It's harder than it sounds and we start with going to every game in style: Seaside Joe 1,586
I say just spend the remaining $900,000 on buying every drinking person of legal age as much alcohol as possible; just tell the people running the stadium here's 900k everyone drinks free all night... couldn't be any worse than Nickel Beer Night...
Edit: Ten Cent Beer Night, my bad.
"Thinking that Burroughs had been attacked, Texas manager Billy Martin and his players ran onto the field; some with bats. A large number of intoxicated fans—some armed with knives, chains, and clubs fashioned from portions of stadium seats that they had torn apart—surged onto the field, and others hurled bottles from the stands. Two hundred fans surrounded the 25 Rangers, with more fans coming."
Sound like fun. Maybe SSJ should set it up and sell it as a package so we can all finally meet each other in person.
This was one of my favorites ever! I don't play the lottery, but when I have bought a ticket in the past, I justified it by getting to enjoy the fantasy of what I'd do and who I could help for only a few dollars. I would have predicted this tour of all the games would have cost several times what it did! I just need an extra $100k a year and then I too can see every Seahawks game in style!
Bring your entourage! If someone was like, “hey, I have to spend $1M and go to every seahawks game” I’d be happy to do my friend a solid.
Box suite at every game + field passes, private jet, and penthouse at every hotel.
You could alway use a private jet service for transport to the away games, and that would significantly improve the top tier travel treatment. According to JetFinder.com:
The private jet rental cost can range from $2,000 to $15,000+ per flight hour, depending on the type of jet you hire. But besides that, there are more factors affecting the private jet charter cost:
Aircraft type, Journey Length, Concierge Services, Airport Fees, Crew Fees, Plane Fees, and
there will be additional costs for:
Ground transportation: If you’d like assistance with travel to and from the airport, then this can also be arranged. As with catering, almost anything can be achieved. Whether you’d like to be taken to the airport in a limousine or a Lamborghini this can be arranged. Luxury transportation to and from your accommodation will make sure you always arrive in style. If you’re making a round trip, depending on the airport, it’s also possible to arrange secure parking.
Onboard services: Most airplanes come with inflight entertainment services. However, if you’d like to use WiFi then this can be expensive while flying. In-flight entertainment can also have additional costs. Wi-Fi can cost from $3.00 to $8.5 per megabyte.
Cleaning and de-icing: All airplanes require cleaning after a flight. This is done by professional crews with huge attention to detail. Additionally, if you’re flying from a cold location your plane might require de-icing which can cost anywhere from $1000 to $10000.
Fuel surcharge: Fuel prices change regularly. While this isn’t as noticeable with a car, it can make a huge difference with a plane. Just a 10-cent increase in fuel price can mean a $5000 difference in pricing. The closer you book to your flight date, the smaller the included fuel surcharge will be.
I'm sure this would cost about another $100,000 just for the away games....
I assume a chunk of our remaining ~$900,000 will be going toward merchandise. How much will it cost us to attend training camp "like a boss"? Does the team or any individual players have charity events that would give us the opportunity to get pictures/autographs with them for the price of a generous donation? Do you think we could convince Matt Hasselbeck to watch a few games with us now that he's out of work?
Beyond season tickets on the 50, first class tickets, hotel suites and Michelin rated steakhouses, is a different world of stadium suites, private jets, unlisted penthouse, and private chefs. This world would very likely easily exceed the million dollar goal. It will be hard though to pin down the prices for this, however, because they are not generally advertised, and as they say if you have to ask you cannot afford it.
That being said, I don’t think you’d actually enjoy it. The world I just described is pretty lonely. The real fun of a year of the Seahawks is the people one would meet and the experiences you share with them. Traveling with your fellow fans on a pilgrimage to see your favorite team. Hanging out in the local bars. Tailgating before the game with old friends or new. Talking to the opposing fans - that’s the joy of a year of football. Truth is I expect you have a lot more fun for 100,000 maybe even 75,000 than a million, because a season spent immersed with average Seahawks fans from across the country that would be a season of a lifetime.
LHR to SEA, landing SEA on the Friday, departing on the Monday for Wk 1 currently around $740 Economy. Lets spend $1mil and bump that up to 1st Class, almost $6,900. That'll go up a chunk for Thanksgiving & Christmas time, so i'd say just to travel over to Seattle for the Home games will be in the region of $62,000-65,000. To travel to all the games lets double that and add some to cover some other cities being more expensive flights and go $140,000 for the 17 1st Class roundtrips from LHR to the US.
Now I need to get from the airport to my Hotel, my Hotel to the Game, and just around for extra sightseeing. Lets get a private chauffeur driven car at $400 per trip, making 136 trips (two trips per visit between hotel and airport, two trips per visit between hotel and game, and two sightseeing riders per visit) for about $55,000. So that's $195,000 on travel alone, round it up to $200,000 for other unforseen travel needs and generous tips.
I'll get a suite at the Four Seasons for the home games, $1,000 for three nights. Could find more expensive on a longer search but this will do as "home game" location for the comfort of regular visits, so over the season it'll top out $10,000 with variations and tips. I'll use your away game hotels for $36,000 and call it $46,000 on accomodation. Lets add $4,000 for tips and other unforseen acommodation needs. Brings the total so far to $250,000.
I'll be honest, i'll pass on a lot of the expensive meals you picked but i'll take the $9,000 food budget, double it so i can eat in Seattle, $18,000 - lets round it to $20,000. I'll keep your ticket numbers as well, for $24,000 and $15,000 (you could definitely bump this with some hospitality packages/suites). Brings my total up to $309,000.
The takeaway here - If I ever win the lottery i'm 100% doing this because damn it's way more affordable than I thought to be an international 'Hawks fan if you're a millionaire. Also, why wasn't item #1 the SSJ subscription?!
Add a few $100,000 bottles of wine on each trip.
The best part of this is that the LA and Arizona games you'll likely be surrounded by Seahawks fans because LA doesn't draw home fans and Arizona will be so putrid, no one locally will show up
I think you're too frugal! So, I went and as an exercise did this for the preseason game against Green Bay:
Tickets (Alaska, refundable, first class, nonstop): $4,535.60
I'm staying in the Eau de Vie suite at The American Club: $2,109 per night + taxes and fees and room service: around $5,000
A quick search gave me the Plae Bistro as the place to eat in Green Bay. It seems like a place that can get to $350/person if I'm prodigal (with $1M to spend, I am). So that's $700 for the game day dinner. But I also need to have 2 more lunches (let's say, $250 each) and a dinner ($400), so that's $1,600 for food.
That's close $12,000 for the away pre-season game, without transportation, tickets, or concessions. I didn't try to find the most expensive, just "luxurious enough" (but then chose the most expensive option, of course).
This is the kind of mental masturbation I sometimes devolve to. Didn’t think that it’s doable for $100Kish.
The suggestion for private jets jumps a person into FU money. Chefs kiss.
You mean to tell me you are attending all of the games IN PERSON and you are going to drink WATER at the game? And parking, or transportation to/from (gotta be a limo if you are going 1st class)--that's got to be another 15-20 grand, easy.
Plus, who is going to look after Clark? Better find a good pet sitter for those away games and pay them well.
But I think your estimates are a bit off.
I recently went to NYC with Mrs. Pereira for our 10th anniversary. We stayed at a good hotel, we went to good restaurants, we paid for good airplane seats. Not great, good. We didn't go to any event, just to the Met (of which we are members, so our entrance was already paid for). We took the subway everywhere, and we even took transit to and fro the airport.
Total bill, a bit more than 2 grand. This was a frugal trip (at least for an anniversary one). If you splurge, you can easily pay 10 times that on a trip to NY, even if it's for fewer days.
Something else to spend:
(53 players + 16 practice squadders) x 5 jersey types (college navy, white, wolf gray, action green, throwbacks) x $200 (jersey + tax and shipping) = $69,000
I think your restaurants can be more pricey. I'm pretty sure that Dallas, NY and LA will have meals reaching $1000 / person with a good wine.
Don't forget to add Seattle dinners, 9 trips to Canlis sure add up quickly.
I forgot to notice whether you included high-end dog-sitting for Clark. Also, if Seaside Jay (did I get that right?) enjoys stuff like that, there should be a shopping budget in each city visited. (If it were SWMBO, you'd be broke before the bye.)