Should you stay or should you go? In case you hadn't heard, Super Bowl XLIX (or as we like to call it, "Super Bowl Ex-Licks") will be played at the University of Phoenix stadium on February 1. We have 10 good reasons to pack up and go to the desert:
1. There are more flights than ever. United added a temporary leg from Seattle to Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport—a route they currently don't service nonstop—and Alaska, Southwest, USAirways/American, and Delta built on their existing capacity.
2. It's less than a day's drive. If by "day" you mean "all 24 hours." It's about 22 hours by car from Seattle to the Land of Brown, which means you can roll down on Saturday, go to the game on Sunday, and inch back Monday while the whole Emerald City is still in a post-game hangover.
3. There are still hotel rooms...if you don't mind paying. Visit Phoenix suggested late bookers look at hotels near the airport. We found a Howard Johnson room for a mere $427 per night!
4. Phoenix actually has public transportation. Ride all 27 miles of the Phoenix light rail for $4 per day. The system connects to the airport and will have extended hours during Super Bowl weekend.
5. Beer will run in the streets of Phoenix. The city is pausing its open-container law downtown for Super Bowl Week, meaning a nine-block area will become a mini-Vegas where you can drink and stumble and get heat stroke all at the same time. Scottsdale will close streets and expand bar outdoor service areas. This will all end well!
6. The NFL is offering something at a reasonable price. Entrance to downtown Phoenix's Fan Experience is just $35 (and $20 for kids). Players show up to sign autographs and fans can get a peek at media outlets performing interviews. The price jumps to $50 for an NFLXtra ticket, delivering a (single) speedy autograph line and a picture with the Vince Lombardi trophy. That's the NFL we know and love.
7. Other attractions are even cheaper. It costs just $5 to scale a Grand Canyon-themed rock wall with an 18-foot waterfall, and Walk the Moon and the Roots will headline at a downtown stage. Verizon Super Bowl Central, 12 blocks of music and beer gardens and roman numerals for Instagram pics, is free.
8. Phoenix has a Seahawks bar. Of course it has a nerdy name like Skeptical Chymist. The Scottsdale pub has a whole Seahawks schedule that begins Thursday, and will host King 5, the Sea Gals, and a 12th Man rally.
9. You can be first in line for Spring Training. Mariners pitchers and catchers don't report to Peoria until February 20, but we have a Seattleite's Arizona hangout guide from Rick Rizzs.
10. It's gonna be 72 degrees and sunny on Super Bowl Sunday. Dang.
You're totally in, aren't you. But before you buzz off to Sea-Tac, here's one reason not to go to Phoenix for the Super Bowl:
1. Game tickets start at $3,010 on StubHub. Club-level Prime are prices over $28,000. But hey, parking's only about $90!
Maybe someone will turn on the game here in Seattle?