NFL fans around the USA are hoping the lockout will end before too long, but we at hipmunk are preparing for the worst so that we can minimize the agony of what could be a very boring fall without football.
In the event that there’s no NFL season to watch, we’ve got 4 alternative trips for you to make with your fellow diehards.
1. Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
This hipmunk has been twice for two separate inductions, but the museum is packed with history and is the most important part of the pilgrimage. Fly into Cleveland and grab a rental car for the drive to Canton.
2. Tailgate in front of the NFL Headquarters in NY, NY
Why not, right? Maybe you can even get into the lobby of 280 Park Avenue.
3. Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI
The frozen tundra of Lambeau Field was the first modern stadium built for an NFL franchise (opened in 1957) and is consistently regarded as one of the most storied and awesome stadiums (by Packers fans and non-Packers fans alike — except maybe Bears fans). They might even let you make a Lambeau Leap since they’re still giddy after their Super Bowl win (thanks for the reminder, Jason Klug).
4. Visit New Zealand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup
Rugby fans across the globe have long chided American Football fans for how comparably over-padded and slow-paced our beloved sport is compared to rugby. It turns out the 2011 Rugby World Cup will be running from September 9 to October 23 in New Zealand. You’ll be able to learn all the rules of rugby during the long flight.