what to do in a city after you've gone to that hockey , football , baseball , and basketball game .
sportsdiva64https://sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.comBlogger, former freelance sports writer and airline employee of Delta and Malaysia Airlines. Have lived in New York City , Dayton, Ohio , Los Angeles , Boston, and Las Vegas. Have traveled to Canada, Malaysia , England , Singapore , Australia and most of the USA . Love sports, especially New York Yankees, Boston Celtics , New York Rangers, and New England Patriots . Boston is my favorite city, will always consider it to be my home.
It’s located at Austin Bergstrom Airport in Austin, Texas and since I had three hours to kill before my American Airlines flight left for JFK, I decided to check this place out.
While waiting, I saw a lot of people eating pizza.
Now being from New York City, sorry, I grew up eating pizza almost each and every day and I am NOT ashamed to say that I am a pizza snob.
Although Chicago Deep Dish pizza is a very close second to New York style pizza in my book.
Anyway, the next place that I saw that seemed to be popular was a place called TACODELI.
They have been in business since 1999 and have branches in Dallas, Plano, Houston and Austin, Texas.
I figured this place had to be good because it was crowded and I’m a sucker for Tex- Mex food and nothing says good Tex-Mex food than being in the capital of Texas.
Like a lot of places, you place your order electronically and then pick it up at the counter.
TACODELI not only has tacos, salads, but also Enchiladas, which I was going to get but the Carne Asada Salad loaded with avocado, sour cream, Pico de Gallo, not to mention lettuce and cheese, was calling out my name, and with a Mexican Coke, which is made with Cane Sugar just hit the spot.
Most food at the airport are expensive.
This wasn’t, less than $20 and it was a lot of food as you can see from my picture.
I don’t know when I will be going back to Austin again, let alone Texas, but you’d better believe that the Sports Diva will be doing some research to find out what gate or terminal TACODELI is located whenever I’m in Dallas, Austin or Houston.
One of the reasons I went to do a 30 Plus Teams Tour in Las Vegas was because the local NHL team, the Vegas Golden Knights was playing in the semifinals against the Montreal Canadiens.
Now they didn’t win the game but it gave me a chance to get together with some of my fellow hockey people from Las Vegas, who I hadn’t seen since March 2020 when we were all together for yes, another hockey game in Las Vegas.
Hey, the Sports Diva doesn’t play around when it comes to her sports watching and getting together with other sports loving peeps.
Now even though my “seat” was standing room and it was the hockey semifinals, it cost $75, which seems like a lot, but trust me, in New York City, at Madison Square Garden, we’d LOVE to pay only $75 for standing room, let alone a seat.
It was hard to say goodbye to my fellow Sports Divas, but thank God for social media, where we can keep the memories going of acting the fool in Las Vegas, and that’s a good thing.
The last time I stayed in this hotel which is between the Luxor and New York New York Casino was in March 2020 right before you know who came.
I decided to stay here again for my 2021 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas.
Now I didn’t get that great rate that I got at Bally’s, but since Excalibur is part of the MGM Properties, as a member of the MLife Players Club, I was able to get a good rate for my stay, which was Wednesday June 23 until Friday morning, June 25.
(Yeah, the Sports Diva plays the slots a lot in Vegas and Atlantic City, which also has MGM and Caesars Properties, don’t judge me!)
I had requested a room in the older, Resort Room section of the hotel.
When I arrived, I did what a lot of people do when they come to Vegas.
I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades on rooms.
All they could say was no, right?
The front desk clerk said she would check and five minutes later, I was moved to one of the newer rooms in the Royal Tower, all the way on the 24th floor, with double beds.
I had a nice view of not only Mandalay Bay and Luxor Hotel Casinos, but Las Vegas McCarran Airport, where I could watch the planes take off and land, and a partial view of Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders.
Being the Sports Diva, you know I was happy to see something sports related.
This was a 30 Plus Teams Tour anyway, right?
The bed was nice and comfy.
My only complaint was unlike my stay at Bally’s a few nights before, there was no refrigerator in the room.
You just know another 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas is going to come, God willing.
If I can get a good or even a great rate, I’ll be making another visit to Excalibur.
Usually when I come to Las Vegas for a 30 Plus Teams Tour, I stay downtown at either Four Queens or the Las Vegas Hostel for a few days then I go to another hotel, more often than not, Excalibur.
This trip was different.
I stayed on the Las Vegas Strip, right in the center of things at Bally’s Hotel and Casino, which is connected to the Paris Hotel and not far from the Flamingo, Linq, Planet Hollywood, Bellagio and Caesars Palace.
To say that it was located in the center of everything would be an understatement.
This was my first time staying at Bally’s and as a member of Ceasar’s Rewards, I got a not good, but great room deal for the three days that I stayed there.
(You can’t beat $10 a night really. That’s how much I paid and had a double room, not a king sized bed like I had requested.)
My cousin and I were in the middle of everything and we pretty much walked every where, including to T Mobile Arena to see a Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup playoff game(which they lost but more about that in another post.)
Even though Vegas is somewhat open, some places require you to wear a mask.
However, while at the pool, one wasn’t required.
The pool at Bally’s was nice and not too crowded, which was great because the temperature was 105 degrees and the water felt oh so nice.
Because I got in so late, I didn’t have to wait to check into my room, which was on the 8th floor.
I had a very nice view, or at least I thought I did.
Good rate, bad rate, or great rate, I think Bally’s is going to be added to the list of hotels that I’m going to stay at when I come to Las Vegas