Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
- Thursday Jan. 22nd, before the game, a pizza party with local Stanford alums;
- Later on thursday, sitting together in a block of seats in Mac Court;
- Friday Jan 23rd, a "happy hour" get-together in Eugene;
- Followed by a group dinner at a restaurant in Eugene;
- Followed by a fireside chat with Amy back at the Valley River Inn;
- Saturday Jan 24th, a group dinner in Corvallis before the OSU game;
- After which, sitting together for the OSU game.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I am once again this year charged with organizing some FBC group activities for the trip to Oregon. I have not yet ordered game tickets or begun to organize group dinners, happy hours, etc., but I need to gather information now. I haven't decided for sure whether to do up front purchase of blocs of tickets this year; the results last year were problematic. But I'd like to assess interest and then decide how to proceed.
As noted on the Travel page, the games in Oregon this coming year will be:
- Oregon Thursday 1/22, 7 pm in Eugene
- Oregon State Saturday 1/24, 7 pm in Corvallis
I need to know:
- Will you be making the Oregon trip this year? If so: how many tickets (seats) would you want to order for the Oregon game, Thursday 1/22 (If I decide to buy them in advance)?
- How many tickets (seats) would you want to order for the Oregon State game, Saturday 1/24?
- Are you interested in attending a happy hour in Eugene on Friday 1/23? (how many of you)
- Are you interested in attending a group dinner in Eugene on Friday 1/23? (how many of you)
- Are you interested in attending a fireside chat with one of the coaches on Friday 1/23? (how many of you)
- Are you interested in attending a group dinner in Corvallis on Saturday 1/24? (how many of you)
Once I get a preliminary idea via your responses, I may order a bloc of tickets for each game, and begin organizing dinners, fireside chat, etc.
If we do a group dinner in Coravallis, I will try to find an alternative to last year's choice (suggestions welcome). I would likely use the same restaurant in Eugene as last year, unless there are strong objections and someone has an alternative that they know is wonderful.
To reply to Don's questions, just email Travel@StanfordFBC.org.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Going to Hawaii?
The FBC Travel Committee would like to get a count of the fans who are going to the tournament in Hawaii, and especially a count of those who are interested in joining the Thanksgiving dinner with the teams at the team hotel on Thanksgiving day.
If you are going to Hawaii please email Travel@StanfordFBC.org and mention whether you are interested in the dinner. We will use your return address to notify you of times, costs, and any group plans.
Going to Duke? Tennessee?
We need a count of those who are definitely planning to make the East Coast swing through Duke, South Carolina and Tennessee. The reason is tickets: for both Duke and Tennessee it is best to order seats in advance. If there is enough interest we can organize a block buy.
If you are going to one or more of the games at Duke, South Carolina or Tennessee, please email Travel@StanfordFBC.org and let us know your plans. We will use your return address to notify you of times, costs, and any group plans.
Friday, October 31, 2008
In case there are FBCers still undecided about going to the Hawai'i tournament, I just discovered that the price for the flights on Hawaiian Airlines from Oakland to Hawaii are now $200 (11/26 & 11/28) up to $265 each way on specific dates. To get the $200 price on the return flight, one would have to stay until Friday 12/5, but there are other flights for $265 and $255 on Wednesday 12/3 and Thursday 12/4 respectively.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
- Researching the most convenient or economical air schedules and
- Researching things to do on off-days - for posting on the Travel Page;
- For busy venues, researching ticket prices, and web links or phone numbers for purchasing;
- Answering occasional email queries about the trip;
- Keeping an email list of people planning to go and letting them know your cell#;
- Getting in touch with Amy to schedule a pre- or post-game talk when possible.
- Sunday 11/16, Baylor in Waco TX
- 11/28-30, tournament in Honolulu
- 12/16-21, Duke, S.Carolina & Tennessee (Dave Cortesi)
- 1/2-4, ASU and AU
- 1/18, Cal bus trip
- 1/22-24, UO & OSU (Don Anderson)
- 2/6-8, WSU & UW (Peter Elderon)
- 2/27-3/1, UCLA & USC
- 3/12-15 , PAC-10 tourney in L.A.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I've made my reservations for the 3-game trip in December. The return date is in Christmas week, but so far seat availability is ok although I expect it will start shrinking soon and that fares may consequently rise. I found the best options from SFO are on American, Delta and Northwest. United/US Air also serves the area, but fares were in the $1,200-$2,000 range. The other airlines were in the $450-$700 range. I chose American through DFW, flying into RDU and returning from TYS.When we have some kind of head-count for the Tennessee game we can purchase a block of tickets.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
- Tuesday 12/16, 7:30pm at Duke
- Friday 12/19 at University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, SC
- Sunday 12/21, 7pm at Tennessee in Knoxville
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Team Send-off Thursday 4/4Come to the courtyard between Maples and Arrillaga at 10:45am to bid the team bon voyage.
“Official” Fan SiteThe NCAA has designated “official” fan gathering places in Tampa. The gathering place for fans who attended the Spokane Regional is Tinatapa's at 615 Channelside Drive, just a few blocks from the arena, St. Pete Times Forum. (Restaurant's official site with annoying flash intro; Tampa Bay Online Restaurant Review) If you'd prefer to gather with fans from the other three regional sites, they are all located at the same address, 615 Channelside Drive: Stump's Supper Club, Howl at the Moon (same web site as Stump's), and Splitsville Lanes which has billiards and bowling.
Team HotelThe team is staying at the Westin Harbour Island (725 South Harbour Island Blvd, about 1/2 mile from the Forum and Tinatapa's). It's booked up, forget it.
NCAA ActivitiesThe official NCAA Fan Guide to the Final Four is here. This is full of great info including many activities around the games.
Shootaround With Beth & DebbieThe Women's Basketball Coaching Association (WBCA) sponsors a weekly podcast, “Shootaround with Beth (Mowins) & Debbie (Antonelli)”. They will be recording an episode live on Friday 4/4 at 10pm in the Tampa Marriott Waterside's Grand Ballroom foyer (2nd floor). This is open to the public; there will be special guests, giveaways, and cash bars available.
Kay Yow 4K RunOn Saturday 4/5 at 8am there will be a 4Kay (“for Kay”) run honoring Kay Yow and other woman battling breast cancer. Time schedule and registration are here.
Open Practice and Autograph SessionsOpen practice periods will be held at the St. Pete Times Forum between 11am and 4:15pm on Saturday 4/5. No charge for entry. It is not known which team is in which time slot. Autograph sessions should be available after a team has practiced; stop by the forum that morning and check.
WBCA High School All-American GameThe high school All-Americans, whose roster includes our own Nneka Ogwumike, play at the University of South Florida Sun Dome at 4:30pm Saturday 4/5. Some information and a link to purchase tickets ($15) here. (Besides Nneka, our Sarah Boothe is on the honorable mention list, but was not invited to play in this game.)
Forum on Women in College SportsThe NCAA is sponsoring a day-long forum on women in sports, with presentations on such topics as "Barriers to Women in Intercollegiate Athletics," "Portrayal of Female Athletes in the Media," and a keynote address by Sheila Johnson, President of the Washington Mystics. This will take place on Sunday 4/6. This link is for free registration.
Pregame Rally and ReceptionStanford University Athletic Department is sponsoring a pregame event for all Cardinal fans starting at 4pm on Sunday 4/6. This is at the team hotel, the Westin Harbour Island, in the Harbour Island Ballroom. Appetizers and no-host bar provided. At 4:45 we will move outside to send the team off with the help of the band. Then the party continues until 6pm. (The first game, ours, begins at 7pm a short distance away from the hotel.) If you want to enter the ballroom and nosh on the appetizers, please RSVP to Lisa Ortiz, lortiz @ stanford.edu (anyone's welcome outside with the band).
Rally TuesdayAssuming Stanford advances Sunday, we will have a pre-game party Tuesday, 4/8 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Tinatapa's (RSVP this one as well).
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
- Pittsburgh: 1-800-643-7488
- Vanderbilt: 1-877-44-VANDY (1-877-448-2639)
- Maryland's web site
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Dave CortesiOn our latest AZ trip we were, if not exactly burned by Thrifty Car Rentals, at least lightly singed by them. We'd used Travelocity months ahead to reserve a "premium" car at a very reasonable $35/day. But when we returned the car the rate had somehow ... swollen ... into a bottom line of $424 for four days. I'm going to break this down and then suggest how to avoid some of it. (And, please don't be shy about adding your comments at the end!)
Here's the bill, slightly expanded from the indecipherable abbreviations of the computer printout, based on the explanation from the nice young man at the counter (large blank space courtesy of Blogger)
|Rental fee $35/day times 4||$140.00|
|Loss Damage Waiver $19.99/day||79.96|
|Customer Facility Charge $4.50/day||18.00|
|"Tripsaver" at $4.99/day||19.96|
|State car rental tax||36.84|
|State tax 5%||17.39|
|County Stadium Tax (3.25%)||11.62|
|"CONCRECFEE" aka "CONCFEERECOV"||32.98|