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Top NFL-College Football Sports Power Weekends in 2012

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012


There are so many great NFL-college football weekends each fall that it is hard to pare down the list. Nonetheless, here are, in my opinion, the 50 best NFL-college football Sports Power Weekends of 2012. The main criteria for this list was that it must include an NFL and college game. There are plenty of great weekends in September that feature MLB games with a great NFL or college game, but I wanted to highlight weekends that included at least two different football games.

I’d love to hear your feedback if you think I am overlooking a great weekend, or ranked one too high.

For more information about planning or booking a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact Jared Cooper at Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com, (646) 397-5350, or via twitter at @SportsPowerWknd.

1. Chicago, September 21-23

Friday
  • St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Saturday
  • Michigan at Notre Dame
Sunday
  • Rams at Bears

Wrigley Field, Notre Dame Stadium and Soldier Field during one incredible weekend based out of the Windy City. Sign me up!

2. New York, September 5-9

Wednesday
  • Cowboys at Giants (NFL Kickoff Game)
  • US Open Tennis
Thursday
  • US Open Tennis
Friday
  • Atlanta Braves at NY Mets
  • US Open Tennis
Saturday
  • USC vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium
  • US Open Tennis (Women’s Final)
Sunday
  • Bills at Jets (Home Opener)
  • US Open Tennis (Men’s Final)


Three games at MetLife Stadium on this weekend, including the first game of the 2012 season featuring the defending Super Bowl champs against their bitter rival, the Jets home opener, and Heisman and top pick front-runner Matt Barkley from USC. Also see Citi Field on Friday as the Mets host the Braves.

3. New Orleans, November 3-5

Saturday
  • Alabama at LSU
Sunday
Monday
  • Eagles at Saints (Monday Night)

A rematch of last year’s National Championship Game with the winner in great position to win the SEC West takes places on Saturday in Baton Rouge. On Monday night at the Superdome, the Saints host the Eagles in an NFC showdown.

4. Los Angeles-San Diego, November 24-25

Saturday
  • Notre Dame at USC
  • Stanford at UCLA
Sunday
  • Ravens at Chargers

The historic rivalry between Notre Dame and USC leads us to the Coliseum. A day later and two hours south, two perennial AFC heavyweights face off in San Diego. A nice Thanksgiving weekend in southern California.

5. Dallas, November 22-24

Thursday
  • Redskins at Cowboys (Thanksgiving)
Friday
Saturday
  • TCU at Texas
  • Baylor vs. Texas Tech (Cowboys Stadium)

Another great Thanksgiving option, this time in the heart of Texas. The Cowboys continue their Thanksgiving tradition, this time hosting their division rivals. On Saturday in Austin, TCU and Texas clash in the newly-remodeled Big XII. Cowboys Stadium will also host Baylor and Texas Tech on Saturday. (more…)

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 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 3-5

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011



The NBA and NHL Finals are in full swing this weekend in Dallas and Vancouver as the Miami Heat visit the Mavericks and the Canucks host the Boston Bruins. Meanwhile, in addition to MLS games, soccer international friendlies and even meaningful tournament games take place throughout the country. Mix that will America’s pastime as we enter the month of June, and you have got yourself some top notch SPW options this weekend.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of June 3-5. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Dallas

Friday
Saturday
  • Revolution at FC Dallas
Sunday
  • Heat at Mavericks (Game 3)
  • Gold Cup at Cowboys Stadium (Costa Rica vs. Cuba; Mexico vs. El Salvador)

There is action on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium, but it is of the futbol variety rather than football. The Gold Cup gets underway with two matches, but Sunday’s real strength is the NBA Finals Game 3 between the Mavericks and Heat at the American Airlines Center. Dallas is still bitter about their Finals loss to the Heat in 2006, and they will be ready to make their voices heard as the series comes home.

Also see: Dallas City Guide

2. Vancouver-Seattle

Friday
  • Rays at Mariners
Saturday
  • Bruins at Canucks (Game 2)
  • Rays at Mariners
Sunday
  • Rays at Mariners

About a three-hour drive and a national border separate Vancouver and Seattle, but that shouldn’t stop any potential international SPWers. The Mariners host the Rays at Safeco all weekend, but Saturday is reserved for the hockey fans. The Stanley Cup Finals will be played not far from Stanley Park, as the Canucks make their first trip back since 1994 and host the Boston Bruins in Vancouver. Game 2 will take place over the weekend before the series heads to Boston for Games 3 and 4.

3. Boston

Friday
  • A’s at Red Sox
Saturday
  • USA vs. Spain (Gillette Stadium)
  • A’s at Red Sox
Sunday
  • A’s at Red Sox

The resurgent Red Sox are tied atop the AL East after a tough start to the season. They will welcome the Oakland A’s to Fenway Park for a weekend set. Meanwhile, Gillette Stadium will be buzzing on Saturday as the defending World Cup Champs from Spain travel to Foxboro to take on the Americans in an international soccer friendly. Uncle Sam’s Army will be out in full force to cheer on our men.

Also see: Boston City Guide

4. Los Angeles-San Diego

Friday
  • Yankees at Angels
  • Astros at Padres
  • DC United at Galaxy
Saturday
  • Yankees at Angels
  • Astros at Padres
  • Timbers at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • Yankees at Angels
  • Astros at Padres

With both the Angels and Padres home for the weekend an ambitious sports fan can catch both American and National League action in southern California. Additionally, both LA-based MLS teams are home as the Galaxy host DC United on Friday and the Portland Timbers travel to Chivas USA on Saturday.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

5. New York

Friday
  • Braves at Mets
Saturday
  • Braves at Mets
  • Crew at Red Bulls
Sunday
  • Braves at Mets

The Mets host their NL East rivals over the weekend before heading out for a long road trip. While on the road, Citi Field will host its first soccer match, and friendly between Greece and Ecuador on Tuesday, June 7. At Red Bull Arena on Saturday, the Red Bulls host Columbus in Harrison, New Jersey.

Also see: New York City Guide

6. Chicago

Friday
  • Tigers at White Sox
Saturday
  • Tigers at White Sox
  • Sounders at Fire
Sunday
  • Tigers at White Sox

The White Sox have the Windy City to themselves with the Cubs out of town, and they’ll host the Tigers at The Cell over the weekend. These two teams are fighting for positioning behind Cleveland in the AL Central. Out at Toyota Park, the Fire host the Seattle Sounders in an MLS matchup.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

7. San Francisco

Friday
  • Rockies at Giants
Saturday
  • Rockies at Giants
  • Dynamo at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Rockies at Giants

Yet another MLB and MLS weekend comes together as the defending World Series champs host NL West rival Colorado at AT&T Park. San Francisco is challenging for the division lead and the Rockies are clawing back to .500. Down in San Jose, the Quakes host the Houston Dynamo, rounding out this Bay Area SPW.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

8. St. Louis

Friday
  • Cubs at Cardinals
Saturday
  • Cubs at Cardinals
Sunday
  • Cubs at Cardinals

It is hard to determine which matchup in St. Louis will be more hostile this weekend: the labor dispute between the NFL owners and players, or the NL Central rivalry between the Cubs and Cardinals. Busch Stadium will play host to the baseball rivalry as the Cardinals aim to increase their division lead.

Also see: Next NFL Labor Twist Takes us to St. Louis

9. Cleveland

Friday
  • Rangers at Indians
  • The Memorial Tournament (Dublin, OH)
Saturday
  • Rangers at Indians
  • The Memorial Tournament (Dublin, OH)
Sunday
  • Rangers at Indians
  • The Memorial Tournament (Dublin, OH)

The AL-best Indians host the defending AL Champs as the Rangers travel to Progressive Field. Meanwhile near Columbus in Dublin, Ohio, Buckeye fans will turn to the PGA’s Memorial Tournament to take their mind off of the Ohio State scandal.

10. Pittsburgh

Friday
  • Phillies at Pirates
Saturday
  • Phillies at Pirates
Sunday
  • Phillies at Pirates

The in-state battle between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates will start another chapter at PNC Park, rated as the top ballpark in Major League Baseball. The Pirates are just below .500 on the season, while the Phillies own the top record in all of baseball.

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: April

Tuesday, March 29th, 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

April 1-3 Thursday
  • Tigers at Yankees (Opening Day)
  • NIT Finals
Friday
  • Flyers at Devils
Saturday
  • Tigers at Yankees
  • Hurricanes at Islanders
  • Canadiens at Devils
  • Dynamo at Red Bulls
Sunday
  • Tigers at Yankees
  • Cavaliers at Knicks
  • Heat at Nets
April 8-10 Friday
  • Nationals at Mets
  • Knicks at Nets
  • Penguins at Islanders
Saturday
  • Nationals at Mets
  • Devils at Rangers
Sunday
  • Nationals at Mets
  • Bruins at Devils
April 15-17 Friday
  • Rangers at Yankees
Saturday
  • Rangers at Yankees
  • Earthquakes at Red Bulls
Sunday
  • Rangers at Yankees
April 22-24 Friday
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
Sunday
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
April 29-May 1 Friday
  • Raptors at Yankees
  • NFL Draft (Day 2)
Saturday
  • Raptors at Yankees
  • Sporting KC at Red Bulls
  • NFL Draft (Day 3)
Sunday
  • Raptors at Yankees

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Top Sports Power Weekends: March 17-20

Thursday, March 17th, 2011



The NCAA Tournament is finally here! Not only do eight cities get the enviable task of hosting first weekend March Madness action, but in many cases those cities also have games in other sports on the docket as well. The NBA and NHL are in their final month, Spring Training is in its final weeks, and now the MLS is underway. This feels like the first weekend of the spring, and it brings a smile to my face.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of March 17-20. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1.     Tucson

Thursday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   Temple vs. Penn State (2:10 PM)

o   SDSU vs. Northern Colorado

o   Wisconsin vs. Belmont (7:27 PM)

o   Kansas St. vs. Utah St.

  • Spring Training
Friday
  • Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Chicago Blackhawks at Phoenix Coyotes
  • Spring Training

Tucson, home of the Arizona Wildcats, is a two-hour ride to the Phoenix area where Cactus League baseball action is taking place, but with Friday and Sunday free this weekend offers a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. NCAA Tournament games on Thursday and Saturday and Spring Training on Friday or Sunday; what could be better?

2.     Washington, D.C.

Thursday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   Butler vs. Old Dominion (12:40 PM)

o   Pittsburgh vs. UNC Asheville

o   UConn vs. Bucknell (7:20 PM)

o   Cincinnati vs. Missouri

Friday
Saturday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32
  • Columbus Crew at DC United
Sunday
  • New Jersey Nets at Washington Wizards

The Verizon Center will show off its stuff this weekend with Thursday and Saturday NCAA Tournament action and a Washington Wizards game on Saturday. The first pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, no stranger to NCAA Tournament action, will be on display as the New Jersey Nets come to town to face John Wall’s Wizards squad.

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

3.     Tampa

Thursday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   West Virginia vs. Clemson (12:15 PM)

o   Kentucky vs. Princeton

o   Florida vs. UC-Santa Barbara (6:50 PM)

o   UCLA vs. Michigan State

  • Spring Training
  • PGA Transitions Championship
Friday
  • Denver Nuggets at Orlando Magic
  • Spring Training
  • PGA Transitions Championship
Saturday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32
  • Spring Training
  • PGA Transitions Championship
Sunday
  • Spring Training
  • PGA Transitions Championship

This weekend is similar to the Tucson weekend in that off days can be spent attending Spring Training, in this case Grapefruit League. It differs in that the New York Yankees are only 15 minutes from the St. Pete Times Forum, and driving to Orlando for the Magic game would take about and hour and a half. Additionally, the Transitions Championship is being held in Palm Harbor, just outside of Tampa. NCAA Tournament, Spring Training and the final round of a PGA event might be the best offering of the weekend.

4.     Los Angeles

Friday
  • Timberwolves at Lakers
Saturday
  • Cavs at Clippers
  • Ducks at Kings
  • Sporting KC at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • Trail Blazers at Lakers
  • Suns at Clippers
  • Revolution at Galaxy

The Lakers and the Blakers are both home twice – including a Staples Center doubleheader on Sunday – and the MLS Galaxy and Chivas USA have first weekend home dates as well. As we approach spring this becomes one of the remaining weekends where we can all appreciate the LA weather.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

5.     Denver

Thursday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   Louisville vs. Morehead St (1:40 PM)

o   Vanderbilt vs. Richmond

o   BYU vs. Wofford (7:15 PM)

o   St. John’s vs. Gonzaga

Friday
  • Portland Timbers at Colorado Rapids
Saturday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32
Sunday

Denver is the last of the Thursday & Saturday sites, offering some action in the Pepsi Center. Friday features an MLS debut, as the Portland Timbers play their first-ever game against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in nearby Commerce City.

6.     Chicago

Friday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   Notre Dame vs. Akron (1:40 PM)

o   Texas A&M vs. Florida St.

o   Purdue vs. St. Peter’s (7:20 PM)

o   Georgetown vs. VCU

Saturday
Sunday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32


There may not be any sporting events in Chicago aside from the Tournament at the United Center, but it is Chicago. There is no shortage of things to do here. Even without additional games this is one of the best sites in the first two rounds.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

7.     Cleveland

Friday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   George Mason vs. Villanova (2:10 PM)

o   Ohio St. vs. UTSA/Alabama St. winner

o   Xavier vs. Marquette (7:27 PM)

o   Syracuse vs. Indiana St.

Saturday
Sunday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32
  • New Jersey Nets at Columbus Blue Jackets

A week after the MAC Tournament, Quicken Loans Arena is read once again for its close-up. Sunday features a Blue Jackets game in Columbus, two and a half hours from Cleveland, so staying in town and enjoying the games is probably your best bet.

8.     Charlotte

Friday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   Michigan vs. Tennessee (12:40 PM)

o   Duke vs. Hampton

o   North Carolina vs. Long Island (7:15 PM)

o   Washington vs. Georgia

  • New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes
Saturday
Sunday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32

Similar to Cleveland, the hockey game is probably too far away to make it worth your while, but staying in Charlotte is no consolation prize. While in town check out the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Saturday on the Tournament off day.

9.     Tulsa

Friday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   Texas vs. Oakland (12:15 PM)

o   Arizona vs. Memphis

o   Kansas vs. BU (6:50 PM)

o   UNLV vs. Illinois

  • Charlotte Bobcats at Oklahoma City Thunder
Saturday
Sunday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32
  • Toronto Raptors at Oklahoma City Thunder

Tulsa is situated an hour and 45 minutes northeast of Oklahoma City, so it is feasible to check out the state capital and the state’s most influential person. No, not the governor; I’m taking about Kevin Durant. Check out the Thunder if possible to see one of the game’s brightest stars in person.

10. Vancouver

Friday
  • Coyotes at Canucks
Saturday
  • Toronto FC at Whitecaps
Sunday

The Vancouver Whitecaps play their first-ever MLS game as they host Toronto FC at Empire Field. With Portland entering the MLS and the Seattle Sounders already one of the most successful teams from a fan perspective, the Pacific Northwest rivalry will be very heated an intense between those three teams. Fans will get their first glimpse on Saturday following a Canucks home game against Phoenix on Friday.

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.

Top Five Sports Power Weekends: December 24-26

Monday, December 20th, 2010


Christmas weekend does not offer a great deal of Sports Power Weekends, but there are still some great travel options out there. With college basketball taking a study break, it is up to Week 16 of the NFL, the NBA and NHL to carry up the SPW flag.

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

1. Pittsburgh –> Cleveland

Thursday
  • Panthers at Steelers
Friday
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (Canton)
Saturday
Sunday
  • Ravens at Browns
  • Timberwolves at Cavaliers


This Sport Power Weekend requires a bit of flexibility and creativity. Starting in Pittsburgh, catch the Panthers-Steelers game on Thursday night at Heinz Field. Friday morning make the two-hour drive to the birthplace of football, Canton, Ohio. Tour the Pro Football Hall of Fame and catch up on your NFL history. Either later on Friday or Saturday morning, drive one hour to Cleveland for the rest of the weekend. Saturday is an open day; you can visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens visit their old home and take on the Cleveland Browns. Football and family (or friends) on a holiday weekend sounds nice.

2. Oakland

Friday
Saturday
  • Trailblazers at Warriors
Sunday
  • Colts at Raiders


The Bay Area provides a nice one-two punch with the Warriors hosting the Portland Trailblazers at Oracle Arena, followed by Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts trekking into the Black Hole. Bring out your spiky shoulder pads with the insulated lining.

3. Los Angeles

Friday
Saturday
  • Heat at Lakers
Sunday
  • Suns at Clippers
  • Ducks at Kings


The term “White Christmas” doesn’t mean much in southern California. Expect it to be 75 and sunny, an apt climate for a weekend visit by the Heat and Suns. One of the most anticipated NBA games of the season takes place on Christmas day as LeBron, Wade and Bosh invade the Staples Center. It is up to Kobe and Pau Gasol to hold court as the Lakers host the Miami Heat. Sunday sees two of the most exciting players in the league on the same court: Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns and Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers.

4. Tampa Bay/Orlando

Friday
Saturday
  • Celtics at Magic
Sunday
  • Seahawks at Buccaneers


Another anticipated Xmas NBA matchup takes place in Orlando as the “Big 4” of the Boston Celtics visit Dwight Howard and the Magic at the newly minted Amway Center. On Sunday, an hour and a half southwest of Orlando the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Seattle Seahawks, a game with NFC playoff implications, at Raymond James Stadium.

5. New York

Friday
Saturday
  • Bulls at Knicks
Sunday
  • Maple Leafs at Devils
  • Canadiens at Islanders
  • Richmond at Seton Hall


With the Knicks making a resurgence and becoming relevant in New York again, this game on Saturday against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden has meaning for just about the first time since Michael Jordan’s second retirement. On Sunday, check out the comfortable confines of the Prudential Center in Newark, an easy train ride from Manhattan, to catch the Devils host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Honorable Mention:

The best of the rest are “one-off” Sports Power Weekends. Sunday in each of these cities brings a significant NFL game in a great city to visit during the holiday weekend. Unless Miami is your choice here, make sure you bundle up!

Chicago

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Jets at Bears
  • Blue Jackets at Blackhawks


Green Bay

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Giants at Packers


Miami

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Lions at Dolphins


Denver

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Texans at Broncos


Philadelphia

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Vikings at Eagles