Football

IND Airport Welcomes College Football National Playoff Championship

Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is all spruced up to welcome nearly 100,000 visitors to town for the College Football National Playoff Championship. Festivities will be taking place all weekend leading up to the Jan. 10 championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

In addition to lots of fun signage and pop-up souvenir spots, IND will be hosting live music performances in Civic Plaza by Indy musicians from January 7 to 11 from 1 p.m. ‚Äď 4:30 p.m.

There’s also a photo opp site set up outside the Ground Transportation Center featuring a goalpost mural with 3D effects.

And the 22 For 22 poster show is on display in Civic Plaza through Jan. 11. The exhibit features poster art by 22 graphic artists and illustrators from Central Indiana and focuses on a theme of common football phrases.

Fans are invited to bid on framed 24×36 prints of their favorite designs through Sunday, January 9. Proceeds go to Teach Indy.

Here’s a sampling of the posters.

NY Jets football fans can sign up for TSA Precheck at home games

Football fans take note:¬† If you keep meaning to sign up for TSA Precheck but can’t make the time to go to the airport for the in-person interview part of the application, you now have the option of taking care of that task at NY Jets home games at MetLife Stadium.

An IdentoGO processing station will be set up between lots E and F outside of the MetLife gate during home games throughout the 2017 season.

More details here.

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Airlines have soccer & football fever

Football & soccer season is in full swing and airlines are offering football-themed contests and flight discounts.

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To celebrate the launch of Allegiant service to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) on Thursday, October 9. the airline is hosting a Best Dressed Bengals Fan Contest at the airport. The winner will get two round trip tickets on the first flight to FLL and a hotel stay at the Comfort Suites Airport & Cruise Port from October 10 ‚Äď October 13, 2014. Entry details here.

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Both Delta Air Line and Alaska Airlines are offering sports fans discounts on airfare to cities where away games are being played.

Delta Air Lines just announced up to 10 percent off fares to away games for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders (soccer). To get the discount, enter NMK7V in the “Meeting Event Code” field when booking on delta.com.

Alaska Airlines continues to offer early boarding to Seattle Seahawks fans wearing NFL quarterback Russell Wilson’s No. 3 jersey on flights departing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The airline is also offering a 10 percent discount on flights to certain away games. Details here.

Alaska Airlines give some Seahawks fans extra perk

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Alaska Airlines, Seattle’s hometown carrier, is charged up about the fact that the Seattle Seahawks are the reigning Super Bowl champions.

So charged up that the airline is offering early boarding privileges on its Seattle-departing flights to anyone wearing a No. 3 jersey – the number worn by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

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Photo courtesy Angela Wagner – and her brother, Jon

The promotion will continue through the team’s 2014 NFL football season.

The perk began being offered during the Seahawks’ playoff run last year.

“Then the Seahawks fever caught on and was out of control for both customers and our Seattle-Tacoma International Airport employees,” said Alaska Airlines Seattle customer service manager Michelle King. “We’re excited to extend the promotion again to support our hometown team.”

While fans will certainly be seen wearing the jerseys of other popular players, Alaska Airlines has a multiyear promotional partnership with the Seahawks’ star quarterback and last December named Russell Wilson the airline’s “Chief Football Officer,” featuring him in a series of cute commercials and dedicating a plane in his honor.

In addition to the early-boarding perk for jersey-wearing fans in Seattle, the airline is offering promotional fares – for everyone – for flights to away games in San Diego, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo. and Philadelphia.

(My story about Alaska Airlines giving early boarding perks to some Seattle Seahawks fans first appeared on USA TODAY in a slightly different form.)

Super Bowl XLIX? Phoenix Sky Harbor is ready

Super Bowl XLIX will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 – about six months from now – but Sky Harbor International Airport is already planning how it will welcome all the football fans that will be coming to town.

To remind everyone that the countdown is underway, the airport has installed two giant digital clocks in the baggage claim area of Terminal 4 to mark the days, hours and minutes until the big game.

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Courtesy Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

In the month surrounding the big game, Phoenix Sky Harbor expects to serve about 4 million passengers. Many will be attending the game, of course, but plenty of people will be coming to town to party in the 12 downtown city blocks that will be turned into Super Bowl Central for the four days leading up to the game.