Top 5 Places to Visit While in Town for Big Ten Super Saturday - Madison Square Darden

How's it going guys! It's Madison Square Darden and this is my second Sports Travel Guide of the year. This Top 5 list will give you suggestions of attractions to visit while you're in New York City for the Big Ten Super Saturday showcase. The Fighting Illini of Illinois will take on the Maryland Terrapins in men's college basketball while the Michigan Wolverines will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in men's hockey. The basketball game will begin at 12 pm while the hockey game will begin at 7 pm. The 4th annual doubleheader will take place on January 26, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

This list is in no particular order

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1. One World Observatory 

Positioned on top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, on levels 100, 101, and 102 of the 1,776 foot tall One World Trade Center building, One World Observatory provides unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters.

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2. Brooklyn Bridge 

The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed / suspension bridge in New York City. It connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge has a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m) and a height of 276.5 ft (84.3 m) above mean high water. It is one of the oldest roadway bridge in the United States and was the world's first steel-wire suspension bridge, as well as the first fixed crossing across the East River.

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3. Iron Bar

Just a few blocks from Times Square, the Iron Bar is a sports bar that offers a wide selections of burgers and beer. There are plenty of TVs where you can catch of the sport events of the day.  I'm also a little biased towards this bar because this is an Ohio State bar in New York. GO BUCKEYES! 

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4. Times Square

Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets.

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5. Rockefeller Center and the Today Show

Rockefeller Center is a large complex consisting of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st Streets, facing Fifth Avenue, in New York City. Commissioned by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan. Also, if you have the time and want to get an early start to the day, check out the Today Show and you may appear on TV.

I hope you enjoyed this Top 5 list. The more I do these lists, the more I realize that make a Top 10 list may be a little over ambitious. I'll keep experimenting for future lists. Stop by the shop and order your copy of IT'S GAME TIME FOLKS!: Quest for 30. Thanks for reading!

Top 5 Places to Visit While You're in Town for Super Bowl LIII - Madison Square Darden

How's it going guys! It's Mark and I hope everyone has had a great start to 2019. I realized over the past year that I didn't vlog or blog as much as I would have liked, but that will change this year. In addition to my new book (head to the shop to get a copy), I will create travel guides for sport events across the country. These travel guides will be informative as well as combine two things that I love, travel and sports. One other change that I'm going to do this year is start referring to myself as Madison Square Darden. It's fairly obvious the inspiration behind the nickname and I actually came up with the name about six years ago. I told myself that if I ever bought a house, I would have a man cave called Madison Square Darden. That is still a dream of mine, but for the time being, I'm going to use the name as way to promote my sports travel guides as well as my vlogs of sports events that I attend. 

For the first travel guide of the year, Madison Square Darden will give his Top 5 places to visit while you're in town for Super Bowl LIII. (I just realized that I referred to myself in the third person like The Rock.) This year, Super Bowl LIII will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on February 3, 2019. This list is in no particular order. 

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1. Super Bowl Experience 

The Super Bowl Experience is the NFL’s interactive theme park during Super Bowl Week. Taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center (Building B), you can participate with interactive games and exhibits, collect autographs from NFL players and Legends, take photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and so much more. This is a ticketed event and will take place from Saturday, January 26th - Saturday, February 2nd.

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2. College Football Hall of Fame 

Before the pros step on the field at the Super Bowl, check out the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. As of 2019, only 1,010 players and 219 coaches have the distinct honor of being enshrined in the Hall. It includes many interactive exhibits and memorabilia that invites fans of all ages to engage with their favorite college football team of Hall of Famer. My personal favorite exhibit of the Hall is the wall of helmets that has over 700 teams from the various conferences of college football.

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3. The Varsity 

“What’ll Ya Have?” The Varsity located on North Avenue in downtown Atlanta is the world’s largest drive-in restaurant that has been in business since 1928. Serving good food at a good price, the menu is fairly simple with hot dogs, burgers and the signature frosted orange milkshake. The Varsity has several locations and food trucks throughout the Atlanta area but I highly recommend visiting the North Avenue location. Be sure to come to Atlanta with an appetite because you’ll love the food at The Varsity

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4. World of Coca-Cola

Located near Olympic Centennial Park, the World of Coca-Cola is the only place in that your can explore the history of the most popular beverage brand in the world. It features thousands of artifacts highlighting the history of the company as well as interactive exhibits that the whole family can enjoy. My favorite exhibit is Taste It! where you can try different Coke brand products from destinations domestically as well as internationally.

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5. Super Bowl LIVE at Centennial Olympic Park

Super Bowl LIVE is the free-to-the-public fan village which will celebrated Atlanta’s strong culture for local and visitors alike. Curated by GRAMMY Award-Winning Producer Jermaine Dupri, Super Bowl LIVE will feature concerts and highlight Atlanta’s vibrant music scene as well as family-friendly activities that fans of all ages will enjoy. While you’re at Centennial Olympic Park, check out the Olympic Rings fountain that is usually synchronized to music.

I hope you enjoy my Top 5 list for Super Bowl LIII. Atlanta is one of my favorite cities to visit and I hope that you'll have good time as well. For future sports travel posts, I plan on having a Top 10 list instead of Top 5. Stay tuned for more sports travel posts as well as vlog from sport events that I attend throughout 2019. Also, stop by the shop and grab a copy of my first book, IT'S GAME TIME FOLKS!: Quest for 30. Thanks for reading!