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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: Detroit

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012



(Palace of Auburn Hills; Thursday, October 18)

THE PLAYERS

  • Pete Sampras
  • John McEnroe
  • Jimmy Connors
  • 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

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 the “Buy Now” button for the experience you would like to reserve!

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


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Event Schedule (Palace of Auburn Hills; Thursday, October 18)

  • 3:00 PM — VIP Sponsor Clinic #1 with Connors/Courier (VIP Upgrade required)
  • 4:00 PM — VIP Sponsor Clinic #2 with McEnroe/Sampras (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 (McEnroe vs Connors)
  • 8:15 PM — Semi-final #2 (Sampras vs Courier)
  • 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 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 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 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: 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 4-6

Monday, February 28th, 2011



March Madness kicks off with rivalry games all throughout college basketball, as well as some big-time NBA games. Spring Training is also in full swing, making destinations in Florida and Arizona even more desirable than they usually are during the winter.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of March 4-6. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. New York

Friday
  • Cavaliers at Knicks
  • Penguins at Devils
Saturday
  • Blues at Islanders
  • USF at St. John’s
  • Marquette at Seton Hall
Sunday
  • Flyers at Rangers
  • Devils at Islanders


The new-look Knicks have made Madison Square Garden the hottest place to be once again in Manhattan. They’ll continue that momentum with a Friday night date against the Cleveland Cavaliers, before the Garden takes a night off of sporting events with a Bon Jovi concert on Saturday, and returns to action with Rangers-Flyers on Sunday. Throw in the resurgent St. John’s basketball program and New York is the place to be this weekend.

Also see: New York City Guide

2. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Bobcats at Lakers
  • Stars at Ducks
Saturday
  • Nuggets at Clippers
  • Canucks at Kings
Sunday
  • Canucks at Ducks


Los Angeles is on a hot streak, placing second on this week’s list after two straight appearances at number one. The Lakers and Clippers are both home at Staples and the Honda Center in Anaheim will see games on Friday night and Sunday for the Ducks.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

3. Atlanta

Friday
  • Thunder at Hawks
Saturday
  • Panthers at Thrashers
Sunday
  • Knicks at Hawks
  • Miami at Georgia Tech


Philips Arena welcomes some of the NBA’s biggest stars as Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks, and Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire and the Knicks come to town on Sunday. The Thrashers are home on Saturday for a clash on the ice against the Florida Panthers.

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

4. San Antonio

Friday
  • Heat at Spurs
Saturday
  • Texas Tech at Texas A&M
Sunday
  • Lakers at Spurs


San Antonio once again appears in this space as a result of the NBA-best Spurs. They play perhaps the two most exciting and followed teams in the league as the Big Three of the Miami Heat come to town on Friday night and Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers to town on Sunday. A long day trip to College Station is possible on Saturday, but spending time at the Alamo and River Walk is a good option too.

5. Tampa Bay-Orlando

Friday
  • Bulls at Magic
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • Canadiens at Lightning
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Spring Training


Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater are hot spots in Grapefruit League action, and on top of that the NBA and NHL are in play nearby. A possible playoff preview pits the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic against each other on Friday night at the Amway Center, an hour and a half from the Tampa Bay area.

6. Miami

Friday
  • Spring Training
  • Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens
Saturday
  • Spring Training
  • Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens
Sunday
  • Bulls at Heat
  • Capitals at Panthers
  • Spring Training
  • Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens


The Bulls make their way from Orlando to Miami for a meeting with the Heat on Sunday, a game that could go a long way towards determining Eastern Conference playoff seeding. An hour and a half north the Honda Classic is underway at Palm Beach Gardens, and some Grapefruit League action is near there as well with the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie among other local teams.

7. Phoenix

Friday
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • Red Wings at Coyotes
  • Oregon at Arizona
  • Oregon State at Arizona State
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Spring Training


Finally the Cactus League makes its way on to this list, as Phoenix places seventh this week. In addition to a number of Spring Training options, the Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils are all in play a short drive from Phoenix.

8. Detroit

Friday
Saturday
  • Michigan State at Michigan
Sunday
  • Wizards at Pistons


Rivalry Week rears its ugly head as the Michigan State Spartans face the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Michigan is fighting for an NCAA berth and a season sweep of Michigan State, so the stakes and the tensions will be high. On Sunday, John Wall and the Washington Wizards face the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

9. Raleigh

Friday
Saturday
  • Duke at UNC
Sunday
  • Florida State at NC State


It wouldn’t be rivalry week in college basketball if Duke and UNC weren’t going at it. This time they meet in Chapel Hill, a 30-minute drive from Raleigh where NC State will host Florida State on Sunday. Duke and UNC played a great game in their last meeting at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and the third meeting may take place next week at the ACC Tournament.

10. Oklahoma City

Friday
Saturday
  • Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
Sunday
  • Suns at Thunder


Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder headline this weekend when they host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. A half-hour away in Norman, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State face off in the state’s biggest rivalry.

Top Sports Power Weekends: February 11-13

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011




There is no time for a Super Bowl XLV hangover. There are just too many good sports weekends on the horizon, especially with Spring Training set to start shortly. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, you’ll see that there is no love lost between some of the teams meeting this weekend.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of February 11-13. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Boston

Friday
  • Red Wings at Bruins
Saturday
  • Maryland at Boston College
Sunday
  • Heat at Celtics
  • Providence at UConn
Monday
  • Beanpot Finals


Fans of tradition and old-time hockey will love the meeting between two of the Original Six on Friday night, and the Beanpot Tournament Finals on Monday. Oh yeah, the Celtics are also hosting the Miami Heat on Sunday in a potential Eastern Conference Finals preview.

2. New York

Friday
  • Lakers at Knicks
  • Penguins at Islanders
  • Sharks at Devils
Saturday
  • Knicks at Nets
  • Seton Hall at Rutgers
Sunday
  • Penguins at Rangers


It is always a show when Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers visit Madison Square Garden, and Friday night will be no different. A different superstar makes a visit to the World’s Most Famous Arena on Sunday as Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Rangers.

Also see: New York City Guide

3. San Francisco

Friday
  • Pebble Beach Pro-Am
  • SAP Open Tennis
Saturday
  • Thunder at Kings
  • Pebble Beach Pro-Am
  • SAP Open Tennis
Sunday
  • Thunder at Warriors
  • Pebble Beach Pro-Am
  • SAP Open Tennis


The Bay Area brings plenty of options this weekend with the Pebble Beach Pro-Am taking place from Thursday to Sunday and the SAP Open Tennis tournament at HP Pavilion in San Jose concluding. There are also two chances to see Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, in Sacramento on Saturday and at Oracle Arena against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

4. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Spurs at 76ers
Saturday
  • Pitt at Villanova
Sunday
  • Kings at Flyers


I, for one, love straightforward Sports Power Weekend options like this one in Philadelphia. A Sixers game on Friday night, a Big East clash between Pitt and Villanova on Saturday and the Broad Street Bullies on Sunday. The Wells Fargo Center is the place to be this weekend.

5. Dallas

Friday
  • Blackhawks at Stars
Saturday
  • Baylor at Texas
  • Texas A&M at Texas Tech
Sunday
  • Blue Jackets at Stars


While not nearly as exciting as last weekend’s Dallas-area offering, two Stars games at the American Airlines Center and Baylor visiting one of the nation’s top teams a manageable drive away in Austin make this a viable SPW option.

Also see: Dallas and Austin City Guide

6. Detroit

Friday
  • Heat at Pistons
Saturday
  • Indiana at Michigan
Sunday
  • Trailblazers at Pistons
  • Bruins at Red Wings


The ever-exciting Miami Heat travel to the Palace of Auburn Hills to face the Detroit Pistons for a Friday night show, and in nearby Ann Arbor, Michigan hosts Indiana in a Big Ten battle at Crisler Arena on Saturday. The second leg of this Original Six home-and-home takes place at the Joe on Sunday.

7. Washington, D.C.

Friday
Saturday
  • Spurs at Wizards
  • Kings at Capitals
Sunday
  • Marquette at Georgetown


Get familiar with the Verizon Center, because this weekend offers three can’t-miss games at the arena. Saturday features a day-night doubleheader with Alex Ovechkin and later John Wall taking center stage in the nation’s capital, and Sunday pits Georgetown against giant-slayer Marquette.

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

8. Salt Lake City

Friday
  • Suns at Jazz
Saturday
  • Utah at BYU
Sunday


A worthwhile point guard clash between Steve Nash and Deron Williams will charge up EnergySolutions Arena on Friday, and the in-state battle between Utah and Jimmer Fredette-led BYU promises to be a show on Saturday.

9. Memphis

Friday
  • Bucks at Grizzlies
Saturday
  • Southern Miss at Memphis
Sunday
  • Nuggets at Grizzlies


Sunday may mark one of your last chances to see Carmelo Anthony in a Denver Nuggets uniform. That can be the third visit to FedEx Forum for you in the land of Elvis in this Memphis Sports Power Weekend.

10. Orlando

Friday
  • Hornets at Magic
Saturday
  • Hurricanes at Lightning
  • Notre Dame at South Florida
Sunday
  • Lakers at Magic


The happiest place on Earth may turn downright testy on Sunday in a 2009 NBA Finals rematch between the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic. Saturday in nearby Tampa the Lightning host the Carolina Hurricanes and South Florida takes on top-ten ranked Notre Dame.