Americans have long sought a new national pastime, one that can be played while holding a beer yet has more personality than the current pastime, Ball. Today’s Groupon achieves both requisites: for $15, you get one team entry to the Social Recreational Double’s Tournament (a $30 value) at the Pettit National Ice Center's Brew City Bags Bash on April 16 or April 17. This Groupon is valid for any doubles recreation or social tournament on these two dates.
An official U.S. Olympics training site, the Pettit National Ice Center hosts the American Cornhole Organization’s second annual packet-flinging extravaganza, the Brew City Bags Bash. After an hour of warming up your muscle-meat trebuchet and building partner bonds with trust-falls, you and your teammate finesse bags filled with corn-feed across 27-foot chasms, landing them inside 6-inch holes. The round-robin-style tournament is as social as it is fierce, teams facing off just once. The stakes rise as the top 32 teams advance to a double-elimination bracket and trade pellet-packed parabolas in pursuit of pride and prizes such as Brewers tickets, pizzas, and eternal life (eternal youth not included).
For extra challenges, visit GameZone and rack up a monstrous 7-bag score in the Seven21, or test the limits of your pitching power at the long toss ($5 for entry to either). Tired tossers can also refuel with pizza or refresh with a cold beer.
Pettit National Ice Center
One of 12 indoor 400-meter ovals in the world and the only sea-level oval in the United States accessible to athletes, the nonprofit Pettit National Ice Center has become an essential destination for speed skaters training for the 2014 Olympic Games. Practicing skaters join the ranks of Apolo Anton Ohno, Chad Hedrick, and Shani Davis, all of whom have competed or trained at Pettit, participated in the last five Winter Olympics, and beaten an avalanche into submission. With its 155,000-square-foot arena and 97,000 square feet of ice, the Olympic training site has hosted the 2005 U.S. National Short Track Championship and eight international speed-skating competitions.
In addition to Olympic-caliber sportspersons, Pettit accommodates nearly 400,000 annual visitors for public-skating sessions and lessons in skating, figure skating, and speed skating. Skating clubs, hockey leagues, curling, and wheelchair- and special-needs-skating classes commence on two 100'x200' rinks. Meanwhile, spectators and Olympic torches on their day off can sidestep the ice by contemplating infinity while resting in a lounge overlooking the arena, or jogging around the 443-meter track circling the ice oval.