Sports Getaways for Sept. 14-17

Updated: September 13, 2006, 3:42 PM ET
By Ron Berler | Special to ESPN Sports Travel

  MAIN EVENTS

Sun., Sept. 17

NFL: WASHINGTON AT DALLAS,
ASSOCIATED PRESS TEXAS STADIUM, Irving, Tex.

This is the NFL equivalent of Red Sox vs. Yankees. For added spice, there's the Cowboys' new wide receiver, T.O. Will he run downfield for TD passes? Or will his biggest run-in be with Cowboys coach Bill Parcells?

Web site: http://www.dallascowboys.com/

Tickets: Sold out. But there are tickets available through the Cowboys charity auction benefiting the Gene and Jerry Jones Foundation. http://www.dallascowboys.com/tickets.cfm

Do: Make it a Big D sports weekend. The Rangers play the Angels at Ameriquest Field (1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington) Thu.-Sun., Sept. 14-17, in a battle between wild card wannabes. Tickets:http://mlb.com And Southern Methodist hosts Sam Houston State at Gerald J. Ford Stadium (5801 Airline Rd.) Sat., Sept. 16. Tickets: http://smu.com

Stay: This is your lucky day. Orbitz is promoting specials at two downtown 3-star hotels. Rooms at the Dallas Plaza Hotel (1011 S. Akard St.) start at $45, and at the Bradford Homesuites-Downtown Dallas (2914 Harry Hines Blvd.) at $99.

Eat: The beef at Bob's Steak & Chop House (4300 Lemmon Ave.) attracts Dallas's most discerning steak aficionados-including Cowboys and Mavericks players. Try the prime "bone-in" Kansas City strip steak or the filet mignon. (Web site)

Sat., Sept. 16

NCAA FOOTBALL: MICHIGAN AT NOTRE DAME,
NOTRE DAME STADIUM, South Bend, Ind.

You owe it to yourself-once in your life-to visit the Golden Dome. For the Michigan game, think Woodstock gone football. QB Bradley Quinn has a chance to become the first Notre Dame player to throw for a career 10,000 yards.

Web site:http://und.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/nd-m-footbl-body.html

Tickets: Sold out. But it's no secret how to score tickets to a sold-out event.

Do: Visit the College Football Hall of Fame (111 S. Saint Joseph St.). You'll find artifacts such as Knute Rockne's sweatshirt and Red "The Galloping Ghost" Grange's jersey. Don't miss the Strategy Theater, where you can select plays from five historic games and match wits with the coaches who called them. Tickets: http://collegefootball.org/generalcost.php

Stay: Better hurry. Rooms are going fast-and they're expensive. Best bets: The ESA South Bend-Mishawaka (5303 N. Main St., Mishawaka), five miles northeast of South Bend, has rooms starting at $254. The StudioPlus South Bend (4715 N. Main St., Mishawaka), five miles northeast of South Bend, also has rooms from $254.

Eat: South Bend's best steakhouse is the LaSalle Grill (115 W. Colfax Ave.). Try the dry aged prime top sirloin. Afterward, repair to the cigar parlor. (Web site)

  UNDERCARD

Fri.-Sun., Sept. 15-17

MLB: BOSTON AT NEW YORK,
YANKEE STADIUM, Bronx, N.Y.

Yes, the division race appears over-as do Boston's chances at the postseason. But Red Sox-Yankees games are always theater-as you'll hear, should you venture into Yankee Stadium wearing a Red Sox cap.

Web site: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/index.jsp?c_id=nyy

Tickets: Sold out. Consult your friendly ticket broker.

Do: Make it a Boston vs. New York weekend. Sun., Sept. 17, the Jets host the Patriots at Giants Stadium (Road C, East Rutherford, N.J.). Tom Brady vs. Chad Pennington seems a mismatch, but when teams from these two cities play, you never know. Tickets: Sold out. Call a ticket broker.

Stay: How full is your wallet? One of the few bargains available is the Windsor Hotel (108 Forsyth St.) in lower Manhattan. Its rooms start at $210.

Eat: Take a cab to Peter Luger Steak House, in Brooklyn (178 Broadway, Brooklyn). The best steakhouse in the five boroughs, it features buttery-soft beef and a slew of celebrity fans. Web site Go for the prime porterhouse.

Sat., Sept. 16

BOXING: TRIPLEHEADER TITLE NIGHT,
MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO, Las Vegas

Talk about an all-night punchfest-see Marco Antonio Barrera fight Rocky Juarez for the WBC Super Featherweight championship, Jorge Rodrigo Barrios take on Joan Guzman for the WBO Super Featherweight championship and Israel Vazquez face Jhonny Gonzalez for the WBC Super Bantamweight title.

Web site: http://www.mgmgrand.com/

Tickets:http://www.mgmgrand.com/entertainment/grand-garden-arena.aspx

Do: You need to ask? You're in Vegas! If you need a sports fix, hit the sports books in any of the main hotels.

Stay: The best deals on the Strip are Excalibur (3850 Las Vegas Blvd. S.), where rooms start at $181, and the Tropicana Hotel and Casino Las Vegas (3801 Las Vegas Blvd. S.) with rooms from $231.

Eat: Vegas is a steakhouse town, and star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Prime Steakhouse (3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., in Bellagio Hotel) is the best. Web site Start with a martini, order the filet mignon or porterhouse and finish with a cigar.

  DEALS

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Various airlines are offering deals for last-minute travel packages to our nation's capital. Tickets are limited, so hurry: http://www.orbitz.com/App/ViewHotelMerchDeal?deal_id=hpp_eastcoast_082806&z=6a46&r=cy

Go to RFK Stadium (2400 S. Capitol St. SE), where the Nationals and Alfonso Soriano host the Brewers and Prince Fielder (Fri.-Sun., Sept. 15-17). Tickets:Tickets Between games, visit a Murderer's Row of attractions: Batting leadoff-the White House. Batting second-the U.S. Capitol. Batting third-the Smithsonian museums. Batting cleanup-the Lincoln Memorial. Batting fifth-the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Batting sixth-the Washington Monument. Batting seventh-the U.S. Supreme Court. Batting eighth-the Jefferson Memorial. Batting ninth-the U.S. Treasury.

PHILADELPHIA

Major U.S. airlines are offering similar last-minute travel packages to the City of Brotherly Love. Again, tickets are limited, so hurry: http://www.orbitz.com/App/ViewHotelMerchDeal?deal_id=hpp_eastcoast_082806&z=6a46&r=cy" target=

Head to Lincoln Financial Field (1 Lincoln Financial Way) to see the Eagles tackle their bitter rivals from the north, the New York Giants, in their home opener (Sun., Sept. 17). Tickets: Sold out. But a ticket broker can help.

  SCHEDULE WATCH

Fri., Sept. 14-Sun., Sept. 17
So many games, so little time. Travel to Los Angeles for a doubleheader: Visit Dodger Stadium (1000 Elysian Park Ave.) to see the Dodgers and Nomar Garciaparra battle Padres for the NL West division title (Fri.-Mon., Sept. 15-18). Tickets: (Thu.-Sun., Sept. 7-10, Tickets

Then head to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (3911 S. Figueroa St.) to see USC, ranked No. 3 in preseason polls, play top 25-ranked Nebraska (Sat., Sept. 16). Tickets: Sold out. But a ticket broker can surely help. Or head to Denver's Invesco Field (1701 Bryant St.), where the Broncos host the Chiefs in a key AFC match-up. (Sun., Sept. 17). Tickets: Sold out. A ticket broker can help. Or trek to Auburn, Alabama's, Jordan-Hare Stadium (2047 Eaves Memorial Coliseum, Auburn) to see the top ten-ranked Tigers take on top ten-ranked LSU (Sat. Sept. 16). Or fly to Eugene, Ore., to watch top 25-ranked Oregon take on Oklahoma, ranked No. 5 in preseason polls (Sat., Sept. 16), at Autzen Stadium (2727 Leo Harris Parkway). Tickets: Sold out. Consult a ticket broker.

  SPORTS PLUS

Thu.-Mon., Sept. 14-17

NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL MUSEUM, KANSAS CITY

Jackie Robinson was playing for the Kansas City Monarchs, managed by Buck O'Neil, when the Brooklyn Dodgers signed him in 1946 to break major league baseball's color barrier. What would be more fitting than on the 50th anniversary of his signing to visit the Kansas City, home of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum(1616 E. 18th St.). The museum tells the history of the Negro Leagues, through the stories of its players-from journeymen to superstars. Tickets Afterward, head to Kauffman Stadium (One Royal Way) to see the Royals host the Mariners and Ichiro (Thu.-Sun., Sept. 14-17). Tickets in a three-game series.

  INTERNATIONAL PICK

Sun., Sept. 17

SOCCER, MANCHESTER UNITED VS. ARSENAL,
OLD TRAFFORD STADIUM, Manchester, U.K.

Ronaldo! Catch him on his home field, Old Trafford Stadium (Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, U.K.), when his team, Manchester United-the world's best-hosts Arsenal (Sun., Sept. 17) in a Premiership match. Tickets). Warm up for the match with a round of golf at Royal Birkdale Golf Club (Waterloo Rd., Southport, U.K.), 42 miles west of Manchester. One of the world's finest courses, it has hosted two Ryder Cup tournaments, the Walker Cup and eight British Opens-with a ninth scheduled for 2008. Note: Visitors are not permitted Friday afternoons or Saturdays. Tee Time Greens Fee

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