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Rally with a Tennis Legend!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

 

With VIP experiences from The PowerShares Series you can play on the court with a tennis legend! One-hour clinics are available in 12 different cities in October and November, giving you the chance to play on the court with Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, and other Grand Slam champions!

The PowerShares Series will make stops at arenas in 12 US cities, pitting four champions against one another in a one-night-only event. Stops on the tour include: Surprise, AZ (Oct. 13); Chicago (Oct. 17); Detroit (Oct. 18); Boston (Oct. 19); Philadelphia (Nov. 2); New York City (Nov. 5); Tampa (Nov. 9); Atlanta (Nov. 10); San Jose (Nov. 16); Las Vegas (Nov. 17); Denver (Nov. 29); and Anaheim (Nov. 30).

Three different VIP experiences are being offered by Sports Power Weekends via the PowerShares Series, including the player clinic experience, the player backstage experience, and the player Q&A with hospitality experience. What those three entail is listed below:

Player Clinic Experience

  • Exclusive one-hour group clinic with two headlining players on the arena court
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players, emceed by a Tennis Channel personality

Price: $1,500

Player Backstage Experience

  • Backstage meet and greet with all four headlining players before the matches start
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Player walk out: Accompany the players as they leave the backstage area and take center court
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players

Price: $750

Player Q&A with Hospitality Experience

  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event featuring all four players with dinner and open bar
  • Rub shoulders with the players and hear their thoughts on all topics in a Q&A session

Price: $250

NOTE: Tickets to the actual matches are not included in the above experiences, and range from $45-250 each, depending on the city.

Purchase Information

To purchase any of these VIP experiences, click on your city to be taken to the specific event page. Then click the “Buy Now” button for the experience you would like to reserve!

Surprise, Arizona (Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex; Saturday, October 13)

Chicago, Illinois (United Center; Wednesday, October 17)

Detroit, Michigan (Palace of Auburn Hills; Thursday, October 18)

Boston, Massachusetts (TD Garden; Friday, October 19)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Wells Fargo Center; Friday, November 2)

New York, New York (Madison Square Garden; Monday, November 5)

Tampa, Florida (Tampa Bay Times Forum; Friday, November 9)

Atlanta, Georgia (Gwinnett Center; Saturday, November 10)

San Jose, California (HP Pavilion; Friday, November 16)

Las Vegas, Nevada (Mandalay Bay Hotel; Saturday, November 17)

Denver, Colorado (Pepsi Center; Thursday, November 29)

Anaheim, California (Honda Center; Friday, November 30)

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For additional information, contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com.

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

 

PowerShares Series VIP Tennis Experiences: Anaheim

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012



(Honda Center; Friday, November 30)

THE PLAYERS

  • Andre Agassi
  • Michael Chang
  • John McEnroe
  • Jim Courier

Three different VIP experiences are being offered by Sports Power Weekends via the PowerShares Series, including the player clinic experience, the player backstage experience, and the player Q&A with hospitality experience. What those three entail is listed below:

Player Clinic Experience

  • Exclusive one-hour group clinic with two headlining players on the arena court
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players, emceed by a Tennis Channel personality

Price: $1,500

Player Backstage Experience

  • Backstage meet and greet with all four headlining players before the matches start
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Player walk out: Accompany the players as they leave the backstage area and take center court
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players

Price: $750

Champions Series TennisPlayer Q&A with Hospitality Experience

  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event featuring all four players with dinner and open bar
  • Rub shoulders with the players and hear their thoughts on all topics in a Q&A session

Price: $250

NOTE: Tickets to the actual matches are not included in the above experiences, and range from $45-250 each, depending on the city.

Purchase Information

To purchase any of these VIP experiences, click the “Buy Now” button for the experience you would like to reserve!

VIP Sponsor Clinic with Agassi/Chang/Courier/McEnroe ($1,500) VIP Meet & Greet with Agassi/Chang/Courier/McEnroe ($750 per person) VIP Cocktail Party with all Players ($250 per person)


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Event Schedule (Honda Center; Friday, November 30)

  • 3:00 PM — VIP Sponsor Clinic #1 with McEnroe/Chang (VIP Upgrade required)
  • 4:00 PM — VIP Sponsor Clinic #2 with Agassi/Courier (VIP Upgrade required)
  • 6:00 PM — VIP Cocktail Party with all Players (VIP Upgrade required)
  • 6:30 PM — Doors open to public
  • 7:30 PM — Event starts & Semi-final #1 (Courier vs Chang)
  • 8:15 PM — Semi-final #2 (McEnroe vs Agassi)
  • 9:00 PM — Finals (eight-game pro set match)

 

For additional information, contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com.

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

Top Sports Power Weekends: August 5-7

Monday, August 1st, 2011



With August upon us you can practically smell college football and NFL in the air. We’ll have to wait several more weeks for real games, though NFL preseason starts in less than two weeks. For now, baseball, soccer, and tennis overlap to create some spectacular SPW options.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of August 5-7. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Dallas

Friday
  • Indians at Rangers
  • Barcelona open practice (Pizza Hut Park)
Saturday
  • Barcelona vs. Club America (Cowboys Stadium)
  • Indians at Rangers
Sunday
  • Indians at Rangers

The Cleveland Indians and their new top pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez will travel to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers for the weekend, but the real festivities will take place adjacent to The Ballpark, at Cowboys Stadium. FC Barcelona will face the Mexican team Club America on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium. Barca will hold an open training session at Pizza Hut Park on Friday night, and will also be making an appearance at the Nike store in Dallas, as well as other training sessions at SMU.

Also see: Dallas City Guide

2. Los Angeles-San Diego

Friday
  • Mariners at Angels
  • Mercury Insurance Open (Tennis) in San Diego
Saturday
  • Mariners at Angels
  • Mercury Insurance Open (Tennis) in San Diego
  • FC Dallas at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Mariners at Angels
  • Mercury Insurance Open (Tennis) in San Diego

The US Open Series continues as we are now within one month of the US Open in Flushing, NY. The Mercury Insurance Open will feature some of the top women including Kim Clijsters and Ana Ivanovic in San Diego. Meanwhile in Anaheim, the resurgent Angels face their AL West foes from Seattle. In Carson, the Galaxy host FC Dallas in a matchup of the top two Western Conference MLS teams.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

3. Washington, D.C.-Baltimore

Friday
  • Blue Jays at Orioles
  • Legg Mason Classic (Tennis) in Washington, D.C.
Saturday
  • Blue Jays at Orioles
  • Legg Mason Classic (Tennis) in Washington, D.C.
  • Toronto FC at DC United
Sunday
  • Blue Jays at Orioles
  • Legg Mason Classic (Tennis) in Washington, D.C.

The Legg Mason Tennis Classic will feature some of the top men’s players in the world, including Americans James Blake, Mardy Fish and Jon Isner, as well as Gael Monfils, Nikolay Davydenko and defending champion David Nalbandian. Meanwhile, in nearby Baltimore, the O’s host AL East counterpart Toronto in a weekend series. Toronto fans will also be able to catch their MLS team in action against DC United on Saturday.

Also see: Washington, D.C. and Baltimore City Guide

4. Canton, Ohio

Friday
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
  • Bridgestone Invitational (PGA) in Akron
Saturday
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
  • Bridgestone Invitational (PGA) in Akron
Sunday
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
  • Bridgestone Invitational (PGA) in Akron

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game was cancelled due to the labor uncertainty that has now been settled, but the induction weekend carries on nonetheless. More than 75 living Hall of Famers will descend on the cradle of football for the Induction Ceremony as well as the Enshrinees Dinner. Check out the full schedule of festivities here: http://www.profootballhof.com/enshrinement/festivalschedule.aspx.

5. Bay Area

Friday
  • Phillies at Giants
Saturday
  • Phillies at Giants
  • Timbers at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Phillies at Giants

Both the Phillies and the Giants, the two teams that faced off in the NLDS last postseason, added big bats to their lineup for the stretch run and postseason. The Giants added Phillies foe Carlos Beltran, formerly of the Mets, and the Phillies added former Astros outfielder Hunter Pence. This should make for a tense weekend series at AT&T Park.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: April 22-24

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011



The first round of the NBA and NHL playoffs is heating up, and it is creating some travel opportunities for sports fans, particularly in big cities that have teams in both sports in the playoffs. Add in MLB home weekends and the occasional MLS game, and it is hard to find a reason not to travel.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of April 22-24. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Sabres at Flyers (Game 5)
Saturday
Sunday
  • Heat at 76ers (Game 4)

Philly is the only city in the country that brings you an NBA and NHL playoff home game this weekend. The Flyers host the Sabres in a pivotal Game 5, and the 76ers look to make their way back into their series against the Heat. The Wells Fargo Center has an intense slate of games on their hands this weekend.

2. New York

Friday
  • Celtics at Knicks (Game 3)
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
Sunday
  • Celtics at Knicks (Game 4)
  • Diamondbacks at Mets

The Knicks have lost two heartbreaking games to the Celtics in Boston, but Madison Square Garden will be rocking on Friday night as Game 3 comes back to New York. Game 4 takes place on Sunday, and all the while the Mets are in town against the Diamondbacks as well.

Also see: New York City Guide

3. Washington/Baltimore

Friday
  • Yankees at Orioles
Saturday
  • Rangers at Capitals (Game 5)
  • Yankees at Orioles
Sunday
  • Yankees at Orioles

For New York sports fans, if you aren’t in New York, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore will be your weekend home away from home. The Yankees travel down to Camden Yards to face the Orioles for a weekend set, and the NY Rangers face a potentially make-or-break Game 5 at the Verizon Center in the nation’s capital. The Acela should be packed with New Yorkers making their way to the mid-Atlantic.

Also see: Washington/Baltimore City Guide

4. Anaheim/Los Angeles

Friday
  • Predators at Ducks (Game 5)
  • Red Sox at Angels
Saturday
  • Red Sox at Angels
  • Timbers at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Red Sox at Angels

Anaheim will be the site of a huge Game 5 between the Nashville Predators and the hometown Ducks, as well as an Angels home series against the Boston Red Sox. The Sox have always had the Angels’ number in the postseason, so there is some residual tension that should make for a good late-April series.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

5. Pittsburgh

Friday
  • Nationals at Pirates
Saturday
  • Lightning at Penguins (Game 5)
  • Nationals at Pirates
Sunday
  • Nationals at Pirates

Not only do the three rivers converge in Pittsburgh, but so do the NHL playoffs and MLB regular season. The Pirates and Nationals are hovering around .500 and look to get their head above water. Meanwhile, the Penguins and Lightning face off in a meaningful Game 5 on Saturday.

6. San Francisco

Friday
  • Braves at Giants
Saturday
  • Kings at Sharks (Game 5)
  • Braves at Giants
  • Chivas USA at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Braves at Giants

The defending World Series champs welcome the Atlanta Braves to AT&T Park for a three game set, but Saturday it is all about San Jose. The Sharks face the LA Kings in a Cali battle as Game 5 gets underway at the Shark Tank. Also on Saturday, the SJ Earthquakes will face Chivas USA in some MLS action. It is LA vs. the Bay on Saturday.

Also see: San Francisco City Guide

7. New Orleans

Friday
  • Lakers at Hornets (Game 3)
Saturday
Sunday
  • Lakers at Hornets (Game 4)

There is hardly a better weekend for a Lakers fans to make a visit to New Orleans than this one. Friday and Sunday will feature playoff matchups with the Hornets, who are looking to knock off the two-time defending champs. New Orleans Arena, just like the Superdome next door, can get rocking in support of New Orleans sports teams.

Also see: New Orleans City Guide

8. Atlanta

Friday
  • Magic at Hawks (Game 3)
Saturday
Sunday
  • Magic at Hawks (Game 4)

As mentioned, the Braves are out of town in San Francisco, so all of the city’s attention is on the Hawks. Having stolen home-court advantage from the Magic, the Hawks welcome Dwight Howard and Orlando to Philips Arena for Games 3 and 4.

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

9. Detroit

Friday
  • Coyotes at Red Wings (Game 5 – if necessary)
  • White Sox at Tigers
Saturday
  • White Sox at Tigers
Sunday
  • White Sox at Tigers

With the Red Wings leading the Coyotes 3-0 in their first round series, there may not be a need for a Game 5. If there is, Joe Louis and Comerica Park provide some weekend entertainment as the Wings and Tigers take over the Motor City.

10. Chicago

Friday
  • Dodgers at Cubs
Saturday
  • Dodgers at Cubs
  • Dynamo at Fire
Sunday
  • Canucks at Blackhawks (Game 6 – if necessary)
  • Dodgers at Cubs

Similar to the Detroit SPW, there may or may not be an NHL playoff game in Chicago this weekend. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks look to keep their series with top-seeded Vancouver alive. Also, the Dodgers are in town to face the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and the MLS Fire host the Dynamo. The Bulls are on the road in Indiana, but their presence will be felt in the Windy City this weekend.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: March 25-27

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011


The tides are beginning to change as the calendar approaches the flip from March to April. College basketball season has only two weekends remaining as the NCAA Tournament has reached the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups, Spring Training will break and give way to the regular season after this week, the NBA and NHL are in playoff stretch run mode, and the MLS just kicked off. It makes for some very significant and hard-fought games, and thus some great Sports Power Weekend options.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of March 25-27. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Anaheim

Thursday
  • Duke vs. Arizona and San Diego St. vs. UConn
Friday
  • Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers
Saturday
  • NCAA Tournament Regional Finals
  • Toronto Raptors at Los Angeles Clippers
  • Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings
  • Colorado Rapids at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • New Orleans Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers

What makes this weekend so great is that not only are the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games much more competitive and exciting than that some of the early-round mismatches, but you also get a chance to see some of the NBA’s biggest stars on the Tournament off days. Blake Griffin and Kobe Bryant fighting for the Staples Center spotlight on Friday night in nearby LA will be great, as will seeing Chris Paul take on those same Lakers on Sunday. The Honda Center in Anaheim is only about 30 minutes from LA, but with that traffic it could take three times as long.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

2. Newark

Friday
  • Ohio State vs. Kentucky and Marquette vs. North Carolina
  • Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks
Saturday Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders
Sunday
  • NCAA Tournament Regional Finals

The Prudential Center has no doubt been a success since opening just a few years ago, and with the Nets and Devils as its current primary tenants, it has put on its fair share of events. Newark will once again be on display as the Regional Semis and Finals roll into town, but New York City also throws itself into the fray with a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. Public transportation will makes the trip from Manhattan to Newark seamless and inexpensive, and there is no shortage of things to do on Saturday while no Tournament games are being held in the area.

Also see: New York City Guide

3. New Orleans

Thursday
  • Wisconsin vs. Butler and BYU vs. Florida
Friday
Saturday
  • NCAA Tournament Regional Finals
Sunday

New Orleans is another one of those weekends that doesn’t even need another sporting event to put it over the top. The Superdome is a manageable walk to the French Quarter for some postgame fun, and the food down in the area is hard to top. This will be a great long weekend starting on Thursday.

Also see: New Orleans City Guide

4. San Antonio

Friday
  • Kansas vs. Richmond and Florida State vs. VCU
Saturday
Sunday
  • NCAA Tournament Regional Finals

San Antonio’s River Walk and the Alamo are good attractions to check out when you’re not attending Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games at the Alamodome. San Antonio is a very spread out city, so staying in the River Walk area is definitely worth it.

Also see: Houston & San Antonio City Guide

5. Tampa Bay-Orlando

Friday
  • Nets at Magic
  • Hurricanes at Lightning
  • Spring Training
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational
Saturday
  • Spring Training
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational
Sunday
  • Spring Training
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational

There is plenty to do this weekend in central Florida as Spring Training concludes with its final weekend, the Magic and Lightning are both home on Friday night, and the Arnold Palmer Invitational comes to Orlando. This is your last chance to see Grapefruit League action, so make it count.

6. Phoenix

Friday
  • Hornets at Suns
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • Sharks at Coyotes
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Mavericks at Suns
  • Spring Training

Just like the Grapefruit League, Cactus League action comes to an end this weekend as well. With some many MLB teams training within a short radius of Phoenix, this is a great opportunity to check that out in addition to two Suns games and a Coyotes game in Glendale.

7. Boston

Friday
  • Bobcats at Celtics
Saturday
  • Rangers at Bruins
  • DC United at Revolution
Sunday

The Celtics are fighting for the top spot in the East, and the Rangers and Bruins will just be fighting. The TD Garden is the place to be this weekend with both teams in action and few games left on their collective home slates. Also check out the Revolution at Gillette Stadium in some early-season MLS action.

Also see: Boston City Guide

8. Chicago

Friday
  • Grizzlies at Bulls
Saturday
  • Ducks at Blackhawks
  • Sporting KC at Fire
Sunday

Like the aforementioned Celtics, the Bulls are gunning for the number one seed in the East. They take on the Memphis Grizzlies at the United Center on Friday night, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks take on the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. The MLS Chicago Fire host Sporting KC on Saturday as well.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

9. Philly

Friday
Saturday
  • Whitecaps at Union
Sunday
  • Kings at 76ers
  • Bruins at Flyers

The Philly SPW starts off on Saturday as the Union host the newly introduced Vancouver Whitecaps in their first-ever meeting. Sunday sees a Wells Fargo Center doubleheader as the 76ers and Flyers host the Sacramento Kings and Boston Bruins, respectively.

10. Atlanta

Friday
  • Canucks at Thrashers
Saturday
  • Nets at Hawks
Sunday
  • Senators at Thrashers

Philips Arena has a full slate this weekend with two Thrashers games and the Hawks hosting the New Jersey Nets on Saturday. The Hawks will be playing for playoff positioning, bit they’ll have to stop Deron Williams and the Nets to get the win.

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

March Madness the perfect opportunity for a Sports Power Weekend

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011



What is so great about the NCAA Tournament – besides everything – is that with the games slated for particular times on either Thursday and Saturday, or Friday and Sunday, fans can plan their weekends and budget their time accordingly. Also great is the one-day gap in games that allows the fan to explore the city they are in, and even see another sporting event or two if time permits.

For this reason, the NCAA Tournament (with the conference tournaments bundled in) is the greatest event on the calendar for a Sports Power Weekend. Check out the tournament sites below with the dates of the NCAA Tournament games being played, as well as any other sporting event that can be attended on the same weekend.

To customize a Sports Power Weekends package to any of these sites, contact info@SPWtravel.com for pricing and options.

April 2-4 (Final Four and National Title Game)

Houston Friday
  • San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets
  • Reese’s College All-Star Game
  • PGA Shell Houston Open
Saturday
  • Final Four
  • PGA Shell Houston Open
Sunday
  • Atlanta Hawks at Houston Rockets
  • PGA Shell Houston Open
Monday
  • National Title Game

Houston officials and schedule-makers did a great job bringing in the Shell Houston Open this weekend, as well as having two Rockets games in between the Final Four and Title Game at Reliant Stadium. This is a Sports Power Weekend option that not only offers a tent-pole event in the Final Four, but also a fun spectator event like a PGA Tournament, and two NBA games for the basketball nuts.

Sports Power Weekend Destination: Los Angeles

Monday, February 21st, 2011


February 25-27 Friday
  • Clippers at Lakers
  • Wild at Ducks
Saturday
  • Celtics at Clippers
  • Arizona at UCLA
  • Arizona State at USC
  • Avalanche at Kings
Sunday
  • Avalanche at Ducks


NBA, College Basketball, NHL and Disney in One Weekend? A Magical Weekend in the City of Angels

Being a fan in the second-largest media market in the country comes in handy during the winter. With the two-time defending champion Lakers headlining the show, Los Angeles also features the Clippers, LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks, and UCLA and USC basketball in supporting roles. All of those teams are playing at home this weekend, and when you throw in some time checking out Universal Studios, Disneyland and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Sports Power Weekend in Los Angeles is certainly in order.

Friday

  • Staples Center
  • LA Live

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

The Staples Center will get some serious play this weekend with the Lakers, Clippers and Kings all hosting games, but the atmosphere of the latter two simply does not match up to a Lakers home game. Throw in the fact that the Lakers are playing the Clippers, the “second” tenant in the building, and there will be some serious buzz in downtown Los Angeles on Friday night.

The Staples Center is a building of champions. The Lakers capped off each of their first three seasons at the Staples Center with NBA championships, and even the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks captured back-to-back championships during their first two seasons calling the arena home. The Kings and Clippers have made this place theirs as well, setting attendance and sellout records for their franchises since moving in.

The concessions at the Staples Center can certainly get the job done, but if you don’t want to fill up on arena food there are more than enough restaurant options surrounding the building in the L.A. Live sports and entertainment district. L.A. Live opened in 2007 featuring sports and music venues such as the Staples Center and Nokia Theatre, night clubs, restaurants, a bowling alley, museum and movie theaters.  The district has hosted the the GRAMMYs, EMMYs, American Music Awards, ESPYs, American Idol Finals and hundreds of other events, and is a great place to spend the evening.

If it is in your budget, they have a J.W. Marriott and a Ritz-Carlton right on the campus. The whole area really couldn’t be more convenient on a night such as this.

Saturday

  • Westwood
  • Pauley Pavilion
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Staples Center
  • Sunset Boulevard

Friday night may have seemed like a main course, but in reality it was just an appetizer for multiple basketball games on Saturday. With UCLA hosting Arizona at 1 PM, USC welcoming Arizona State at 4:30 PM and the Clippers facing the Boston Celtics at 7:30 PM, you can conceivably catch three high-quality games today.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Start off your day with a drive to the beautiful town of Westwood, home of the UCLA Bruins. Los Angeles’ usual perfect weather is a great complement to this walking town and picturesque green campus. Grab a bite to eat at Jerry’s Famous Deli, one of the many locations the restaurant has in southern California. Jerry’s is just down the block from the iconic Westwood Theater, where the red carpet is often rolled out for big movie premieres. Walk the streets and hop in and out of some apparel stores for some UCLA gear. Your best bet for some clothes for the game may be the UCLA bookstore right across from the John Wooden Center. Take a walk around campus before circling back near Bruin Plaza to Pauley Pavilion for the 1 PM game.

The Arizona Wildcats will visit the UCLA Bruins in a matchup of the two strongest teams in the Pac-10 historically. Pauley Pavilion opened in 1965 and has been called home to some of the greatest players in college basketball history, and undoubtedly its greatest coach, John Wooden. The court, named in his and his wife Nell’s honor, sits under 11 NCAA men’s championship banners and retired numbers from UCLA greats Kareem Abdul Jabbar (formerly Lew Alcindor), Bill Walton, Walt Hazzard, Sidney Wicks, Marques Johnson, Ed O’Bannon, Gail Goodrich, Ann Meyers and Denise Curry. A crowd of 12,829 fans will be on their game for what could be a pivotal Pac-10 showdown.

After the game you are faced with a “good problem.” You can either make your way to downtown Los Angeles to check out UCLA’s cross-town rival USC face off against Arizona State in the Galen Center at 4:30 PM, or you can go explore the city a bit and take in some of the famous sites. Think it over while getting an ice cream sandwich at Diddy Riese. You will not regret this. Unfortunately the timing is such that you probably won’t be able to go to the nearby Apple Pan for what is considered one of the best burgers in Los Angeles, if not California more generally.

If you are going to the 10,258-seat Galen Center for the USC-Arizona State game, make sure to pass through the Rose Garden and catch a glimpse of the nearby LA Coliseum. Since USC is situated in downtown Los Angeles, this game will serve as a good lead-in to the Clippers game at the Staples Center at 7:30 PM. If you would prefer a break to get more familiar with the city, the twenty-minute drive from Westwood to Hollywood Boulevard is a good way to do it.

Walking out in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the surrounding area will create a movie reel of sorts in your mind. Everywhere you turn, you will recognize a landmark from a certain movie or TV show. The Kodak Theatre, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Capitol Records Tower, corner of Hollywood and Vine, or the Hollywood and Highland Center (which offers great views of the Hollywood sign) are all in a small radius of one another and offer the glitzy feel that is portrayed in the movies.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

After fulfilling your tourist duties in Hollywood, it is time to fill up your stomach. Moving towards Chinatown southeast on the 101 you will pass Dodger Stadium and Elysian Park. Just south of the stadium is a small restaurant that actually serves as a big pre-Dodgers game food spot: Philippe the Original. Get a “French Dipped” sandwich (your choice of meat in a French roll dipped in their “jus”) with their hot mustard in one of the oldest and best-known restaurants in southern California.

Even though you saw a game at the Staples Center last night, it is a different vibe when the Lakers and Clippers play there. After seeing the two-time defending NBA champs last night, now you can see the Clippers take on the team that last won before the Lakers and faced them in the finals in 2010, the Boston Celtics. It is a rare opportunity to see the best of the west and east on back-to-back nights, all the while seeing one of the top young stars in the game in Clippers forward Blake Griffin. Don’t get up during the action; you may miss one of his highlight reel dunks.

After the game, if you would rather branch out instead of spending your second night at L.A. Live, go to Sunset Boulevard where there are a number of bars and restaurants, mostly on the strip between Doheny Drive and North Crescent Heights Boulevard.

Sunday

  • Coral Tree Café
  • Universal Studios
  • Disneyland
  • Honda Center (Ducks at 5 PM)

So, yesterday was a big day but if there was one drawback it was that you were sitting down a lot, whether at the basketball games or driving from place to place. Today will allow you to indulge your sense of adventure, at and the same time see some of the behind the scenes action that helps makes Hollywood what it is.

After grabbing some breakfast at Coral Tree Café, a great spot that offers healthy and tasty breakfast options in neaby Encino, head north a bit towards Burbank to check out Universal Studios. There are several options for you at Universal: you can take the studio tour and check out where Hollywood movies are made and see some of the sets for yourself, check out some of the rides and shows that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies, or simply stroll the CityWalk to amble into the novelty and collectible shops and restaurants or even indoor skydive.

There are a number of restaurants for either a sit-down or quick bite before leaving Universal, but if you want to check out something more local, make your way south a bit towards Glendale to Mambo’s for a Cuban lunch. The restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network, and is as good as it looks on TV.

I hope you didn’t reach your limit on theme parks this morning at Universal, because before tonight’s Anaheim Ducks game at the Honda Center is another special treat in Anaheim: Disneyland. Not every aspect of the park is for kids. If you aren’t interested in the younger targeted portions of the park, check out the Hollywood Pictures Backlot to see sets, props and facades.

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There is way more to do at both Universal and Disneyland than you will have time for, but this is a Sports Power Weekend, so we know what the priorities are.

By the time 5 PM rolls around the switch has flipped back to sports, as the Ducks take on the Colorado Avalanche at the Honda Center. The Honda Center opened in 1993 and has housed the Ducks ever since. It was also home to the Los Angeles Clippers from 1994-99 until the Clips moved to the Staples Center. The stadium, which holds more than 17,000 fans, was the site of the Stanley Cup-clinching Game 5 victory over the Ottawa Senators, giving the Ducks their first-ever championship. With the NHL season approaching the stretch run, this could be a pivotal Western Conference matchup.

There you have it. In one weekend you were able to witness a Lakers game, Clippers game, UCLA game, and a Ducks game, and maybe even a USC game as well. Not to mention getting to bask in the reflective glory of Hollywood by visiting the Walk of Fame, Universal Studios, and Disneyland.

Now that is a Power Weekend!