2014 Major Sporting Events – tickets and accommodation

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Getting tickets and travelling to international sporting events doesn’t have to be a nightmare.  Here’s how to beat the touts, see the event and enjoy the experience.

Super Bowl XLVIII – New Jersey

2 February 2014 is going to be the biggest date in the USA’s sporting calendar next year, the day when the Super Bowl XLVIII brings the whole country to a standstill.

82,565 frenzied fans will fill the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey at the first ever cold-weather championship in the Super Bowl’s history.  Around 110 million TV viewers are expected to tune in.

Tickets range from around £300 to £1,600 and the National Football League offers packages including VIP access, refreshments, accommodation and merchandise.

For the best chance of securing a seat there are all-inclusive packages from the UK.

Sports Events Travel (01543 258631) offers return flight from London to New York, with 3 nights in a 3 star Manhattan hotel and upper level match tickets.  Prices start at £3220

Thomson Sport (0844 800 9900) has 3 nights at the Holiday Inn Midtown, match tickets and a two day New York Sightseeing Pass with a National Football League Experience, for £4,195.

Flights are not included but you book from selected UK airports with American Airlines (0844 499 7300) with prices starting at £476 for a 4 day trip.

Free seat cushions and hand-warmers will be handed out to spectators on the day, and Bruno Mars headlines the half-time show to warm things up even more.  Stay in touch on the official Twitter page and learn some useful American football slang before you get there.

XXII Olympic Winter Games – Sochi

From 6 to 23 February, the Black Sea city of Sochi will be the focus of world attention as it stages the first Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Russia.

Fifteen winter sports will be represented with ninety eight individual events to choose from. 6,000 athletes are expected to attend, representing eighty five countries.

Sochi Olympic Park will host most of the indoor events with the mountain resort of Krasnaya Polyana hosting outdoor events.  Around 75,000 people a day are expected to visit the Olympic Park with the Sochi Light Metro providing a 30 minute connection between both venues.

CoSport is the licensed provider of tickets, hotels, and hospitality packages ranging from 3 night stays to longer depending on your choice, but flights are not included.  A typical package for 2 people starts from around £5,800.  Tickets range from around £30 to £160 depending on the category.

Return flights to Sochi are available from Belfast and Edinburgh (BA), Manchester and Birmingham (KLM) and London City Airport (Air France) from around £550 return. In response to a shortage of hotel accommodation in Sochi, cruise ships have been chartered with cabins available from around £50 a night

Get a flavour of what’s to come at Sochi before you go.  You can also follow the build up to the games on Facebook and Twitter

 

2014 FIFA World Cup – Brazil

Undoubtedly the hottest tickets on the planet next year will be for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, with kick off in Sao Paulo on Thursday 12th June 2014.  Twelve cities will host 64 matches over 32 days giving the event a gross stadia capacity of 3,720,225.

With 1.1 million tickets already allocated, remaining tickets for all 64 matches can be applied for between 8 December 2013 and 30 January 2014. Two more first-come-first-served ticketing periods take place from 26 February, right up until the World Cup Final on 13 July.

Tickets are only available through FIFA and range from around £55 to £620. An official Ticket and Resale platform opens in 2014.

There are no official tour companies attached to FIFA however, Infinity Tours (0800 612 9414) is an authorized sales agent for FIFA World Cup 2014 travel.  Match tickets are not included but the 6 to 32 night packages include all travel and accommodation between the twelve World Cup participating cities, from £3,099 to £9.999

Thomas Cook Sports (0844 800 9900) offers British Airways flights from Heathrow to Rio de Janiero, from £999 to £3759, excluding match tickets.

In the meantime get those Samba steps ready with the 2014 World Cup official theme song ‘Bellini – Samba de Janeiro’ 

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