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Final Four in Atlanta

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

NCAA Men's Final Four TicketsFollow your team on the road to Atlanta for the 2013 Final Four with game tickets, three-night hotel stay in downtown Atlanta (Atlanta Marriott Marquis or Hyatt Regency Atlanta) and options for a pregame hospitality event.

Both hotels are within walking distance from the Georgia Dome, so no gameday transfers are needed (see map below).


The experience includes:

  • Full session ticket in 300-level for Saturday night (April 6) and Monday night (April 8) games
  • Three-night hotel stay at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis or Hyatt Regency Atlanta, April 6-9, 2013
  • Optional three-hour ELITE hospitality event on Saturday (hosted by John Salley) and Monday nights (hosted by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) for added cost
    • Culinary stations
    • Premium hosted bar
    • Live music
    • College coaches and former players
  • Discount code for 20% off of purchases at the MGoBlog Store
  • All taxes and fees

Packages can be customized with ticket upgrades and two- or three-night hotel stays. Hospitality can purchased for additional $500 per person, or $250 each for Saturday and Monday nights.

To reserve, click “Buy Now” below:

Single ($2,500) Double ($1,325 per person) Triple ($960 per person) Quad ($825 per person)


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

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

2013 Masters Golf Travel Packages

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Sports Power Weekends is now offering packages for the 2013 Masters in collaboration with United Sports Associates, a company that has been running hospitality packages at the Masters for 17 years, and K Sports and Entertainment. Stay in a luxurious private home only five minutes from Augusta National, with transportation to and from the course, as well as in-house dining included. United Sports Associates and Sports Power Weekends staff will be on site to ensure your experience is a memorable one.

Different options exist for the practice rounds, first two rounds, and full tournament. Local tee times at Augusta Country Club, the inspiration for Augusta National and adjacent to the Masters course, are available as well. The 2013 Masters will take place from April 8-14, 2013.



You can select from any of the following deluxe Masters travel packages:

  • Sunday, April 7th through Tuesday, April 9th

Attend the early practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday! Stay in a private home located in close proximity to Augusta National.  Enjoy the luxury and comfort of in-house dining prepared and served in your host house.  Daily housekeeping and ALL local ground transportation included.  Local golf and Tuesday/Wednesday stay optional. Wednesday’s Par 3 tournament also an optional add-on.

Cost: $3,000 per person ($2,750 per person based upon double-occupancy; $2,000 for group of 4)

Single ($3,000) Double ($2,750 per person) Quad ($2,000 per person)


  • Wednesday, April 8th through Friday, April 10th

Attend the first two tournament rounds on Thursday and Friday! Stay in a private home located in close proximity to Augusta National.  Enjoy the luxury and comfort of in-house dining prepared and served in your host house. Daily housekeeping and ALL local ground transportation included. Local golf and weekend stay/tickets optional.

Cost: $4,000 per person ($3,750 per person based upon double-occupancy; $3,500 for a group of 4)

Single ($4,000) Double ($3,750 per person) Quad ($3,500 per person)


  • Wednesday, April 8th through Sunday, April 14th

Attend the all four tournament rounds Thursday through Sunday! Stay in a private home located in close proximity to Augusta National.  Enjoy the luxury and comfort of in-house dining prepared and served in your host house.  Daily housekeeping and ALL local ground transportation included.  Local golf and Sunday night stay optional.

Cost: $8,000 per person ($7,500 per person based upon double-occupancy; $6,500 for group of 4)

Single ($8,000) Double ($7,500 per person) Quad ($6,500 per person)


Please click here for more information on our offerings. For additional questions or to book your package, please contact Jared Cooper at, or call (646) 397-5350.

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

PowerShares Series VIP Tennis Experiences: Atlanta

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

(Gwinnett Center; Saturday, November 10)


  • Jimmy Connors
  • John McEnroe
  • Jim Courier
  • Mats Wilander

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

Player Clinic Experience

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

Price: $1,500

Player Backstage Experience

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

Price: $750

Champions Series TennisPlayer Q&A with Hospitality Experience

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

Price: $250

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

Purchase Information

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

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

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Event Schedule (Gwinnett Center; Saturday, November 10)

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


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

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

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, (646) 397-5350, or via twitter at @SportsPowerWknd.

1. Chicago, September 21-23

  • St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
  • Michigan at Notre Dame
  • 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

  • Cowboys at Giants (NFL Kickoff Game)
  • US Open Tennis
  • US Open Tennis
  • Atlanta Braves at NY Mets
  • US Open Tennis
  • USC vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium
  • US Open Tennis (Women’s Final)
  • 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

  • Alabama at LSU
  • 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

  • Notre Dame at USC
  • Stanford at UCLA
  • 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

  • Redskins at Cowboys (Thanksgiving)
  • 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…)

Augusta National Worthy of Bucket List Designation, Even for Masters Practice Rounds

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Also see: Masters Photo Gallery

img_0248Earlier this week I was able to attend the practice rounds of the Masters in Augusta, crossing off a sporting event that tops many people’s sports bucket list. For a golf course in the middle of a town that is seemingly in the middle of nowhere, Augusta National really captures the attention of sports fans like few, if any, other venues.

I only attended the practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday, while staying in a private home just minutes from the course, but I was able to get a great feel for the town and the event, and what makes it so special. What I most appreciated about the Masters was that once you walk through the gates, everyone is equal. There are no 50-yard line suites, no front row seats, and no exclusive VIP-only seating. If you get there when the gates open and walk to a spot you like, you can put your $30 gift-shop-bought Masters chair down and no one moves it or messes with it. You can leave your chair, go check out a different hole and come back to find your chair unmoved, undisturbed right where it was left.

img_0119There are tens of thousands of fans milling about, following their favorite golfer or posting up at their favorite spot, all dressed casually and in awe of their surroundings. While there is surely a tremendous corporate presence, you can’t tell the executives apart from the locals whose homes are worth less than what the executive makes in a month. And you can be sure that local knows to walk straight to Amen Corner to put their chair down and get the most cherished view on the course.

[singlepic id=249 w=320 h=240 float=left]It oddly seems as though The Masters does not care to maximize its profit. Sandwiches at the concession stands are about $3, merchandise is sold only on-site for one week out of the year, and tickets are not put on the market. Badges are provided to members of the club, and they essentially set the market by providing them to secondary sources for hospitality packages and scalpers. Break one of the rules of the course and not only do you get kicked out, but the member who the badge belongs to faces revocation of their membership! Tradition is taken seriously here, as is evident by the no cell phone on the grounds policy.

In terms of the course and actual golf itself, it is simply fantastic. The well manicured lawns, the picturesque ponds on the 15th and 16th (among other) holes, and vibrant green grass and leaves provide something of a sensory overload as you walk the course. Viewing stands are strategically set up at certain holes, but otherwise people bring their own folding chair or just walk from hole to hole.

img_0310My personal favorite spot was between the 9th tee and 1st green, with a view across the 9th fairway of the 8th green. As the golfers walk up the 8th fairway they appear out of thin air over the hill on their way to the green, and then seemingly walk directly at you as they make their way to the 9th tee. Standing along the rope near the tee you can hear the ping of the drive and the whistle of the speeding ball as it zooms overhead. It is comparable to hearing the squeaks of the sneakers as you sit courtside at a basketball game, yet even more impressive.

I was able to stay in home within a literal five-minute walk of the entrance of Gate 9, allowing me to avoid all traffic and logistic hassles that normally accompany the event. Being able to wake up at 7:30 and be among the first to walk into Augusta National when the gates open is an incredible perk. Phil Sloan, who has been running Masters packages for 17 years, set up the accommodations, and it could not have been more seamless. On future trips I have no doubt that I will be choosing to stay in close proximity to the course as opposed to in South Carolina, Atlanta, or other areas miles away from Augusta.

There are ways to enjoy this unforgettable event without breaking the bank, and I encourage all sports fans clear out their schedule from April 8-14 of 2013 to make the pilgrimage. If even only for the Monday and Tuesday practice rounds, or Par 3 challenge on Wednesday, this even is one of the shining stars of spectator sporting events, and must be experienced live.

Masters Photo Gallery

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

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SPW on SEC Today

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Sports Power Weekends will be featured on the SEC Today on each week. Check out our segments below:

Arlington, Texas: LSU vs. Oregon (Friday, September 2nd)

Athens, Georgia: South Carolina at Georgia (Thursday, September 8th)

Nashville, Tennessee: Ole Miss at Vanderbilt (Friday, September 16th)

Gainesville, Florida: Alabama at Florida (Friday, September 30th)

Fayetteville, Arkansas: Auburn at Arkansas (Friday, October 7)

Knoxville, Tennessee: LSU at Tennessee (Friday, October 14)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Auburn at LSU (Friday, October 21)

Jacksonville, Florida: Georgia vs. Florida (Friday, October 28)

Tuscaloosa, Alabama: LSU at Alabama (Friday, November 4)

Columbia, South Carolina: Florida at South Carolina (Friday, November 11)

Oxford, Mississippi: LSU at Ole Miss (Thursday, November 17)

Auburn, Alabama: Alabama at Auburn (Tuesday, November 22)

Atlanta, Georgia: SEC Championship Game, LSU vs. Georgia (Thursday, December 1)

Tampa, Florida: Outback Bowl, Georgia vs. Michigan State (Tuesday, December 20)

Orlando, Florida: Capital One Bowl, South Carolina vs. Nebraska (Wednesday, December 21)


Packages for Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Boise State vs. Georgia) at Georgia Dome now available

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is becoming quite the season-opening tradition in college football. The 2011 matchup between Boise State and Georgia at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta will mark the fourth annual Kickoff Game, with the first three being won by Southeastern Conference teams. Alabama won in both 2008 and 2009, setting them up for a national championship run, and LSU won last year en route to an 11-2 season. The matchup is set for 8 PM on September 3, and will pit the SEC power playing in their backyard against a preseason top-five team hoping to use this game as a springboard to another BCS berth.

See this clash of the titans up close and personal, and enjoy a well-rounded Labor Day weekend in Atlanta with a stay in the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel via a package from Sports Power Weekends.  You can also request a stay at the official team hotels, the Omni (Georgia team hotel) and Renaissance Waverly (Boise State team hotel), priced on availability.

Package details

  • Two (2) tickets to Boise State vs. Georgia at the Georgia Dome on September 3, 2011 at 8 PM ET
  • A two (2) night stay at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel from Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4.
  • Sports Power Weekend dry-fit running t-shirt
  • 4 GB memory stick with NFL logo
  • Full Sports Power Weekends itinerary in Atlanta

Price: $799*

Single game tickets:

That same weekend in Atlanta the Braves host the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field. Tickets for that weekend’s games and VIP experiences at Turner Field are also available.

Please contact Jared Cooper ( for additional information or questions.

*Single occupancy is available at $649.

Sports Power Weekend: Atlanta, Georgia, December 3-5

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 founder/editor Jared Cooper takes a closer look at Atlanta, Georgia, home of the 2010 SEC Championship Game. SEC East Division champion South Carolina will take on SEC West Division champion Auburn on Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia at 4:00 PM ET.

While Atlanta isn’t home to an SEC school, it is the host of the most important game on the SEC calendar. Each year all 12 SEC teams aspire to take part in the game that will determine the SEC champion and the conference’s automatic qualifier for a BCS bowl game. By winning the SEC East and West respectively, South Carolina and top-ranked Auburn have the pleasure of meeting at the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

While the SEC Championship Game is no doubt the headliner of the weekend’s activities, it is by no means the only thing going on in Georgia’s capital. Ranked as the eighth-best sports city in the country in 2010 by The Sporting News, Atlanta is also a city full of culture, great food and a thriving nightlife.


  • Fat Matt’s
  • Philips Arena
  • Buckhead
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Atlanta is a pretty spread out city and is best navigated with a car, though by using the MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority), you can get by without one. Take whichever mode of transportation you find easiest to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, up north in Atlanta near Emory University, for some of their top-of-the-line ribs, chicken and sides.

With some of Atlanta’s best in your stomach, you can head to Philips Arena to cheer on the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks as they take on the visiting Philadelphia 76ers. The Hawks are led by two former SEC stars, Florida’s two-time champion Al Horford and Arkansas’s Joe Johnson, and bring a ton of excitement (and a lot of wins) to this 18,729 seat arena that opened in 1999.

After the game you can head to Buckhead, an upscale uptown district in Atlanta that has some very worthwhile restaurants, shopping and bars. The bar East Andrews is broadcasting sports radio shows live on Friday night in preparation for tomorrow’s SEC Championship Game. The whole town has SEC fever!


  • Flying Biscuit
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
  • Centennial Olympic Park
  • Georgia World Congress Center
  • Georgia Dome
  • Virginia Highland

The game to crown the SEC champion will kick off at 4 PM local time, giving you plenty of time to explore the city a bit before filing in to the Georgia Dome to see the much-anticipated matchup between the Gamecocks and the Tigers.

Start your day at the Flying Biscuit, a homey spot known for their grits and of course, their biscuits. They come with a homemade cranberry apple butter that makes any wait to be seated well worth it.  After breakfast make your way to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, which operates a number of facilities that contain Martin Luther King, Jr. exhibits and artifacts, such as the King Center and the Visitor’s Center. Tours of Dr. King’s birth home start at 10 AM and last 30 minutes from start to finish.

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After checking out the birthplace of Dr. King, make your way to the park that honors the 100-year anniversary of the Olympics from their birthplace in Athens, Greece, Centennial Olympic Park. The 21-acre park was refurbished for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and features the Fountain of Rings, and during the winter, a skating rink for public use. Centennial Olympic Park is operated by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which also oversees the Georgia World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome. Those three properties, as well as Philips Arena, the CNN Center, the World of Coca-Cola, and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta are all adjacent to one another in downtown Atlanta.

Make the quick walk from the park to the Georgia World Congress Center for the 2010 Dr. Pepper SEC Football FanFare, featuring games, autograph stages, food vendors and official SEC apparel stands. Spend some time mingling with fans and former SEC players, kick field goals or test your throwing accuracy, or watch action from around the country on any of the TV monitors in the building. It is a great way to get in the mindset for the game that follows. The FanFare runs until 4 PM, but by that time you should already be in your seat eagerly anticipating kickoff.

The Georgia Dome has been the host of the SEC Championship Game since 1994; in the first two years of SEC play – 1992 and 1993 – the game was played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The Georgia Dome opened in 1992 and is the largest cable-supported domed stadium in the world. The 71,250 capacity stadium plays host to the Atlanta Falcons, and has hosted Super Bowls XXVIII and XXXIV, the gymnastics and basketball events for the 1996 Olympic Games and both a Men’s and Women’s NCAA Final Four. In addition, the Dome hosts the Bank of America Atlanta Football classic and the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game and Bowl game as well as the SEC title tilt.

The Auburn Tigers are looking to become the fifth consecutive SEC team to win the SEC Championship Game and go on to win the BCS National Championship Game. In the previous four years, the Florida Gators – who have won an SEC-record seven title games – have done this twice, and the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide have each won one. South Carolina hopes to add to the East Division’s 11-7 lead in title games over the West Division. Something has got to give, and seeing it live will sure be fun.

A good area to check out after the game is the Virginia Highland, a neighborhood popular for its shopping, dining and nightlife. Choosing from places like Atkins Park – the oldest restaurant/bar in Atlanta, Highland Tap and Figo will give you some options. You’ll be having a burger tomorrow for lunch, so unless you want to double up you may have to save George’s for your next visit. There are also a number of bars in the area. Check out Dark Horse for some live music.


  • Ria’s Bluebird
  • Grant Park
  • Little Five Points
  • Vortex Bar and Grill
  • Philips Arena

Start the final day of your Sports Power Weekend at Ria’s Bluebird, a hip breakfast spot in Atlanta serving some of the best pancakes and eggs in the Peach State. The restaurant is located across the street from the famous Oakland Cemetery, where golf legend Bobby Jones and Pulitzer Prize winning Gone With The Wind author Margaret Mitchell are buried.

Nearby is Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest park established in 1882. The park houses Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Cyclorama, a museum housing a cylindrical panoramic painting of the American Civil War Battle of Atlanta. Grant Park is just a few blocks east of Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, which opened in 1997 and has become a landmark of sorts in the city. Stop by and take a peek if you would like.

Next, you can make your way to the Little Five Points area to check out some of their eccentric novelty shops. Also in the area is Vortex Bar & Grill, home of one of the best burgers in town. They do require that all patrons be over the age of 18, so keep that in mind depending on your company.

As your Sports Power Weekend winds down, you can look back and be satisfied with all of the can’t miss spots you saw, great food you ate, and exciting times you had. Assuming you don’t push back your flight so you can see the Usher concert at Philips Arena tonight, you have now experienced everything SEC football has to offer. Don’t fret, however. Basketball season is now upon us.

Jared Cooper worked for the National Football League’s PR department for four years before creating You can follow him on Twitter (@SportsPowerWknd) or contact him at

Top Sports Power Weekends: Atlanta

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Below are the Sports Power Weekend options in Atlanta and the surrounding area in the coming months. Please visit the Atlanta City Guide page for information on activities and events in Atlanta on days that do not have sporting events.

For more information on booking a travel package to Atlanta, please contact us at

April 1-3 Friday
  • Celtics at Hawks
April 8-10 Friday
  • Phillies at Braves
  • The Masters
  • Hurricanes at Thrashers
  • Phillies at Braves
  • The Masters
  • Phillies at Braves
  • The Masters
  • Penguins at Thrashers
April 15-17 Friday
  • Mets at Braves
  • Mets at Braves
  • Mets at Braves
April 22-24 Friday
April 29-May 1 Friday
  • Cardinals at Braves
  • Cardinals at Braves
  • Cardinals at Braves