updated 9/15/2008 11:14:29 AM ET 2008-09-15T15:14:29

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The deal
With the 2008 NFL season officially underway, football fans across the nation are rejoicing. There’s also another reason to cheer. Gridiron-friendly hotels are kicking off the 17-week competition with some highlights of their own — from tailgate goodies to tickets to specially priced rooms for game-bound guest. We found promotional packages in football cities coast to coast. Here’s a sampling from New Orleans, Jacksonville and Minneapolis. Nightly rates start at just $89. Who’s ready for some football?

New Orleans Marriott, $139 a night
If you’re headed to the Big Easy to support the Saints, check out the offer from JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans. The “Saints”ational package scores fans, er, guests 21 and older a game day snack pack cooler containing an six pack of locally brewed Abita Amber beer and breakfast for two, in addition to overnight accommodations. The offer is valid daily through December 29, while supplies last. Note promo code SPE when making reservations. With its central Canal Street location, the Marriott is within walking distance of the Superdome, around the corner from the French Quarter and minutes from the Garden District. Promo rates at the smoke-free, 487-room hotel start at $139 per night.

Jacksonville package from $289 a night
For all you Jaguar fans out there, the Omni Jacksonville Hotel has a tailgate-worthy package starting at $289 per night. The promo includes overnight accommodations, full American breakfast through room service or in the hotel’s bistro, two caps, a football amenity, chips, salsa and beer, and complimentary parking for one car. Steps away from the St. John’s River and the Jacksonville Landing — a hub of shops and restaurants, the hotel is located a mile from Jackson Municipal Stadium. The offer is available from September 14 to December 13, with only one package per room.

Vikings tickets plus lodging from $419
The Lower End Zone package from the Holiday Inn Minneapolis Metrodome is an all-in-one deal for Vikings fans. Starting at $419, the promo gets you one night in a deluxe room, two lower deck end zone tickets plus transportation to the game, breakfast for two and overnight parking at the hotel. Taxes are included in the deal, which is valid until December 31. Newly renovated rooms in the downtown hotel feature free high-speed Internet access. If you already have tickets and are just looking for a mid-range rate, check out the Crowne Plaza’s Vikings Special. Priced from $89 a night and up, the package includes accommodations, parking and two beverage coupons redeemable at the hotel bar.

The dollars
The offers are based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Tax is additional, except where noted above.

The catch
There are no guarantees in football.

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