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The NFL offseason is in full swing for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, and fans have turned their sights to 2015. But the great tradition of both of those historic franchises has continued to keep those championship teams and Hall of Fame players top of mind for Niners and Raiders fans. The 49ers can go 8-8 and miss the playoffs in 2014, but no one can ever take the championships away from Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. The same is true for the Raiders. Marcus Allen and Tim Brown will always be legends of the Silver and Black, regardless of how many losing season Raiders fans have to suffer through.
With that in mind, fans of these two franchises, as well as the World Series champion San Francisco Giants are in for a real treat with upcoming VIP experiences and meet-and-greets with luminaries and current Bay Area stars. IfOnly, a company that provides rare experiences benefiting worthy causes, has some incredible offerings on their site, with a strong Bay Area focus. Other companies may offer unique experiences, but no one does it with such strong local offerings that can only be found on IfOnly.
Below is a breakdown of some of the experiences, meet-and-greets, and other great offerings available to Bay Area sports fans and residents:
San Francisco 49ers
IfOnly has an entire 49ers shop including items from Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, and Frank Gore ranging from signed jerseys and balls to personalized audio or video messages. The most exceptional experience might be the private workout at “The Hill” with Jerry Rice, a private quarterback camp with Joe Montana, or a private dinner with Frank Gore, or with Ronnie Lott at Michael Mina’s restaurant in San Francisco.
49ers fans aren’t the only ones who can have an unforgettable experience with a legend. You can play 18 holes with Raiders legend Marcus Allen at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, or even personalized audio or video messages from him. You can also get a round of golf in with possible 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Tim Brown at his favorite course in Dallas. Newer Raiders Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley can personalize and hand-sign a 20×24 photograph, with proceeds benefiting their foundations.
San Francisco Giants
AT&T Park, home of the winner of three of the past five World Series titles, can be your home for a group batting practice experience in 2015. Not only do you get to take batting practice on the AT&T Park field – and see if you can splash one in McCovey Cove – but you will also be greeted by a former Giants player, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark with a buffet lunch, and go home with a new Giants ball cap. This experience is for a group of up to 75 people, so it could be great for a corporate experience, or even a reunion or multiple-family collaboration event.
One of the many benefits of living in the Bay Area is the abundance of top musicians who make tour stops in our cities. Along with very unique signed memorabilia, IfOnly provides opportunities to meet some of the world’s greatest musicians in local Bay Area venues. If you prefer listening to more of the classics, you can experience a Neil Diamond concert in front row tickets at the SAP Center while receiving VIP hospitality and a signed copy of his latest album. Others may prefer a more pop scene, where they can meet one of the hottest pop stars in the world, Meghan Trainor, when she rocks The Fillmore in San Francisco for only $400 a person.
Food and Wine Events in the Bay Area
Sports and music fans aren’t the only people who can benefit from what IfOnly has to offer. Foodies can have an unforgettable adventure – and dining experience – with legendary chefs such as Alice Waters, Michael Mina, and Gary Danko, among many others. A supper-in-the-kitchen event, or chef-for-a-day apprenticeship are two of the great experiences available at Chez Panisse, or you can just meet up directly with Alice Waters at a local farmer’s market. Or maybe you’d like a restaurant come to you. Particularly chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of the most sought after restaurant in the country, State Bird Provisions, who will cater your next in-home event for only $300 a person. Something as simple as a signed cookbook also allows you to “get a piece” of that luminary, and can provide its own memorable experience.
Napa is also a big focus of IfOnly, and private tastings and meetings with winemakers at the finest wineries are at your fingertips. Even unique artwork or one-of-a-kind bottles of wine are available through the Napa section of the site.
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