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Tailgates, Tickets and Touchdowns – Courtyard Assures Epic Season for Guests and Football Fans


BETHESDA, MD - Embracing its third year as the official hotel of the National Football League (NFL) Courtyard by Marriott gives fans of the favorite all-American sport plenty to cheer about. As excitement gathers in anticipation of that first game, Courtyard guests will encounter pleasant surprises throughout the season as they check in.

“It’s all about making a difference for our guests and creating a memorable experience,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president, modern essentials and extended stay brands, Marriott International. “Our associates are excited, our lobbies are full of energy and football fans have a place to gather and cheer while scoring some awesome prizes.”

To kick off the season, Courtyard is teaming up with PepsiCo for an exciting promotion. Guests checking into more than 850 Courtyard hotels across the country on September 5 will receive a special Pepsi Kickoff pack that includes Pepsi NEXT® and Tostitos® brand tortilla chips and dip that they can enjoy while rooting for their favorite team.

Football fans on the road during the week are in for a treat. Every Thursday, guests can enjoy Courtyard’s football night in the lobby with great trivia and game-day specials such as the Bistro’s Buffalo Chicken Flatbread with Tostitos® Crunch*. In addition, guests checking in on weekday game nights ** will receive an instant win scratch off card that include thousands of prizes such as Wilson® Pee Wee Footballs, Madden NFL 25 video games, Pepsi® Tailgate Chairs, gift cards and more.

Continuing with the success of last year’s exciting tailgate series, guests staying at one of seven Courtyards this season will be treated to VIP invite-only events that feature meet and greets with local NFL greats, raffles and an endless supply of tailgate food and drinks. In addition, each event (except for Houston) will feature a grand prize drawing that gets a lucky winner tickets to that night’s actual game. The Courtyard tailgate locations for the 2013 season are:

• 9/12/13 – Courtyard Boston Foxborough/Mansfield, MA
• 9/19/13 – Courtyard Mt. Laurel, NJ
• 10/10/13 – Courtyard Chicago Downtown/River North , IL
• 10/17/13 – Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River, AZ
• 11/7/13 – Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown, MN
• 11/14/13 – Courtyard Nashville Downtown, TN
• 12/5/13 – Courtyard Houston Medical Center, TX

To extend the excitement beyond in-house guests, Courtyard is spreading the NFL love to social media fans with its Courtyard’s Greatness on the Road® Sweepstakes. The Facebook sweepstakes will run from August 22, 2013 to February 2, 2014 featuring more than 500 weekly and monthly prizes. The ultimate grand prize will be trips to all the winner’s favorite NFL team’s 2014 regular season road games, including tickets, airfare, transportation, hotel accommodations and more. Enter at

Football fans can also elevate their hotel experience with Courtyard’s NFL MVP Combo package. Guests booking this exclusive weekend package will receive a $20Visa gift card, a snack pack that includes Pepsi®, Bud Light® and Frito-Lay® products as well as a late checkout when available. Payment must be made with a Visa card and reservations require a minimum stay of one night with a Friday or Saturday included. The package is available starting September 12, 2013 – February 2, 2014. To book visit

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 900 locations in 38 countries, Courtyard by Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information go to or visit us at

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*Activities and food offerings on Thursday nights vary by location
**Weekday game nights include Monday and/or Thursday


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