New York Times – Oh, There’s a Game That Day?

Oh, There’s a Game That Day?

January 25, 2012


WHILE throngs of tailgaters chug Bud Light and devour Buffalo wings near the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and millions of other football fans gather in front of their TVs to watch the Super Bowl this year, in-the-know travelers will be sitting down to meals at some of the hardest-to-get-into restaurants in the country, skiing down empty slopes and zipping through Disney World without the usual lines.

If you’re willing to skip the game, set for Sunday, Feb. 5, here are areas where you aren’t likely to run into much competition.


The first week of February traditionally marks the beginning of prime golf season in snowbird retreats like Florida, California and Arizona. That means more players competing for tee times. Super Bowl morning is no exception, with tee sheets filling up with those trying to squeeze in 18 holes before kickoff.

Even the popular 18-hole championship course at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego is quiet that day. “Our golf rounds are down 50 percent on Super Bowl Sunday,” said John Gates, the hotel’s general manager.