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Official Partners of Major League Cricket in the USA

We are proud to be an official partner of Major League Cricket, the IPL backed T20 Tournament in the USA! As a British based company and cricket enthusiasts ourselves, we are so excited to be a part of growing this great game across the States, and believe there is enormous opportunity to do so over the coming years.

We all know how well sporting events are done across the pond and the MLC will be no different as America welcome world class T20 cricket for the first time ever. Big names are continually being announced for this years inaugural tournament such as Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, Quinton De Kock, Anrich Nortje and of course our very own World Cup winning super star Liam Plunkett!

Travel with us and enjoy money can’t buy perks such as unrivalled Game-Day access, get close and personal with the players, unique events and plenty more. If you love cricket, love America and love a great time then this is a no-brainer!

More details to follow – For more initial information – CONTACT US – CLICK HERE

Dance Miami!

US Sports Travel and Pro-Excel join forces to launch new concept, Dance Miami.

We are proud to have been appointed as the official and exclusive travel partner to UK based dance organisation Pro-Excel. Here is a little more detail about the partnership, the project itself and plans for expansion!

How did we meet?

Our two companies came across one another as we both attended the Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins NFL game in November 2022 with our respective groups. Pro-Excel had a group performing pre-game in the plaza outside the stadium and we had a group over from the UK enjoying the game preceded by the customary tailgate party in the parking lot. I then met with Matt from Pro-Excel via zoom shortly afterwards and we sowed the seed on our partnership!

Who are Pro-Excel?

Pro-Excel is run by two brothers from Manchester, Liam and Matt O’Reilly. Liam started the company 21 years ago with a vision to provide incredible dance experiences at sporting events for youngsters from all across the UK. There is no doubt his vision has come to light…and some! Pro-Excel have choregraphed performances from Silverstone to Wembley to the new Tottenham Hotspur, and all places in-between! At their most recent show, over 1,000 young dancers performed at the Saracens vs Harlequins game in Tottenham in what was a tremendous success!

As soon as the sporting event is procured, the dancers are then recruited from the large array of academies and schools that Pro-Excel work with, once the places have been filled then Pro-Excel’s professional choreographers take the dancers through a programme lasting a number of months, culminating in the main event itself!

As soon as we met, we were blown away by Liam and Matt’s passion for what they do, they’re driven by creating such unique opportunities for young people, for enhancing their lives through the power of performing. Our companies ethos of exceptional customer service and attention to detail is aligned with that of Pro-Excel and we couldn’t be happier to collaborate on such an exciting project!

What is Dance Miami?

Pro-Excel have now expanded across the pond and after impressing the Dolphins with a more intimate performance last year, have been asked to take as many as 175-200 dancers to a game for the NFL season to showcase their skills in-front of thousands of fanatical sports fans! What an incredible opportunity for these young people to create memories, make new friends and enhance their skills in a world class sporting environment.

Dance Miami does not just stop at the Dolphins in 2023.  We plan on returning for a Major League Baseball experience with the Miami Marlins in the spring of 2024 too and of course, making the Dolphins trip an annual event. We will be working with various elite sporting franchises over the coming years as we grow this concept side by side with Pro-Excel.

The first trip later in 2023 will be four nights and five days, with the package including the base aspects such as flights, resort accommodation (everyone will be under one roof), transfers, tickets and staff. There will also be ‘party on the beach’ allowing a full run through of the performance. We will also head over and spend time with the Dolphins cheer squad and game-day event team for a rehearsal at the training facility, which sits next to the stadium itself! Other events will include a welcome evening and end of trip awards ceremony…with a twist!

We haven’t forgotten about the chaperones and family members either, as we look after them and can package family members trips bespoke and can help with additional things to do whilst out in Miami too.

Plans to grow this concept throughout South Florida are well under way. As a company, we work with cities and sports team all across the USA and in good time, will be introducing the idea further afield. But for now, it’s all hands on deck to create the trip of a lifetime for all those dancers, chaperones and families!

 

If you are interested to know more, then please do reach out to us directly!

 

Sporting heaven in Vegas and Phoenix!

We started out in Sin City itself, the group of 15 colleagues from the sports trading industry landed into Vegas mid-afternoon on the Tuesday, in a tired but excited state and ready to kick things off.

After an air-conned sprinter van transfer into the hotel, we checked in to the wonderful sports themed Circa Resort Hotel. Circa opened in December 2020 and boasts the biggest Sports Book in the world…yes, world! See picture below, not your average hotel pool, they call it ‘Stadium Swim’. The guys loved it, it is such a unique hotel but absolutely pristine, the service impeccable and they have thought of everything. We highly recommend this place, it is off Fremont Street, about a 12 minute taxi ride to the main strip and the roof top bar named Legacy Club boast views where are forced to pinch yourself!

We then spent plenty of time placing sports bets, we managed some Top Golf, had a night at the world famous Hakassan Club and explored Vegas’s unique yet alluring nature. However, if you are reading this and have been to Vegas, you know that 4 nights is plenty. Next stop, Pheonix Arizona…

This is where the sport spectating adventure began. A quick 45 minute flight landed us in at 2pm. Now, the first thing that hits you upon walking out of the airport is the heat, it is a level up from Vegas and like nothing I have personally ever experienced. Another air-conned sprinter later with a very welcome batch of cold waters, we landed at the lovely Hyatt Place in Downtown Phoenix, a stylish and well located hotel where the staff cannot do enough.

It was a quick turnaround ready for an early arrival to the ballpark as we enjoyed pre-game on field access to watch the players prepare up close and personal, a real treat and memory to treasure. After a pit-stop to the club shop for some merch, it was up to our suite where the cold beers and food was waiting. We witnessed the Diamondbacks beat long-time rivals the Giants, the atmosphere was great, and thankfully for us Brits, the roof was closed to keep us nice and cool. Halfway through the game, Zach from the D’Backs bought us a signed ball from homegrown here Josh Rojas which will take pride of place in the guy’s office as memento of a great day!

Post-game we had an area of a bar booked close by, finished the evening with some live music and kept the drinks flowing! What better way to prepare for a 10am tailgate party…

Coffee was the name of the game first thing whilst another air-conned water filled sprinter was on hand to take us to the State Farm Stadium as we met Troy and Cherie from the fantastic Tailgate Warriors, Arizona Cardinals premier tailgaters and WOW did we have good time! We were welcomed in like one of their own, fed and ‘watered’ impeccably, we met so many fans from both the Rams and the Cardinals and experienced a totally unique sporting tradition, a real highlight of an epic trip, which is true testament to our kind hosts.

The game itself saw the home side come second best as they never really looked like threatening the Super Bowl champions LA Rams defence, the Rams coming out 20-9 winners in what was an exhibition in elite American Football and a pleasure to see. With the roof closed due to the heat, this created an electric atmosphere and with our club seats we enjoyed easy access to eateries and bars, more leg room and padded seats, the whole game was a superb experience. Post-game we had queue jump sorted at a bustling bar a 10 minute walk away as we sampled more of the atmosphere, whilst letting the traffic from the stadium die down.

In summary, this was a superb trip achieving all we aim to at US Sports Travel – unforgettable added value, seamless transportation and organisation whilst showcasing to our guests the fabulous way sporting events are carried out in the USA! Bring on the rest of the season!

US Sports Travel hit the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas!

James was lucky enough to visit the 2022 NFL Draft held in Las Vegas, and what an experience it was! Take a look at James’ account below:

I arrived late on Tuesday night after a long day of travelling, and having checked into The Wynn, I had a quick drink in one of the many hotel bars and then an early night before a day of exploring the Strip.

Wednesday 27th April

The customary Day 1 early rise saw a gym session in the vast and luxurious spa area, followed by breakfast in the Terrace Bar – the perfect start to an exciting day ahead. I then strolled all the way up and down the Las Vegas Strip, which is a mesmerising experience. Although this was my second visit to Sin City, the wow factor is no less, and you cannot go far before stopping at something intriguing!

It would have been remiss of me not to take in the NFL shop, located in Caesar’s Palace. There is a shopping mall there – as grand and luxurious as you could imagine. and the shop itself is a football fan’s paradise. I purchased some gimmicky Dolphins items and dragged myself away! As this was the only down time of the trip, I took the opportunity to spend the afternoon by the pool with my favourite podcast, ready for the LVCVA Welcome reception overlooking the beautiful Wynn golf course, which at $650 a round is, at this stage, a pipe dream!

The drinks reception was a great chance to mingle with other invitees and our friends at the LVCVA. The setting was beautiful and the food divine! I met with Ben from our competitors MVP Travel, and really enjoyed his company throughout the trip.

Thursday 28th

The main event – Day 1 of the Draft!

The day started with a 09.30 pick up to experience ‘FlyOver Las Vegas’, which is a virtual journey over the entirety of Vegas, the Strip and beyond. A fun experience, but beware, not one for the faint hearted, especially if partying the previous night. We were then taken to the phenomenal Alegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders. WOW! What a stadium! I have had the privilege of visiting a fair few NFL and other stadiums, but there is an argument to say that it is up there with the best. It is opulent whilst oozing character and atmosphere all in one, a real highlight.

We then headed to the Eiffel Tower restaurant which overlooks the Fountains of Bellagio where the players were initially introduced. The view was outstanding, and again so was the food.

At around 3.pm we started the walk to the Draft itself, mingling with fans on the walk and taking it all in.  We ended up in our hospitality area with a huge screen, and the drinks started to flow! We headed out to the masses with a view of the stage and over 100.000 spectators, as Travon Walker’s name was finally read out, followed by Aidan Hutchinson, and so on. I would describe those moments as surreal, as the true magnitude of the event really hit home and I was struck by the pure privilege of being present.

After the 32 picks, Weezer entertained the crowd, and a good old sing song was enjoyed. Whilst being very British, I felt extremely American at that exact point in time!

Friday 29th

This involved a lunch meeting with the Las Vegas Golden Knights – the Ice Hockey NHL representatives of the city. We met Eric Bartucca of Group Sales and he took us around the training facility, involving 2 ice rinks, offices, an incredible club shop and array of super cars in the parking lot. Thanks to Eric for the access. We discussed our ambition to bring Brits out to experience game-day, which they boast is the best experience in the NHL. I am not sure I am willing to disagree with them!  Eric and his team are one of the most flexible we work with – our game-day experience will be excellent and we have been granted special access to check out the training facilities and more.

The rest of Friday was seeing The Chainsmokers live on stage at The Wynn Encore, bizarrely accompanied by The Gronk dancing around them. All excellent fun and the perfect way to round off the few days.

Saturday was home time after a much needed nice lie-in, a final exploring of the Strip, and even a cheeky venture back to the NFL shop to buy goodies for friends and family.

Thank you Vegas.

We Will Be Back!!

Our Re-Brand Explained!

As many of you will know, we started our journey in 2019 as ‘NFL Weekends’. What many don’t know, it was always our plan to re-brand to ‘US Sports Travel’ after a season of operating purely in the NFL market. Now, with the pandemic kiboshing 2 full seasons, we thought let’s move forward with our re-brand now, not quite the journey we had in mind but the last 2 years hasn’t exactly been a smooth and predictable ride!

Our concept and ethos remain the same – to showcase to a British audience the spectacular American sporting culture whilst providing money can’t buy game-day experiences. Also, to have customer service at the very essence of what we do whilst providing expert destination knowledge and enthusiasm.

We are now able to widen our audience by adding in Baseball, Basketball and Ice Hockey and once more, means that we are able to operate all year round (the NFL regular season is just 18 weekends).

Additionally, we look forward to offering multi-sport trips too. For example – A quick flight to Boston Thursday morning, departing Monday, Celtics Basketball Friday night and Bruins Ice Hockey Sunday night and lots of partying in the city in-between! Or, Miami Heat one night and the Dolphins the next day! All the while, through our direct relationships with the teams, we get you on the court/pitch and more.

We have a relationship with 17 teams across the 4 sports combining New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Nashville, LA and Miami. More will be added as time goes on and our trips will vary from short 3 night hops to New York to longer adventures taking in cities further afield with multiple sporting experiences included.

An exciting adventure ahead, and we hope you can join us!

FAMILY AND FRIENDS RE-UNITE AND BUSINESS TO RE-IGNITE!

‘Game-day with us will comfortably surpass anything you could experience having booked yourself’

America has very recently flung its doors open to double vaccinated Brits and to say this has been a long time coming would be an understatement.

From an NFL Weekends perspective, the last 19 + months have of course, been tough to navigate, and having the second season in a row thwarted by the pandemic has been a particularly bitter pill to swallow. However, here we are, through to the other side and beyond excited for all that 2022 will bring.

But anyway, enough of all that…

2022 will see the company realise our ambitions of showcasing live American sport to an expectant British audience. Furthermore, we guarantee you that Game day with us will comfortably surpass anything you could experience having booked yourself. We work directly with the teams we are going to see, so have special privileges that we can’t wait to share with our clients.

We are so passionate about how our friends across the pond do sport. Be prepared to be thoroughly entertained, they put on a show us Brits can only dream of, no holding back and nothing is off limits. We haven’t even talked about the world class athletes on show and the teams that millions adore all across the globe. Let us show you seriously good sport…the authentic American way.

It is one of our ethos’s to keep our offerings affordable and very good value for money and we like to think we have done that, so please don’t think this isn’t for you and the price tag is unattainable. Everything is done for you, hotels hand-picked, flights booked, transfers waiting, tickets organised and as already mentioned, the game-day with us is EXTRA special.

We haven’t mentioned the cities yet, there is plenty of time for you to explore as you see fit, and there will be an NFL Weekends host on hand to assist with advising, booking or even accompanying you on your chosen activities. We’ll say this bit quietly, but should anything go wrong, we’re there to rectify it right away!

So, after a lengthy delay to Take Off, it’s finally Lift Off – Let’s gooooooooooo!!

Sport! Who does it better? USA vs UK

Sport! Who does it better? America vs Britain

One of the passions we hold dear is the wonderful sporting experiences our friends across the pond put on and how different it is from how we do it here in good old Blighty.

We take a light-hearted look at the differences between the 2 and hopefully whet your appetite for those fabulous Sunday gamedays taking in the razamattazz of the National Football League!

PRE-MATCH RITUALS

We just had to start with the tailgate parties over in the States. Fans meet in the parking lot around 4 hours before KO and BBQ (or ‘grill out’) of the back of their vehicles. This can be anything from families of 4 minding their own business or enormous fan groups of up to 500 where there are DJ’s, beer pong and flying footballs. This is a real ‘must’ when over in the States and is tremendous fun all done in good spirits.

In the UK, it is either straight to the stadium 30 mins to 1 hour before kick off, or the good old pub visit in walking distance to the stadium. For instance, when going to Twickenham, the pubs are jam packed with excited rugby fans shoulder to shoulder sampling smooth pints of Guinness in keen anticipation!

HALF TIME

In America, expect mini concerts, cheer-leading, marching bands and more.

In Britain, expect 46 year old Brian trying to hit the bar from the penalty spot for £50.

I know what I’m choosing.

SUPPORTER SEGREGATION

Generally, the Americans do not segregate supporters. Even in the greatest rivalries in American sport – Packers vs Bears, Celtic vs Yankees and so on, the supporters remain together and the banter does not cross the line. The support is fanatical, the love for their teams is incredible and the competitive nature is right up there. Alcohol is often restricted in stadiums or at times a lot lighter. It’s a wonderful culture and really adds to the whole experience.

In the UK, sports such as cricket and Rugby Union subscribe to the mixed supporters theory. These 2 old and famous British sports lead the way in fan behaviour whilst remaining fanatical about their team’s results. However, football (soccer) at all levels of the professional pyramid has the need to segregate the supporters. This is undoubtedly a required regulation, even with the no drinking of alcohol in the stands, given the decades of fan violence and hooliganism that still exists in today’s game. Football is showing no signs of following Rugby Union’s lead any time soon, and some would say quite right too!

WEAR YOUR JERSEY!

Something that I have noticed at my various sporting experiences across the US, almost EVERYONE wears their team’s jersey…what’s more, grown adults have their favourite player’s name on the back. This fad stops at the age of around 13 with us Brits. I think the sea of colours really adds to the atmosphere and excitement. Think Holland ‘soccer’ fans at a major championship – wonderful!

Here in Britain, some do wear their teams playing shirts to watch the games, but it is much less – perhaps the older you get, the more likely you are to wear plain clothes. To hammer home the issue of crowd problems in football, some ardent supporters will even deem it safer to wear neutral colours at away games.

SINGING

Thankfully, only rarely do Americans try this, but when they do, it’s hide behind your hands time. No offence to our American buddies, but we simply suggest you leave the singing and chanting to the Brits and stick to what you’re good at! If you don’t know what I mean, Google ‘Emerald City Supporters – Come on Seattle’. Say no more.

Singing for your teams is a staple diet of football fans up and down the country and you can often hear the dulcet tones of the terraces for a full 90 minutes. Rugby fans have a limited songbook that comes out less often but with grandeur when it does…think Gloucester Rugby. The slow and sedate nature of cricket is not conducive to exercising those vocal cords, however England Cricket’s Barmy Army have an endless repertoire of humorous and passionate songs for their heroes.

A SOCIAL EVENT

Americans seem to see the opportunity of game day to spend time with friends and family as much as watch their beloved team. As mentioned, the tailgating culture and length of the games ensure this is an all-day event. During the game, it is normal to wander off for 30 minutes to get food, drink or generally stretch your legs and have a chat.

Over here, across all sports, we tend to be stuck to our seats. In my experience, just before half time, there is a rush to the loo followed by a swiftly drunk pint before the race to get back for the start of the second half!

 

That’s it! When spectating across the pond, we advise one simple motto – EMBRACE IT!

Embrace the jersey wearing, embrace the tailgate party, embrace the socialising, embrace the opposing fans, embrace the half time entertainment and embrace the show that’s before you. We want to help you create those very special memories that stay with you forever.

The Finatics – The Miami Dolphins official fan group and tailgating heroes!

We make no secret of our obsession with Tailgating here at NFL Weekends. It is an American phenomenon and for us Brits, it is quite frankly all a little bit bizarre. So, hopefully we can teach you a little more about the sports watching culture over in the States in this short article.

James caught up with Dave Buchler of the ‘Finatics’, official fan group of the Miami Dolphins. Dave hosts the wonderful tailgate parties on game-day and NFL Weekends guests will be fortunate enough to experience Dave and his friend’s hospitality at the Hard Rock Stadium. We speak to Dave about his love affair with the Dolphins, his thoughts on British fans, the wonder of tailgating and much more. Thanks Dave and we can’t wait to see you again later this year!

‘’No matter how well or badly our team do then we always say ‘at least we have each other and our tailgate’…It is about friendship and comradery, making fantastic memories and a common love of our Miami Dolphins’’

Back in early March, we shared a coffee just off Miami Beach and discussed exciting plans to work together for the 2020 Season…..hmmmm, say no more! But anyway, where did it all start Dave? Tell us about becoming a Dolphins fan through to present day and leading the Finatics.

I started following the Dolphins aged 6 in 1972 just before the ‘72 perfect season, so they were sure easy to fall in love with! I grew up in Yonkers just north of NYC, and then moved to Florida for college and then on to South Florida after graduating. In fact I bought a Dolphins season ticket with my first pay cheque all those years ago! A group of us fans became friends and a website formed called E12.com (after our space in the parking lot) to arrange who brings what and to organise the tailgate. As time grew, a more appropriate name was required and in 1997, ‘The Finatics’ was born! Now we are the official fan club of the Miami Dolphins, have thousands of people who follow our website and social media and a very fun and inclusive tailgate at every home game.

Are you positive for a full stadium at the Hard Rock come the start of the 2021 season?

Yes for 2 reasons – Florida is a very liberal state in terms of the restrictions etc, and the powers that be are very keen for things to return to normal. Secondly, a lot of revenue would have been lost in ticket sales so there will be a need for extra revenue. Of course, all of this being possible pending a successful roll out of the vaccine.

How has it been this year, did you get to many games?

We only went to the Bengals game. It was dubbed as the Tua vs Burrow game but sadly Burrow went down injured and couldn’t play. The Dolphins have been widely celebrated across the NFL as leaders when it comes to the pandemic and how they dealt with it, the game was a great experience and we all felt very safe, and of course the Dolphins won fairly comfortably which is always nice!

It’s an exciting time to be a Dolphins fan as we both well know. I think we could clinch the Super Bowl within the next 3 seasons. Do you agree and are things looking rosy for the fins?

Well there are a lot of reasons to be excited and I can definitely say we will be in the playoffs next year. Firstly, we have a very young squad which can only be a good thing in terms of moving forward from a 10 & 6 year. We also have 4 draft picks in the top 50, including number 3 and 18 in the first round. We also have Tua – I personally am very positive about his first season and with a couple of tweaks he will be a star and our QB for the future. Finally but crucially, Coach Flores has the respect of the team, he has changed the image of the whole organisation and I now believe we will attract the best trades, free agencies and picks based on his presence – he is a truly fantastic person and coach.

From my experiences of tailgating, yours is smaller and slightly more family oriented – is that a fair assessment?

You can get all ends of the spectrum at a Miami game-day, just take a wander around and you will see all sorts within 100 yards – it’s very diverse but that makes it fantastic! Yes, ours specifically is very welcoming and friendly but not enormous, we like it that way.

What does tailgating mean to you?

No matter how well or badly our team do then we always say ‘at least we have each other and our tailgate’. That says it all to me. It is about friendship and comradery, making fantastic memories and a common love of our Miami Dolphins.

Talk us through game-day with the Finatics, from setting up first thing in the morning all the way through…

I actually begin loading the car on Saturday afternoon and like having it full by Saturday night, aside from the food. Gino designs the menu and is the main chef, he will also be preparing on Saturday afternoon. Us tailgaters take our food very seriously indeed! On gameday, we arrive at the stadium at 830am for a 30 minute set up, ensuring we are good to go by 9am. We break most of the tailgate down before going into the game, but we meet back up after the game for a de-brief for final celebration or commiseration. We are home and shattered by 6/7pm.

What’s your favourite away day?

We go to at least one away game a season so I have been to most stadiums. My favourite experience is up at the Green Bay Packers, they are a very hospitable bunch and the tailgate is so much fun, they live for football up there! The Dolphins and Packers don’t have much history or rivalry so the relationship is a good one. I also must mention London and meeting the British fans in the pubs etc, we loved Wembley and all the history too, it was a real privilege and we can’t wait to go again!

The Dolphins are the most popular team in the UK, say many sources. What do you make of the ever-increasing popularity of the NFL here across the pond?

We’ve been over 3 times and each time we go over it seems to be bigger and better than before. I have noticed a pick-up in mainland Europe too. I know there is a current drive here to really engage with the UK and I’m sure NFL Weekends can be a big part of that. We welcome you Brits with open arms!

What is your favourite ever Miami Dolphins game that you have been to?

Vs Patriots 2018 @ The Hard Rock – The Miami Miracle. It will be forever imprinted in my mind. Gronk was for some reason playing Defence and he just got done, the play started with 7 seconds left on the clock. It was so unexpected and dramatic…you just couldn’t write it!

Inside Access with Cole Horan of the Tennessee Titans

Here at NFL Weekends, we work directly and closely with all our suppliers, and the NFL Teams that we go to visit are no different.

James had the huge pleasure of speaking to Cole Horan of The Tennessee Titans – Cole is an Executive in the Group Sales Department at the Nissan Stadium. We talk to Cole about his career, what it is like to work within an NFL Franchise, the Titans, the city of Nashville and more.

”The away fans travel in their numbers here but it always remains a friendly rivalry that really adds to the whole experience”

Hey Cole, so how did you get to working for the Titans? Please tell us a bit about your career to date.

I went to college in Cleveland, Ohio and studied Sports Management, I then went to South Florida to work for the Miami Heat in the NBA and then onto the New Jersey Devils in the NHL for 2 years. But, the NFL has always been my goal and to have the opportunity to come down to Nashville and work for the Titans in a similar role was one I was never going to pass up.

Now, the dreaded Coronavirus – I don’t expect you to pull out a crystal ball, but what are your thoughts on Season 2021?

We are super positive and are planning for a full Nissan Stadium come September. There is a huge collective drive to get this vaccine circulated and given our season is 8 months away, this works enormously in our favour.

A day in the life of Cole Horan at the Titans?

We are lucky enough to be based in the Stadium itself and have some beautiful offices here, the day is a mix of business development and following up on leads. We work with schools, clubs, travel companies, individuals, corporate clients and so on – it’s a rewarding and varied job.

What’s your role on gameday?

I am liaising with the various groups that I have there for the game, ensuring they are happy and enjoying everything we have on offer here at The Nissan Stadium. Personally, it’s great as I get to see the game from lots of different places and meet so many different and interesting people. For an NFL fan, it’s pretty much a dream job!

It’s been a tight and thrilling season at the top end of the AFC South, what is your prediction for the Ravens @ Titans playoff?

31-28 to the Titans. We have a great chance this year, you can’t look very far past the Chiefs who are deserved favourites, but if they slip up then don’t bet against the Titans to swoop in for the Superbowl, you heard it here first!

Who do you most admire for the Titans right now and why?

Ryan Tanehill is a fantastic leader, AJ Brown is just so explosive and Kevin Byard locks down the back end so well and consistently…and that’s without even mentioning Derrick Henry!

Where outside of Nashville would you most like to go to next year? For example, I have never been a Bills game-day, and would love to spend a day with the Bills Mafia.

The new SoFi Stadium in LA looks absolutely epic, and it’s a mission of mine to experience a game there some day soon!

Do you have any tips on how to best enjoy an NFL Game-day at the Nissan Stadium?

A unique factor about our stadium is that it is downtown, so take The Pedestrian Bridge to or from the game from or onto Broadway and there is so much fun to be had. I advise on bar hopping before the game, I love Tootsies as does everyone, it’s an institution here. Jason Aldeans rooftop bar is a fantastic time too. Go steady though and don’t spoil the rest of your day!

As you know, ‘soccer’ as you know it is the national sport over here – do you follow the Premier League (I can’t bring myself to call it the EPL, sorry!). If so, who is your team?

Manchester City. I started watching them before the famous ‘Agueroooooooo’ moment in 2012 and have followed their successes since.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Are we speaking to the future Tennessee Titans or even Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager or CEO? (Cole hails from Pittsburgh originally).

Chief Revenue Officer at the Titans is my end goal, I have a 10 year plan and excited for the years ahead with this awesome franchise.

After Xavier Howard and Fitzmagic, Derrick Henry is my current favourite NFL star, he is a phenomenon! Have you met the great man?

Not yet! Hoping for next season when the restrictions are lifted, but we get some good access to the players, especially on training days so that is another real perk of the job here.

Finally, what kind of experience are our NFL Weekends guests in for on Titans gameday?

Your guests are in for a real treat! It’s a very fun time that will be action packed and like no other experience across the league. Like I said, ensure to spend plenty of time on Broadway getting that full taste of Nashville authenticity. Once more, you get to watch a top football team vying for the highest honours with some genuine superstars. Finally, due to the popularity of Nashville as a destination, the away fans travel in their numbers here but it always remains a friendly rivalry that really adds to the whole experience.

 

Thank you Cole for being such a great sport and giving a fascinating insight into day to day life at the Titans. Cole will be with us on game-days in 2021 and ensuring everything runs smoothly, and most importantly, you, the guest is having the best time possible at the Nissan Stadium, Nashville!

Choosing to look forward

As 2020 draws to a close, we don’t think you need to read what a tough year it’s been. We have all had it rough, some more so than others and our sincere thoughts remain with those who have lost loved ones over the last year.

So, let’s look forward to 2021, and we have 5 reasons to be cheerful below for you – it was tricky to keep it down to just 5. We hope that you are excited as we as are for things to come, and yes…we thought it best to get the elephant in the room out of the way first!

CORONAVIRUS

Like you I’m sure, we hope that the vaccine makes it way around the world population as safely and quickly as possible. Now, the NFL Schedule for the 2021 season is released in mid-April with the season commencing early September through until February 2022. We are extremely positive that normality will resume for the 2021 season. Picture the full tailgates, jam packed stadiums, busy bars and so on… Dare to Dream!

GETTING BACK TO THE THINGS WE LOVE

We’ve said all along here at NFL Weekends, we love travel and sport in equal measure. We love to experience new destinations just as much as the roar of the most passionate of crowds, we love dining at that gem of a restaurant for the first time as much as our tailgate hosts phenomenal BBQing skills. Over the last few months, we have been starved of sport and travel, all for the greater good may we add. Here at NFL Weekends, we are in the fortunate position to be able to offer both of these wonderful pleasures at the same time…so jump on board and enjoy the ride!

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Miami | Nashville | New York | Boston

Where will you choose? In 2021, we have 4 great destinations, all offering something different but all bursting with fun. We have all aspects of the trip in place from tailgate to tickets and from hotels to honky tonk bars! Plus, who knows, should we add more destinations…Sin City perhaps?

MONEY CAN’T BUY

Our friends at the teams are fantastic, they want to ensure you leave our trips with memories to last a lifetime and they want to show off what they’ve got. We can’t spoil the surprise exactly but trust us on this, the game-day experience is one not to be missed!

YOUR VERY OWN TOUR HOST

A unique feature of our trips is that we meet you at the airport and drop you back off. For everything in-between, your NFL Weekend representative will ensure your few days run smoothly and are everything you imagined, and more. We offer a personalised service from start to finish. Just get in touch and let’s create something special.

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