It’s Texas time, football fans: The University of Washington Huskies have been invited to the Valero Alamo Bowl on Thursday, December 29. Besides being sponsored by a massive oil refiner, the big game will take place over the San Antonio Alamodome and will include upwards of 65,000 spectators. Here’s what you need to know if you’re going:
•The UW Alumni Association has all-inclusive three-night hotel and air packages starting at $1,764—but that’s without actual game tickets. The flight is a charter on Southwest, though, so you can probably start a cheer during takeoff.
•If you’re flying on your own, you can score a 5% discount on flights to San Antonio or Austin from sponsor American Airlines. Yes, that’s the airline that declared bankruptcy last week, but that shouldn’t be a problem for travelers (or taken as a sign by superstitious football fans).
•The Grand Hyatt San Antonio and Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk both have a $99 special rate for Alamo Bowlgoers, but remember that you may end up next door to Baylor Bears. Rumble at the ice machine!
•For a fancier overnight, try the historic Menger Hotel, opened in 1859 on the site of the first Texas brewery. (Don’t worry, they’ve built more breweries since.) There’s Victorian decor and a row of white rocking chairs on the porch, all the better for chilling you out post-game.