendale’s surrounding areas. Within seven miles of the stadium, the western part of Phoenix has a number of rooms for less than $100, including the  Red Roof Inn Phoenix West. Golf enthusiasts can take advantage of the area’s renowned courses within six miles of the stadium by visiting the Wigwam Resort, which offers three 8-hole championship golf courses and rooms from $169.

7. Host City: Arlington, Texas

AT&T Cotton Bowl

Game Day: Jan. 4

Minimum StubHub Ticket Price: $87

Average StubHub Ticket Price: $399

Fans from both sides of the Red River will be converging upon the Dallas area and there are a number of available rooms within two miles of the stadium. The Hyatt Place Dallas/North Arlington/Grand Prairie offers rooms from $259 and the Residence Inn by Marriot Arlington has rooms from $199. Hotels near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport also present great value.

*Note: Ticket prices and room rates are accurate as of Dec. 17, 2012. Some hotel properties may require a minimum night stay.

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