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Top Sports Power Weekends By City: April-June

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Below are the top Sports Power Weekend options in 30+ major cities in North America. They are ordered in market size and often include cities and towns surrounding the major metropolitan area. To find a specific city, press Command+F and type in the city name.

If you are interested in discussing offerings to any of these cities for any of these weekends, please contact us at Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com or (646-397-5350) for more information.

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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 By City: July and August

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Below are the top Sports Power Weekend options in 25+ major cities in North America. They are ordered in market size and often include cities and towns surrounding the major metropolitan area. To find a specific city, press Command+F and type in the city name.

If you are interested in discussing offerings to any of these cities for any of these weekends, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com for more information.

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Top Sports Power Weekends: June 24-26

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011



Thursday’s NBA Draft effectively puts an end to basketball’s participation in Sports Power Weekends this summer, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup concludes this Saturday with the Final at the Rose Bowl. That leaves us with MLB and MLS, as well as PGA, tennis and racing events until we welcome football season. Those sports still have a lot to offer, and make for some great travel weekends in July and August.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of June 24-26. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Angels at Dodgers
  • Braves at Padres
Saturday
  • Gold Cup Finals (Rose Bowl)
  • Angels at Dodgers
  • Braves at Padres
Sunday
  • Angels at Dodgers
  • Braves at Padres

The “cross-town” clash between the Angels and Dodgers will take place at Dodger Stadium this weekend, and not even a terrible ownership situation can spoil the beauty of watching a game in Chavez Ravine. Two hours down I-5 the Padres host the Braves at stunning Petco Park. The headliner of the weekend is the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final at the Rose Bowl, possibly a rematch between Mexico and the United States. Who knows, this might provide more excitement that last year’s TCU beat down of Wisconsin.

2. New York

Thursday
  • NBA Draft (Prudential Center)
  • Athletics at Mets
Friday
  • Rockies at Yankees
Saturday
  • Rockies at Yankees
Sunday
  • Rockies at Yankees

The NBA Draft might signal the end of NBA-related activities before a lockout, but it also begins a New York SPW that sees the Colorado Rockies visiting for a three game set at Yankee Stadium.

3. Kansas City

Friday
  • Cubs at Royals
Saturday
  • Cubs at Royals
  • Whitecaps at Sporting KC
Sunday
  • Cubs at Royals

Seven of the eight remaining cities on this week’s Top 10 consist of MLB-MLS Sports Power Weekends, starting with Kansas City. Livestrong Sporting Park opened to rave reviews earlier this month, and will play host to the Vancouver Whitecaps at Sporting KC match on Saturday. This weekend at Kauffmann Field, the young and exciting Kansas City Royals host the Chicago Cubs.

4. Philadelphia

Friday
  • A’s at Phillies
Saturday
  • A’s at Phillies
  • Chivas USA at Union
Sunday
  • A’s at Phillies

2011 marks the 100th Anniversary of the 1911 World Champion Philadelphia A’s, so it is only right that the now Oakland A’s make a trip back to Philly during an Interleague Series. The Phillies will host the A’s at Citizens Bank Park all weekend, while Saturday the Union host Chivas USA at PPL Park in Chester.

5. Dallas

Friday
  • Mets at Rangers
Saturday
  • Mets at Rangers
  • Timbers at FC Dallas
Sunday
  • Mets at Rangers

Jose Reyes and the New York Mets head from Citi Field to the Ballpark in Arlington for a three game series with the defending AL Champion Texas Rangers. Up in Frisco, FC Dallas hosts the Portland Timbers, making for an intriguing MLB-MLS weekend.

6. Bay Area

Friday
  • Indians at Giants
Saturday
  • Indians at Giants
  • Galaxy at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Indians at Giants

The Indians are in a battle for the top spot in the NL Central, just as San Francisco is in a fight atop the NL West. Both teams hope to put their best foot forward as they meet at AT&T Park in the city by the bay. Meanwhile, down in San Jose on Saturday the Earthquakes will host the Galaxy as they make their way north from Los Angeles.

7. Chicago

Friday
  • Nationals at White Sox
Saturday
  • Nationals at White Sox
Sunday
  • Nationals at White Sox
  • Red Bulls at Fire

The Red Bulls-Fire game doesn’t carry the same intensity as other NY-Chicago matchups, but the fans at Toyota Park will be ready to cheer on their squad. The White Sox and Nationals are both right around the .500 mark and hope a strong weekend will give them momentum heading into the second half of the season.

8. Seattle

Friday
  • Marlins at Mariners
Saturday
  • Marlins at Mariners
Sunday
  • Marlins at Mariners
  • Revolution at Sounders

The newly renamed CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field) can still call itself the best MLS venue in the country, and will host the Sounders-Revolution match on Sunday. Throughout the weekend at Safeco Field, the hometown Mariners welcome the reeling Florida Marlins for three games.

9. Washington, D.C.-Baltimore

Friday
  • Reds at Orioles
Saturday
  • Reds at Orioles
  • Dynamo at DC United
Sunday
  • Reds at Orioles

About an hour separate Baltimore from D.C., but that shouldn’t stop you from making a MLB-MLS SPW in the beltway. The Reds travel to Camden Yards for three games with the O’s, and nearby at RFK Stadium the Houston Dynamo will take on DC United on Saturday.

10. Pittsburgh

Friday
  • Red Sox at Pirates
Saturday
  • Red Sox at Pirates
Sunday
  • Red Sox at Pirates

Red Sox fans haven’t had many opportunities to check out PNC Park, making this a great weekend for Boston fans to travel to Pittsburgh to see the place for themselves. The Pirates have been playing well, but will have their work cut out for them if they want to slow down the red-hot Red Sox.

Top Sports Power Weekends: June 10-12

Monday, June 6th, 2011



On top of the nearing conclusion of the NBA and NHL Finals, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial regional championship for national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean, continues with group matches in Miami, Tampa Bay and Chicago this weekend. Miami will see Game 6 between the Heat and the Mavericks as well as two Gold Cup matches this weekend, giving the city the top spot on this week’s list.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of June 10-12. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Miami

Friday
  • Jamaica vs. Guatemala (Gold Cup at FIU)
  • Grenada vs. Honduras (Gold Cup at FIU)
  • Diamondbacks at Marlins
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Marlins
Sunday
  • Mavericks at Heat (Game 6)
  • Diamondbacks at Marlins

The two Gold Cup matches at Florida International University kick off the weekend, which features an NBA Finals elimination game and a Florida Marlins series at Sun Life Stadium. Jamaica, Guatemala, Grenada and Honduras will all expect tremendous representation at their games in southern Florida.

2. New York

Friday
  • Indians at Yankees
  • Revolution at Red Bulls
Saturday
  • Belmont Stakes
  • Indians at Yankees
Sunday
  • Indians at Yankees

The third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, runs in Elmont, NY on Saturday to highlight a weekend that also features two of the American League’s best teams. The Indians and Yankees ready for a three game set at Yankee Stadium, in a potential playoff preview.

Also see: New York City Guide

3. Vancouver

Friday
  • Bruins at Canucks (Game 5)
Saturday
Sunday

Vancouver held serve with two thrilling home wins in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cups Finals at Rogers Arena. Game 5 is always a pivotal game in any series, and this Game 5 promises to be no different. Canucks fans will be in full force hoping to bring the Stanley Cup to Stanley Park.

4. Tampa Bay

Friday
Saturday
  • Canada vs. Guadeloupe (Gold Cup at Raymond James Stadium)
  • USA vs. Panama (Gold Cup at Raymond James Stadium)
Sunday

The US Men’s National Team and our neighbors to the north will both take part in Gold Cup matches at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers’ home will host Canada-Guadeloupe as well as the United States-Panama match. Uncle Sam’s Army will be out in full force.

5. Chicago

Friday
  • A’s at White Sox
Saturday
  • A’s at White Sox
Sunday
  • El Salvador vs. Cuba (Gold Cup at Soldier Field)
  • Mexico vs. Costa Rica (Gold Cup at Soldier Field)
  • A’s at White Sox

The White Sox host a three game set with the Oakland A’s at The Cell, while nearby at Soldier Field pivotal Gold Cup matches will get underway on Sunday. El Salvador faces Cuba and Mexico clashes with Costa Rica. These games won’t have the same intensity as a December Bears-Packers clash at Soldier Field, but try telling that to these fans.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

6. Los Angeles-San Diego

Friday
  • Royals at Angels
  • Nationals at Padres
Saturday
  • Royals at Angels
  • Nationals at Padres
  • Toronto FC at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Royals at Angels
  • Nationals at Padres

This is another southern California weekend that offers the possibility of games at both Angels Stadium in Anaheim and Petco Park in San Diego. Throw in a Galaxy match in the Home Depot Center and you’ve got yourself a well-rounded summer SPW in LA and San Diego.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

7. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Cubs at Phillies
Saturday
  • Cubs at Phillies
  • Real Salt Lake at Union
Sunday
  • Cubs at Phillies

The MLB-MLS combo is essential Sports Power Weekend of the summer as all of the other major sports leagues are in their offseasons. Philadelphia boasts a good one this weekend as the Cubs travel to Citizens Bank Park to take on the NL East leading Phillies, and the Union host Real Salt Lake at PPL Park in nearby Chester, PA.

8. Baltimore

Friday
  • Rays at Orioles
Saturday
  • Rays at Orioles
  • Earthquakes at DC United
Sunday
  • Rays at Orioles

Camden Yards is one of the crown jewels of Major League Baseball, and it will be open for business this weekend as the hometown O’s face their AL East counterparts the Tampa Bay Rays. A short train ride away in D.C. at RFK Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes travel to face DC United in an MLS clash.

Also see: Baltimore City Guide

9. Houston

Friday
  • Braves at Astros
Saturday
  • Braves at Astros
  • Chivas USA at Dynamo
Sunday
  • Braves at Astros

Houston features a three game set at Minute Maid Park as the Astros host the Atlanta Braves in the shadow of Union Station. On Saturday, the Dynamo host Chivas USA, concluding yet another MLB-MLS combo weekend.

Also see: Houston City Guide

10. Memphis

Friday
  • PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic
Saturday
  • PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic
Sunday
  • PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic

Memphis continues to deal with the aftermath of heavy flooding in the city, but the St. Jude Classic goes on at TPC Southwind. Some of the world’s best will be on hand for one of the top tournaments on the PGA Tour.

Also see: Memphis City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: May 20-22

Monday, May 16th, 2011



The Conference Finals in both the NBA and NHL are underway as we get closer to crowning new champions. Meanwhile, the weather is warming up and as baseball becomes the only game in town, ballparks will begin to fill up with more regularity. Interleague play begins this week and rivalries are renewed. There is no shortage of great travel options this week.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of May 20-22. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Bay Area

Friday
  • Canucks at Sharks (Game 3)
  • A’s at Giants
Saturday
  • A’s at Giants
  • Revolution at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Canucks at Sharks (Game 4)
  • A’s at Giants

It is quite a weekend in the Bay Area, as the San Jose Sharks welcome the Canucks to the Shark Tank for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Meanwhile, the Oakland A’s travel across the bay to take on their neighbors, the San Francisco Giants, at AT&T Park. Also in San Jose, the Earthquakes take on the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

2. Baltimore

Friday
  • Nationals at Orioles
Saturday
  • Preakness Stakes
  • Nationals at Orioles
Sunday
  • Nationals at Orioles

The Preakness Stakes doesn’t bring in the same rowdy crowd that it used to, but the infield is still a fun place to be on a nice Saturday afternoon. Concerts and events will be held in the infield, as the second leg of the Triple Crown is run on the track. Nearby, the Beltway Series returns as the Nationals travel from D.C. to Baltimore to take on the O’s.

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

3. Miami

Friday
  • Rays at Marlins
Saturday
  • Rays at Marlins
Sunday
  • Bulls at Heat (Game 3)
  • Rays at Marlins

Even though the Rays have rebounded from an early season stumble to take the lead in the AL East, and the Marlins have one of the best records in the NL, forgive the fans for focusing more on the Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat. Game 3 will be pivotal as the series moves from Chicago to South Beach, as the Heat try to defend their home court.

4. Boston

Friday
  • Cubs at Red Sox
Saturday
  • Cubs at Red Sox
Sunday
  • Cubs at Red Sox

With the Bruins on the road and the Celtics eliminated from the playoffs, the Red Sox have Boston all to themselves for the first time in a long time. It just so happens that they welcome the Chicago Cubs to Fenway Park for the first time since the 1918 World Series, in one of the most anticipated series in MLB this year. The Sox are fresh off a sweep of the Yankees, and hope to continue their great play following their lousy season start.

Also see: Boston City Guide

5. Oklahoma City

Friday
Saturday
  • Mavericks at Thunder (Game 3)
Sunday

The Thunder defended their home court in Game 7 against the Memphis Grizzlies, and will return home for their first-ever Western Conference Finals home game as they welcome the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 on Saturday. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were spectacular in Game 7, but Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs present a whole new set of problems.

6. Tampa Bay

Friday
    Saturday
    • Bruins at Lightning (Game 4)
    Sunday

      The Lightning took Game 1 in Boston and hope to protect their home ice back in Tampa Bay. They host the Bruins on Saturday in Game 4, a pivotal showdown in each team’s quest for a Stanley Cup berth.

      7. New York

      Friday
      • Mets at Yankees
      Saturday
      • Mets at Yankees
      Sunday
      • Mets at Yankees

      The Mets started the season very slow, but have picked it up as of late as they approach .500. The Yankees are on the opposite trajectory after a hot start, but you can throw the records out the window as these teams meet in their annual Subway Series clash. The first installment of 2011 takes place in the Bronx, where Yankee Stadium is a short subway ride from Manhattan.

      Also see: New York City Guide

      8. Los Angeles-San Diego

      Friday
      • Braves at Angels
      • Mariners at Padres
      Saturday
      • Braves at Angels
      • Mariners at Padres
      • Galaxy at Chivas USA
      Sunday
      • Braves at Angels
      • Mariners at Padres

      As cities across the country see cross-town teams facing off interleague play, the Dodgers and Angels will not be facing off in LA. The Angels and Padres will both be in action, hosting the Braves and Mariners, respectively. The cross-town matchup taking place actually involves two MLS teams, as the Galaxy face their neighbors, Chivas USA.

      Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

      9. Philadelphia

      Friday
      • Rangers at Phillies
      Saturday
      • Rangers at Phillies
      • Fire at Union
      Sunday
      • Rangers at Phillies

      The defending AL champion Rangers were led by Cliff Lee on their way to the World Series last year. Lee now plays for the Phillies, the NL favorite, who host the Rangers for a three game set at Citizens Bank Park. At PPL Park nearby, the Union host the Chicago Fire in MLS action.

      10. Chicago

      Friday
      • Dodgers at White Sox
      Saturday
      • Dodgers at White Sox
      Sunday
      • Dodgers at White Sox

      With the Bulls and Cubs on the road, the White Sox take over the Windy City, and welcome the Dodgers to The Cell. LA-Chicago matchups are always compelling, and this one figures to be no different.

      Also see: Chicago City Guide

      Top Sports Power Weekends By City: May

      Monday, May 2nd, 2011



      Below are the top Sports Power Weekend options in 30+ major cities in North America. They are ordered in market size and often include cities and towns surrounding the major metropolitan area. To find a specific city, press Command+F and type in the city name.

      If you are interested in discussing offerings to any of these cities for any of these weekends, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com for more information.

      1.    NEW YORK

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Dodgers at Mets
      Saturday
      • Dodgers at Mets
      Sunday
      • Dodgers at Mets
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Red Sox at Yankees
      Saturday
      • Red Sox at Yankees
      Sunday
      • Red Sox at Yankees
      • Chivas USA at Red Bulls
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Mets at Yankees
      Saturday
      • Mets at Yankees
      Sunday
      • Mets at Yankees
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Phillies at Mets
      Saturday
      • Phillies at Mets
      Sunday
      • Phillies at Mets

      2.    LOS ANGELES-SAN DIEGO

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Indians at Angels
      • Diamondbacks at Padres
      Saturday
      • Indians at Angels
      • Diamondbacks at Padres
      • Red Bulls at Galaxy
      Sunday
      • Indians at Angels
      • Diamondbacks at Padres
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Diamondbacks at Dodgers
      Saturday
      • Diamondbacks at Dodgers
      • Sporting KC at Galaxy
      Sunday
      • Diamondbacks at Dodgers
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Braves at Angels
      • Mariners at Padres
      Saturday
      • Braves at Angels
      • Mariners at Padres
      • Galaxy at Chivas USA
      Sunday
      • Braves at Angels
      • Mariners at Padres
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Marlins at Dodgers
      Saturday
      • Marlins at Dodgers
      Sunday
      • Marlins at Dodgers

      3.    CHICAGO

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Reds at Cubs
      Saturday
      • Reds at Cubs
      • Whitecaps at Fire
      Sunday
      • Reds at Cubs
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Giants at Cubs
      Saturday
      • Giants at Cubs
      Sunday
      • Giants at Cubs
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Dodgers at White Sox
      Saturday
      • Dodgers at White Sox
      Sunday
      • Dodgers at White Sox
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Pirates at Cubs
      Saturday
      • Pirates at Cubs
      • Earthquakes at Fire
      Sunday
      • Pirates at Cubs

      4.    PHILADELPHIA

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Braves at Phillies
      Saturday
      • Braves at Phillies
      Sunday
      • Braves at Phillies
      • Bruins at Flyers (Game 5)
      May 13-15 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Rangers at Phillies
      Saturday
      • Rangers at Phillies
      • Fire at Union
      Sunday
      • Rangers at Phillies
      May 27-29 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday

      5.    DALLAS

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Lakers at Mavericks (Game 3)
      • Yankees at Rangers
      Saturday
      • Yankees at Rangers
      Sunday
      • Lakers at Mavericks (Game 4)
      • Yankees at Rangers
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Angels at Rangers
      Saturday
      • Angels at Rangers
      • Union at FC Dallas
      Sunday
      • Angels at Rangers
      May 20-22 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      • Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Royals at Rangers
      Saturday
      • Royals at Rangers
      Sunday
      • Royals at Rangers

      6.    SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND-SAN JOSE-SACRAMENTO

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Rockies at Giants
      Saturday
      • Rockies at Giants
      Sunday
      • Rockies at Giants
      • Red Wings at Sharks (Game 5)
      May 13-15 Friday
      • White Sox at Athletics
      Saturday
      • White Sox at Athletics
      • Crew at Earthquakes
      Sunday
      • White Sox at Athletics
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Athletics at Giants
      Saturday
      • Athletics at Giants
      • Revolution at Earthquakes
      Sunday
      • Athletics at Giants
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Orioles at Athletics
      Saturday
      • Orioles at Athletics
      Sunday
      • Orioles at Athletics

      7.    BOSTON- HARTFORD-PROVIDENCE

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Twins at Red Sox
      • Flyers at Bruins (Game 4)
      Saturday
      • Twins at Red Sox
      • Heat at Celtics (Game 3)
      • Rapids at Revolution
      Sunday
      • Twins at Red Sox
      May 13-15 Friday
      Saturday
      • Whitecaps at Revolution
      Sunday
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Cubs at Red Sox
      Saturday
      • Cubs at Red Sox
      Sunday
      • Cubs at Red Sox
      May 27-29 Friday
      Saturday
      • Galaxy at Revolution
      Sunday

      8.    ATLANTA

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Bulls at Hawks (Game 3)
      Saturday
      Sunday
      • Bulls at Hawks (Game 4)
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Phillies at Braves
      Saturday
      • Phillies at Braves
      Sunday
      • Phillies at Braves
      May 20-22 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Reds at Braves
      Saturday
      • Reds at Braves
      Sunday
      • Reds at Braves

      9.    WASHINGTON, DC-BALTIMORE

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Rays at Orioles
      Saturday
      • Rays at Orioles
      • Lightning at Capitals (Game 5)
      • FC Dallas at DC United
      Sunday
      • Rays at Orioles
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Marlins at Nationals
      Saturday
      • Marlins at Nationals
      • Rapids at DC United
      Sunday
      • Marlins at Nationals
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Nationals at Orioles
      Saturday
      • Nationals at Orioles
      • Preakness Stakes
      Sunday
      • Nationals at Orioles
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Padres at Nationals
      Saturday
      • Padres at Nationals
      Sunday
      • Padres at Nationals

      10.  HOUSTON

      May 6-8 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Mets at Astros
      Saturday
      • Mets at Astros
      Sunday
      • Mets at Astros
      May 20-22 Friday
      Saturday
      • Red Bulls at Dynamo
      Sunday
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Diamondbacks at Astros
      Saturday
      • Diamondbacks at Astros
      • FC Dallas at Dynamo
      Sunday
      • Diamondbacks at Astros

      11.  DETROIT

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Sharks at Red Wings (Game 4)
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Royals at Tigers
      Saturday
      • Royals at Tigers
      Sunday
      • Royals at Tigers
      May 20-22 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Red Sox at Tigers
      Saturday
      • Red Sox at Tigers
      Sunday
      • Red Sox at Tigers

      12.  PHOENIX

      May 6-8 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 13-15 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Twins at Diamondbacks
      Saturday
      • Twins at Diamondbacks
      Sunday
      • Twins at Diamondbacks
      May 27-29 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday

      13.  TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG-ORLANDO

      May 6-8 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Orioles at Rays
      Saturday
      • Orioles at Rays
      Sunday
      • Orioles at Rays
      May 20-22 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Indians at Rays
      Saturday
      • Indians at Rays
      Sunday
      • Indians at Rays

      14.  SEATTLE-VANCOUVER, BC

      May 6-8 Friday
      • White Sox at Mariners
      Saturday
      • White Sox at Mariners
      • Predators at Canucks (Game 5)
      Sunday
      • White Sox at Mariners
      May 13-15 Friday
      Saturday
      • Timbers at Sounders
      Sunday
      May 20-22 Friday
      Saturday
      • Sporting KC at Sounders
      Sunday
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Yankees at Mariners
      Saturday
      • Yankees at Mariners
      • Red Bulls at Whitecaps
      Sunday
      • Yankees at Mariners

      15.  SEATTLE-PORTLAND, OR

      May 6-8 Friday
      • White Sox at Mariners
      • Union at Timbers
      Saturday
      • White Sox at Mariners
      Sunday
      • White Sox at Mariners
      May 13-15 Friday
      Saturday
      • Timbers at Sounders
      Sunday
      May 20-22 Friday
      Saturday
      • Sporting KC at Sounders
      • Crew at Timbers
      Sunday
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Yankees at Mariners
      Saturday
      • Yankees at Mariners
      Sunday
      • Yankees at Mariners
      • DC United at Timbers

      16. MINNEAPOLIS

      May 6-8 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Blue Jays at Twins
      Saturday
      • Blue Jays at Twins
      Sunday
      • Blue Jays at Twins
      May 20-22 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Angels at Twins
      Saturday
      • Angels at Twins
      Sunday
      • Angels at Twins

      17.  MIAMI

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Nationals at Marlins
      Saturday
      • Nationals at Marlins
      Sunday
      • Nationals at Marlins
      May 13-15 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Rays at Marlins
      Saturday
      • Rays at Marlins
      Sunday
      • Rays at Marlins
      May 27-29 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday

      18.  CLEVELAND-COLUMBUS

      May 6-8 Friday
      Saturday
      • Sounders at Crew
      Sunday
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Mariners at Indians
      Saturday
      • Mariners at Indians
      Sunday
      • Mariners at Indians
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Reds at Indians
      Saturday
      • Reds at Indians
      Sunday
      • Reds at Indians
      May 27-29 Friday
      Saturday
      • Chivas USA at Crew
      Sunday

      19.  DENVER

      May 6-8 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Padres at Rockies
      Saturday
      • Padres at Rockies
      Sunday
      • Padres at Rockies
      May 20-22 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      • Toronto FC at Rapids
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Cardinals at Rockies
      Saturday
      • Cardinals at Rockies
      • Sporting KC at Rapids
      Sunday
      • Cardinals at Rockies

      20.  ST. LOUIS

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Brewers at Cardinals
      Saturday
      • Brewers at Cardinals
      Sunday
      • Brewers at Cardinals
      May 13-15 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 20-22 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 27-29 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday

      21.  PITTSBURGH

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Astros at Pirates
      Saturday
      • Astros at Pirates
      Sunday
      • Astros at Pirates
      May 13-15 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Tigers at Pirates
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 27-29 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday

      22.  KANSAS CITY

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Athletics at Royals
      Saturday
      • Athletics at Royals
      Sunday
      • Athletics at Royals
      May 13-15 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Cardinals at Royals
      Saturday
      • Cardinals at Royals
      Sunday
      • Cardinals at Royals
      May 27-29 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday

      23.  SALT LAKE CITY

      May 6-8 Friday
      Saturday
      • Chivas USA at Real Salt Lake
      Sunday
      May 13-15 Friday
      Saturday
      • Dynamo at Real Salt Lake
      Sunday
      May 20-22 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 27-29 Friday
      Saturday
      • Sounders at Real Salt Lake
      Sunday

      24.  CINCINNATI-LOUISVILLE

      May 6-8 Friday
      Saturday
      • Kentucky Derby
      Sunday
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Cardinals at Reds
      Saturday
      • Cardinals at Reds
      Sunday
      • Cardinals at Reds
      May 20-22 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 27-29 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday

      25.  MILWAUKEE-GREEN BAY-MADISON

      May 6-8 Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      May 13-15 Friday
      • Pirates at Brewers
      Saturday
      • Pirates at Brewers
      Sunday
      • Pirates at Brewers
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Rockies at Brewers
      Saturday
      • Rockies at Brewers
      Sunday
      • Rockies at Brewers
      May 27-29 Friday
      • Giants at Brewers
      Saturday
      • Giants at Brewers
      Sunday
      • Giants at Brewers

      26.  BUFFALO-TORONTO

      May 6-8 Friday
      • Tigers at Blue Jays
      Saturday
      • Tigers at Blue Jays
      • Dynamo at Toronto FC
      Sunday
      • Tigers at Blue Jays
      May 13-15 Friday
      Saturday
      • Fire at Toronto FC
      Sunday
      May 20-22 Friday
      • Astros at Blue Jays
      Saturday
      • Astros at Blue Jays
      Sunday
      • Astros at Blue Jays
      May 27-29 Friday
      • White Sox at Blue Jays
      Saturday
      • White Sox at Blue Jays
      • Union at Toronto FC
      Sunday
      • White Sox at Blue Jays

      Top Sports Power Weekends: May 6-8

      Monday, May 2nd, 2011



      Round Two of both the NBA and NHL playoffs are now underway, and the first month of the baseball season is in the rearview mirror.  Compelling matchups are abound in these playoffs, no more evident than in Boston as the Miami Heat travel to continue perhaps the most anticipated second round matchup in NBA playoff history. The great weekends don’t end in Boston, however.

      I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of May 6-8. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

      1. Boston

      Friday
      • Flyers at Bruins (Game 4)
      • Twins at Red Sox
      Saturday
      • Heat at Celtics (Game 3)
      • Twins at Red Sox
      • Rapids at Revolution
      Sunday
      • Twins at Red Sox

      Boston keeps churning out incredible Sports Power Weekend opportunities as the Bruins and Celtics advance in the playoffs. Once again, these teams overlap with a Red Sox series at Fenway to create a sports trifecta in Beantown.

      Also see: Boston City Guide

      2. Dallas

      Friday
      • Lakers at Mavericks (Game 3)
      • Yankees at Rangers
      Saturday
      • Yankees at Rangers
      Sunday
      • Lakers at Mavericks (Game 4)
      • Yankees at Rangers

      Two of the most successful teams in American pro sports history descend upon Dallas this weekend as the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Dallas Mavericks for Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference Semifinals series, and the New York Yankees look to avenge their loss at the hands of the Texas Rangers in the ALCS last year. Both the American Airlines Center and the Ballpark in Arlington will be rocking this weekend.

      Also see: Dallas City Guide

      3. Louisville

      Friday
      Saturday
      • Kentucky Derby
      Sunday

      The pageantry and history of the Kentucky Derby will be on full display as the first leg of the Triple Crown gets underway in Louisville at Churchill Downs. This field is wide open, which will only add the allure of the race often referred to as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”

      4. Atlanta

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

        Fresh off their takedown of the Orlando Magic in Round 1, the Atlanta Hawks hope to keep the momentum going strong as they face the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Bulls will visit Philips Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday, making Atlanta a focus of the NBA’s eyes.

        Also see: Atlanta City Guide

        5. Philadelphia

        Friday
        • Braves at Phillies
        Saturday
        • Braves at Phillies
        Sunday
        • Bruins at Flyers (Game 5)
        • Braves at Phillies

        Philadelphia fans contributed to an amazing feat last Saturday, showing up 132,000 strong to sporting events in the area, including the Penn Relays and games by the Flyers, Phillies and Union. This weekend a pivotal Game 5 between the Bruins and Flyers will highlight the slate, which also includes NL East rivals meeting at Citizens Bank Park.

        6. Washington, D.C.

        Friday
        • Rays at Orioles
        Saturday
        • Lightning at Capitals (Game 5)
        • Rays at Orioles
        • FC Dallas at DC United
        Sunday
        • Rays at Orioles

        Tampa Bay fans that love their teams should be making their way to the nation’s capital for this amazing scheduling coincidence. The Rays will be in Baltimore for a three-game set with the Orioles, and meanwhile in Washington, D.C. the Lightning will visit the Capitals for an all-important Game 5 at the Verizon Center. Also on Saturday, DC United hosts FC Dallas in MLS action.

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

        7. Bay Area

        Friday
        • Rockies at Giants
        Saturday
        • Rockies at Giants
        Sunday
        • Red Wings at Sharks (Game 5)
        • Rockies at Giants

        The Shark Tank lived up to its moniker as the Red Wings were eaten alive in San Jose in Games 1 and 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal series. The Sharks welcome the Wings back to the Bay Area for Game 5. Meanwhile, the defending World Series champs take on the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park in an NL West showdown.

        Also see: Bay Area City Guide

        8. Memphis

        Friday
        Saturday
        • Thunder at Grizzlies (Game 3)
        Sunday

        Fans in Memphis have proven to be a pivotal factor in these NBA playoffs as they willed their team to a first-round upset over the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. By having already stolen home-court advantage away from Oklahoma City, the Grizzlies look to capitalize starting with Game 3 at FedEx Forum. Beale Street will be on fire this weekend.

        9. Toronto

        Friday
        • Tigers at Blue Jays
        Saturday
        • Dynamo at Toronto FC
        • Tigers at Blue Jays
        Sunday
        • Tigers at Blue Jays

        The Tigers make the trip from the Great Lakes through Ontario to Toronto where they take on the Blue Jays for a weekend set. On Saturday, the Houston Dynamo will visit Toronto FC in some MLS action to make this an even more worthwhile sports weekend in our neighbor to the north.

        10. Los Angeles

        Friday
        • Indians at Angels
        Saturday
        • Red Bulls at Galaxy
        • Indians at Angels
        Sunday
        • Indians at Angels

        It is hard to keep Los Angeles off this list, and they close out this week by offering a series between the surprises of the early MLB season, the Cleveland Indians, and the Angels in Anaheim. Nearby, the NY-LA feud takes the pitch as the Red Bulls travel to take on the Galaxy.

        Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

        Top Sports Power Weekends: April 8-10

        Monday, April 4th, 2011



        Major League Baseball enters its second weekend with plenty more home openers, and the NHL concludes its regular season. With college basketball behind us, college hockey championships take the ice this weekend, and the NBA nears its regular season end. There is plenty on the line in sports this weekend, and plenty of great Sports Power Weekend options born out of that.

        I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of April 8-10. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

        1. Atlanta

        Friday
        • The Masters
        • Phillies at Braves
        • Hurricanes at Thrashers
        Saturday
        • The Masters
        • Phillies at Braves
        Sunday
        • The Masters
        • Phillies at Braves
        • Penguins at Thrashers

        Only the British Open can rival the tradition and prestige of The Masters in the world of professional golf. Augusta is the place to be on Sunday in particular, but the Atlanta area also offers the Braves at home against the NL favorite Philadelphia Phillies, and the Thrashers concluding the regular season at home this weekend.

        Also see: Atlanta City Guide

        2. Boston

        Friday
        • Yankees at Red Sox
        • Wizards at Celtics
        Saturday
        • Yankees at Red Sox
        • Senators at Bruins
        • Real Salt Lake at Revolution
        Sunday
        • Yankees at Red Sox

        The top rivalry in all of baseball, and maybe all of sports, is renewed once again as the 2011 chapter gets started at Fenway Park for the Red Sox home opening weekend. The Celtics welcome the Wizards on Friday night, after the Red Sox game has concluded, fighting for position atop the Eastern Conference. In addition, Saturday the Bruins and MLS Revolution host home games.

        3. Minneapolis

        Thursday
        • Frozen Four
        Friday
        • A’s at Twins
        Saturday
        • NCAA Hockey Finals
        • A’s at Twins
        Sunday
        • A’s at Twins
        • Stars at Wild

        With the NFL labor dispute heading to the courts in Minneapolis starting Wednesday, the Twin Cities will be getting their fair share of publicity. NFL media members (and visiting fans) may be interested in the variety of sporting events being held here this weekend, from the Twins 2011 home opening series to the NCAA Frozen Four. Much of the sports world will have its eyes on Minneapolis this week and weekend.

        Also see: As NFL Labor Dispute Heads to Court, Focus Turns to Minneapolis

        4. Los Angeles-San Diego

        Friday
        • Blue Jays at Angels
        • Dodgers at Padres
        • Kings at Ducks
        Saturday
        • Blue Jays at Angels
        • Dodgers at Padres
        • Ducks at Kings
        • Crew at Chivas USA
        Sunday
        • Blue Jays at Angels
        • Dodgers at Padres

        The two-hour stretch between Los Angeles and San Diego will be littered with sporting events this weekend as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the San Diego Padres host home series, and the Kings and Ducks conclude their regular seasons with a home-and-home series. Also, on Saturday Chivas USA will face the Columbus Crew in MLS action. Even with the Lakers and Clippers out of town, LA is bringing the heat.

        Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

        5. New York

        Friday
        • Nationals at Mets
        • Knicks at Nets
        • Penguins at Islanders
        Saturday
        • Nationals at Mets
        • Devils at Rangers
        Sunday
        • Nationals at Mets
        • Bruins at Devils

        The New York Mets begin their third season at beautiful Citi Field with their home opening weekend against the Washington Nationals. The NHL regular season comes to a close with Rangers and Devils home games, and the Knicks and Nets get to duke it out one more time this season as the NBA nears its regular season conclusion.

        Also see: New York City Guide

        6. San Francisco

        Friday
        • Cardinals at Giants
        Saturday
        • Cardinals at Giants
        • Coyotes at Sharks
        • Toronto FC at Earthquakes
        Sunday
        • Cardinals at Giants
        • Kings at Warriors

        The defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants return to AT&T Park for the first time in 2011 and will have a slew of proceedings such as the World Series ring ceremony and banner unfurling during their home opening weekend against the Cardinals. Additionally, the Sharks conclude their regular season against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Earthquakes take the pitch, and the not-for-long Sacramento Kings face their neighbors in Golden State.

        Also see: San Francisco City Guide

        7. Houston

        Friday
        • Marlins at Astros
        Saturday
        • Marlins at Astros
        • Clippers at Rockets
        Sunday
        • Marlins at Astros
        • Whitecaps at Dynamo

        There is no post-Final Four hangover in Houston. The Astros host their first series at Minute Maid Park in 2011, the Rockets fight for a playoff spot against Blake Griffin and the Clippers on Saturday, and the Houston Dynamo take the field against MLS’ new Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday.

        Also see: Houston City Guide

        8. Washington, D.C.-Baltimore

        Friday
        • Rangers at Orioles
        Saturday
        • Rangers at Orioles
        • Hawks at Wizards
        • Galaxy at DC United
        Sunday
        • Rangers at Orioles

        The Baltimore Orioles and their fans will enjoy some of the most extensive renovations to Camden Yards since its opening in 1992 over the weekend against Texas, the defending AL champs. On Saturday, John Wall and the Wiz host the Hawks, and the LA Galaxy visit DC United in MLS action.

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

        9. Milwaukee

        Friday
        • Cubs at Brewers
        Saturday
        • Cubs at Brewers
        • Cavs at Bucks
        Sunday
        • Cubs at Brewers

        The Brew Crew find themselves as somewhat unlikely favorites in the NL Central, and will face their foe the Chicago Cubs on the season’s second weekend. Saturday will feature Milwaukee’s best as both the Brewers and Bucks are in action.

        10. Seattle

        Friday
        • Indians at Mariners
        Saturday
        • Indians at Mariners
        • Fire at Sounders
        Sunday
        • Indians at Mariners

        The jewel of the Pacific Northwest takes the last spot on this week’s Top 10 with the Mariners hosting the Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Sounders taking the pitch at Qwest Field against the Chicago Fire. The Sounders provide the best home atmosphere in the MLS, and Safeco Field is near the top of the MLB stadiums and ballparks, so this is a weekend you won’t want to miss in Seattle.

        Top 10 Sports Power Weekends: December 17-19

        Thursday, December 16th, 2010

        As December reaches its mid-point, the NFL reaches its stretch run, the NBA and NHL hit their stride, and college basketball approaches conference play. This overlap creates a plethora of Sports Power Weekend options. I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of December 17-19. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.
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