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Score with One of These Football Experiences

Pat Tillman Memorial

Glendale, Arizona

Pat Tillman made a name for himself in Arizona as a college and professional football player during the late ’90s, eventually starting as a defender for the Arizona Cardinals. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, he turned down a multimillion-dollar contract extension to enlist in the U.S. Army and went on to serve tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tillman was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2004. Today, an eight-foot-tall bronze sculpture honoring Tillman and his courageous service stands outside University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Army vs. Navy

Various Locations

Travelers lucky enough to get tickets to the annual Army vs. Navy game might find themselves in the company of the president of the United States. Sitting presidents are known to attend this contest between the Army Black Knights of West Point and the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy, one of the most hotly contested rivalries in all of college sports. The location of the game varies — it’s in Philadelphia through 2020 — but each edition promises a lot of patriotic pregame pageantry, as cadets from both schools ceremonially march into the stadium before kickoff.

Big Game Tickets


If your group includes some big football fans, and perhaps some big spenders, you can plan a fun and memorable trip by packing a tour around attendance at a big game. The late fall and early winter bring plenty of options, such as important college bowl games and even the NFL’s Super Bowl, and there are numerous tour operators that specialize in acquiring in-demand tickets and hosting groups at these events. For a less-extravagant experience, many of these same operators can help get your group tickets to a regular-season game or even arrange a trip that follows your favorite local team to an away game.

Brian Jewell

Brian Jewell is the executive editor of The Group Travel Leader. In more than a decade of travel journalism he has visited 48 states and 25 foreign countries.