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The Game: Michigan vs. Ohio State in Ann Arbor

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Michigan will host Ohio State on November 30, 2013 in the biggest rivalry in sports. Join Michigan fans heading back to Ann Arbor for this pivotal game!

Instead of scouring for marked up tickets on StubHub, apart from all of your friends, let SPW take care of all of the details for you!


The experience includes:

  • Game ticket for Michigan vs. Ohio State on November 30, 2013
  • Two-night hotel stay at the Fairfield Inn Ann Arbor, November 29-December 1, 2013
    • Free breakfast and WiFi
  • Roundtrip “The Ride” transportation to Michigan Stadium
  • Limited edition SPW t-shirt made specifically for this weekend
  • Discount code for 20% off purchases at the MGoBlog Store
  • All taxes and fees

To reserve for as low as $450, click “Buy Now” below:

Single ($880) Double ($585 per person) Triple ($495 per person) Quad ($450 per person)


For additional information, contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

Ohio State at Cal Weekend in the Bay Area

Friday, March 22nd, 2013


Join Ohio State fans on the road for the marquee out of conference game on the 2013 slate, as the Buckeyes travel to the Bay Area take on the Cal Bears on September 14, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.

With a stay in a hotel well situated for travel to all points in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland, this promises to be an incredible weekend for traveling Ohio State fans on a beautiful September weekend!


The experience includes:

  • Game ticket for Ohio State at Cal on September 14, 2013 in Ohio State sections W, Row 22
  • Two or three-night hotel stay at the Sheraton Four Points San Francisco Bay Bridge in Emeryville, September 12-15, 2013 (two beds)
    • On the Berkeley side of the San Francisco Bay; convenient for downtown San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland
  • Friday night Buckeye Gathering at Pedro’s Cantina with local Ohio State alumni club
  • Restaurant, bar and local suggestions
  • All taxes and fees

To reserve a three-night stay (September 12-15, 2013) for as low as $400, click “Buy Now” below:

Single ($1,075) Double ($625 per person) Triple ($475 per person) Quad ($400 per person)


To reserve a two-night stay (September 13-15, 2013) for as low as $325, click “Buy Now” below:

Single ($775) Double ($475 per person) Triple ($375 per person) Quad ($325 per person)


For additional information, contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

2013 US Open Golf Weekend Package (Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, PA; June 15-16)

Monday, October 15th, 2012

The U.S. Open Championship returns to Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., for the first time since 1981. Due to space constraints, only 25,000 spectator tickets will be sold, which is significantly fewer tickets than a typical U.S. Open. With Sports Power Weekends, you can reserve your tickets and hotel today!

For an incredible golf experience in the greater Philadelphia area, check out our 2013 U.S. Open Championship package below:

  • Two (2) tickets to Saturday and Sunday (final weekend rounds) at Merion Golf Club for the 2013 U.S. Open Championship
  • Access to the Trophy Club, a live air conditioned pavilion just off the 18th hole. Features private bathrooms and concessions.
  • Two-night stay at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (Friday-Sunday stay)
  • Two (2) Sports Power Weekends-branded umbrellas
  • All taxes and fees

Cost: $799 per person

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To purchase your room, please contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

Nebraska Fan Package at Ohio State

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Nebraska football is well known for its rabid fanbase and their love of following their team on the road. With the Huskers making their first trip to Columbus to take on Ohio State since becoming Big Ten members, you can be sure fans will travel en masse to The Horseshoe.

Sports Power Weekends is making away game travel easy for Nebraska fans with our new hotel + official Nebraska alumni tailgate packages for the Saturday, October 6 game (7 PM ET) at Ohio State.

The Details

Packages include:

  • Two night stay at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott OSU (Friday, October 5 to Sunday, October 7)
  • Shuttle transportation from the hotel to the stadium until three hours prior to game time
  • Official Husker Huddle Alumni Association Tailgate Party (starting at 4 PM ET at the Recreation and Physical Activity Center, 337 W. 17th Ave.
    • Husker Sports Network’s live pre-game broadcast
    • Appearances by NU Athletic Director Tom Osborne, university and athletic department VIPs, the NU Spirit Squad and Pep Band, former Husker football players and more
    • Jumbo video screen featuring some of the day’s best college football games
    • Tex Mex unlimited buffet including:  slow roasted beef brisket, grilled chicken with chipotle BBQ, Sweet and Tangy BBQ’d Baby Back Ribs, Three Alarm Chili, Jalapeno Potato salad, Dirty Cole Slaw, Texas toast, house baked cookies, brownies, buckeyes, and beverages
    • Cash bar available
    • Husker Giveaways
  • All taxes and fees

Reservation Details

Packages are now available for Nebraska fans starting as low as $225 per person (for a group of four). Click on “Buy Now” below to reserve!

Single ($570 per person) Double ($350 per person) Triple ($265 per person) Quad ($225 per person)

For the best prices on tickets, check out the inventory on SeatGeek!

For additional information or to reserve your spot over the phone, please contact Jared Cooper at or (646) 397-5350.

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

Kentucky Derby Packages (May 3-6, 2012)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Sports Power Weekends is proud to offer packages in Churchill Downs® for the Kentucky Derby® and the Kentucky Oaks® in Louisville, Kentucky in 2012.

We will provide an unforgettable experience for you and your guests including in-track hospitality and VIP access at this historic event.

Official 2012 Kentucky Derby Packages (click here for PDF of detailed offerings)

Official Package Inclusions:

  • Block Seating Options for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks
  • Exclusive In-Track Hospitality Venues
  • VIP Access
  • Celebrity Meet & Greets
  • World Class Accommodations at Louisville’s most Luxurious Locations
  • Official Kentucky Derby® 138 Gift Bags, and more!

Official Package Benefits:

  • “Official” packages means peace of mind that you’ll get what you need with no risk of broker and scalper integrity.
  • Exclusive In-Track hospitality gives you race day gourmet food, beverage and terrific experience between races.
  • Knowledgeable Sales Executives that have been to the facility, toured the hotels. Real consultation.
  • Ease of use – your tickets, hospitality, and souvenir are packaged and ready to go in one phone call or web visit.
  • Fixed pricing – no “playing the market” and risk of getting priced out.
  • Packages delivered weeks in advance of the event.

Contact Sports Power Weekends by calling Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or via email at

Steiner Sports & Sports Power Weekends, Inc. Partner on Travel Experiences for Fans

Friday, June 17th, 2011



CONTACT: Noah Liiv,

Phone: (917) 307-1064

Jared Cooper,

Phone: (516) 643-8800

Steiner Sports & Sports Power Weekends, Inc. Partner on Travel Experiences for Fans

Steiner Sports and Sports Power Weekends, Inc. will collaborate to create weekend experiences for sports fans centered around Steiner Sports’ team partnerships, both companies announced today.  The “Steiner Sports Power Weekends” packages will include game tickets, game-used memorabilia, hotel accommodations, and travel itineraries.  Sports Power Weekends, Inc. is the first travel company to team with Steiner Sports on weekend experiences since the company’s inception in 1987.

Steiner Sports has been a leader in sports memorabilia and sports marketing for over two decades.  Originally focused on procuring athletes for endorsements and speaking engagements, the company has evolved into the world’s foremost provider of authenticated, hand-signed and game-used sports collectibles.  The company has official partnerships with professional and collegiate teams such as the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Dallas Cowboys, Syracuse University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Alabama.  Additionally, Steiner Sports has a partnership with Madison Square Garden, offering exclusive access to The Garden, as well as game-used New York Knicks and New York Rangers items and artifacts from The World’s Most Famous Arena.

“Steiner Sports has partnerships with some of the most respected teams in all of sports, and these partnerships give us access to behind-the-scenes events and game-used merchandise that fans can’t get anywhere else,” said AJ Romeo, Director of Professional Team Partnerships at Steiner Sports.  “Working with Sports Power Weekends, Inc. to round out these experiences and offer them to more fans is a natural extension of our goal to provide fans with lasting memories of attending sporting events.”

Sports Power Weekends, Inc. is a sports travel company that helps fans plan trips to see multiple sporting events in one weekend in cities throughout the country.  By providing game tickets, information and resources, such as itineraries and city guides, Sport Power Weekends, Inc. helps fans maximize their experience in a city during a sports trip.

“We are very pleased to partner with Steiner Sports in offering incredible weekend experiences for sports fans,” said Jared Cooper, CEO of Sports Power Weekends, Inc.  “This collaboration with the most respected name in sports memorabilia adds an exciting element to Sports Power Weekends’ existing offerings, and will provide a tremendous opportunity for sports fans seeking an unforgettable weekend.”

The initial “Steiner Sports Power Weekends” experience will take place in Boston in April.  The Boston experience during the April 16-18 Patriot’s Day Weekend will be centered on the company’s Boston Red Sox partnership.

  • Tickets to the games taking place that weekend
  • Hotel accommodations in that city
  • Game-used items from each game you attend
  • Autographed items from Steiner Sports
  • Weekend itinerary by Sports Power Weekends
  • Sports Power Weekends-branded items
  • Additional gift cards and items of added value

For more information on the weekend experience in Boston, or to purchase a “Steiner Sports Power Weekends” package, please visit or

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Upcoming Steiner Sports Events Offered via Sports Power Weekends

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Steiner Sports is offering a bevy of exclusive events that will put fans on the field at the three most iconic baseball stadiums in the country: Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Yankee Stadium. All of the packages below also include tickets to the game being played that day, and a variety of other collectibles and unforgettable experiences.

There is a limited supply available for a number of these events, so act fast to secure your spot. For additional information regarding the packages or with help planning your weekend or travel arrangements, contact Jared Cooper at

VIP Pre-game Tour of Fenway Park – Red Sox vs. New York Yankees – September 1st, 2011

Cost: $1,000

Location: Fenway Park

Package Includes:

– (2) People to attend the VIP pre-game tour of Fenway Park, including watching batting practice from the field (weather permitting). NOTE: BP is not guaranteed every game and if the tarp is on the field there is no field access.

– (2) Tickets to the game, location is Section 7/Box B93

Steiner Sports gift bag Gift bag includes:

– (1) Set of Red Sox Coasters – (Steiner Sports ships item)

– (1) Red Sox Dirt Crystal – (Steiner Sports ships item)

– (1) Unsigned MLB baseball

– (1) Yankees Stadium vs. Fenway Park Rivalry Dual Dirt Collage

VIP Pre-game Tour of Fenway Park – Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles – September 20th, 2011


Location: Fenway Park

Package Includes:

– (2) People to attend the VIP pre-game tour of Fenway Park, including watching batting practice from the field (weather permitting). NOTE: BP is not guaranteed every game and if the tarp is on the field there is no field access.

– (2) Tickets to the game, location is Section 7/Box B93

Steiner Sports gift bag Gift bag includes:

– (1) Set of Red Sox Coasters (Steiner Sports ships item)

– (1) Red Sox Dirt Crystal (Steiner Sports ships item)

– (1) Unsigned MLB baseball (Steiner Sports ships item)

– (1) Yankees Stadium vs. Fenway Park Rivalry Dual Dirt Collage (Steiner Sports ships item)

Guest Post: Why Attending the NFL Draft Should Be On Your Sports Bucket List

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Photo courtesy of AP Images

Attending the NFL Draft in person should be on every sports fan’s bucket list. You can take your Cooperstown and your trip to South Bend. Gimme the dim lighting, the blasting AC, and the uncomfortable chairs of Radio City Music Hall in the middle of April, instead. The Draft is like Comic Con for the NFL obsessed. Fans of all 32 teams come out in droves, sporting the most creative jerseys they’ve got in their closets, and touch the game together in the middle of the spring.

Three things you can count on every year that you won’t want to miss:

1. Jets and Giants fans bickering at each other in the crowd. This includes chants, finger pointing, and the occasional push and shove. It’s always heated. It’s always clever.

2. Lots of Mel Kiper, Jr. love. Say what you want about Mayock and McShay, this is STILL Kiper’s event. The fans love him. He gives them the love back.

3. The greatest voice in all of sports, Alan Roach, rocking the mic. Roach, the man behind the Denver Broncos PA announcements, emcees the three-day event in Radio City. He’s the voice of the draft and worth the trip to hear.

So put on the most outdated jersey in your closet, print out your favorite mock draft, and get ready to shout at and with your rival teams’ fans.

Sitting in a dimly lit room in the middle of April for three days? Sounds like paradise to me.

Peter Schrager is a frequent contributor to NFL and college football coverage on Feel free to e-mail him at, or follow him on Twitter.

College Football Spring Games a Good Way to See New Stadiums

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Alabama set a Spring Game record with 92,138 fans in 2007. That record has since been broken. (AP Photo)

When I attended the University of Michigan I made it a point to attend the annual Spring Game at Michigan Stadium.  By April, more than three months had passed since the bowl game and almost five months since the last home game they had played. The Spring Game at Michigan provided a capper of sorts to the school year, which begins for all intents and purposes at the first home game at the end of August or early September. Seeing the squad for the first time in the new year serves to energize you through the news-devoid summer months and hold you over until pre-season Fall camp starts.

While they lack the significance and full experience of the games in the Fall, college football Spring Games offer fans a good opportunity to see their team up close and personal and get a taste of college football in April. They also give a large number of fans the opportunity to get inside a stadium they may not otherwise get a chance to see a game in. The weather is turning in many areas of the country and April weather often equates to that of October; just like the Spring Game itself, the weather is somewhat reflective of how things will be in the Fall, but not quite there.


Sports Power Weekend Destination: Seattle, April 8-10

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

April 8-10 Friday
  • Indians at Mariners
  • Indians at Mariners
  • Fire at Sounders
  • Indians at Mariners

Emerald City: The Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

Perhaps east coast bias is the reason Seattle often goes without mention when top cities in the country are being rattled off. There really is no other explanation. For the outdoorsy, the Puget Sound and Lake Washington offer ample opportunities for recreation, and Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helen’s are accessible for the adventurers. Seattle is still a music hub; it is much more than the grunge rock birthplace in the 90s. And in terms of the Sports Power Weekend warrior, their sports teams are not to be dismissed.

Throughout the spring and summer it is all about the Mariners and Sounders. In the fall and winter the Washington Huskies football and basketball teams are worthy of some attention as well. Unfortunately, after the bitter departure of the Sonics from Seattle the NBA left a void in the city’s pro team roster; Portland and Vancouver, each three hours away, provide the closest NBA and NHL teams, respectively. But who needs them? Seattle is making the most of what it has got.


  • Red Mill Burgers
  • Safeco Field
  • Bars

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The best, cheapest way to get from the airport to downtown is via the new Link Light Rail, only costing $2.50 one way. Downtown Seattle offers ample attractions and sports and entertainment venues, including Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners host their home opener against the Cleveland Indians at the 12-year old ballpark that provides sweeping views of the downtown skyline and fantastic sunsets over the Puget Sound. The park itself isn’t too bad either, featuring a retractable roof that acts as an umbrella for fans protecting them from the elements, and when it needs to be closed it only takes 10 minutes and is virtually silent.

Ballparks generally have a stigma of being a place you would want to eat at only if you were interested in hot dog and beer. Though the modern ballparks should have erased that stigma, if you still maintain it you can check out Red Mill Burgers up near the University of Washington campus before the game. It has been voted the best burger in Seattle 10 years in a row by Seattle Weekly, and GQ called it one of the 20 burgers you must eat before you die. Safeco offers some incredible food options but we’ll save those for the Sunday afternoon game since Red Mill is such a must-eat place.

After the game you can check out some of the local bars and get a taste of the music scene in town. Places like Triple Door are good for hearing some live music, and there is no shortage of bars along the waterfront above Qwest Field, adjacent to Safeco.


  • Beth’s Café
  • University of Washington
  • Qwest Field
  • Pike Place Market
  • Space Needle
  • Crab Pot

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After a night at the ballpark and the bars, there is no better way to start your Saturday than a hearty breakfast and a huge omelette at Beth’s Café. Seattle Weekly called Beth’s the “best place to cure a hangover,” but more than that they make some great breakfast food. It has been featured on Food Network and Travel Channel, and was named a Top 10 breakfast spot in the country by Needless to say, this is a place you want to be spending your Saturday morning. Beth’s resides alongside Green Lake, so give it a look on your way to the campus of UW to walk around.

The weather is nice and energy is up as students sense the end of the school year. Check out the scene and enjoy the environment. You can even make a stop at Husky Stadium, the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest. Husky Stadium is the site of the loudest recorded game in college football history; ESPN measured the noise of a 1992 game against Nebraska at 130 decibels. Husky Stadium is also unique in that it resides along Union Bay, making it one of the few college stadiums accessible by boat. Thousands of fans are in boats on Lake Washington prior to the game, and it is not uncommon to see members of the Husky crew team shuttling fans from their boat to the docks for the game.

As we approach game time, head to Qwest Field; no, we aren’t seeing the Seahawks in action, the Seattle Sounders are taking the pitch against the Chicago Fire. Qwest Field is known to be the loudest stadium in the NFL for Seahawks games, and the fans are just as rabid for the Sounders. An MLS-record 36,433 fans were on hand for the Sounders’ 2011 season opening game, and they are sure to be ready for another match this weekend. The stadium is no stranger to big-time events having hosted the NFC Championship Game and the MLS Cup; it is certainly a stadium any football or soccer fan in the country has to see, so it is a perfect stop on this SPW.

From the game head to nearby Pike Place Market, one of Washington state’s most frequented destinations, home to the original Starbucks, and often called the “soul of Seattle.” A major attraction of the Market, which has been open since 1907, is the Pike Place Fish Market, where employees famously throw three-foot salmon and other fish to one another instead of passing it by hand when a customer orders it at the counter. Additionally, street performers are abundant in what is one of the nation’s oldest continually operation public farmers’ markets.

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From one Seattle institution to another, head north a few blocks in downtown to the Space Needle. One of the major landmarks in the Pacific Northwest, the Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and features and observation deck at 520 feet. It is part of the Seattle Center, which features a number of venues ranging from science-related, to cultural, to sports, such as KeyArena, former home of the Seattle Sonics.

For dinner, head back towards the waterfront area to Miners Landing on Pier 57 to check out the Crab Pot. People head here for their specialty, “The Seafeast,” a huge mix of crab, clams, mussels, shrimp in the shell, salmon, halibut, oysters, potatoes, corn on the cob and andouille sausage steamed with mouth watering spices poured right on your table. Don’t be shy; dig right in and get after it. It gets a little messy, but that is all part of the fun. Explore the area a bit after dinner and check out some of the local bars and live music venues.


  • Voula’s Offshore
  • Pioneer Square
  • Safeco Field
  • Museum of Flight

Today is back to the ballpark for a 1:10 Sunday afternoon first pitch at Safeco Field as the Mariners close out their home opening series with the Indians. Prior to the game get some breakfast at Voula’s Offshore, a Greek joint that offers a power breakfast on the shores of Lake Union, near UW. Then make your way down near Safeco for a pregame stop at Pioneer Square, the city’s first neighborhood, now listed on the National Register for Historic Places. There are a variety of shops and art galleries, as well as tourist attractions and restaurants and cafés.

Checking out Safeco for a second time will give you an opportunity to take advantage of some of the perks of the park. Not only does the park have great food – it was nominated by the Food Network for having the “Best Ballpark Eats in America” and ranked by an ESPN poll as having the “Best Signature Ballpark Food” (Ivar’s Salmon and Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs) – but you can order it directly do your seat using your cell phone or Nintendo DS. Safeco is also rolling out Locavore Crepes, a new dish for the 2011 season. This is certainly not your grandfather’s ballpark food.

When you make your way towards the airport for your trip home, make sure to leave time on the front end to check out the Museum of Flight, located at the sound end of the airport and one of the largest air and space museums in the world. It has a comprehensive air and space collection and flight simulators and activities for kids. You’ll have a newfound appreciation for air travel on your way home, as well as a newfound appreciation for the Pacific Northwest after your Seattle Sports Power Weekend.