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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 10-12

Monday, June 6th, 2011



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

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

1. Miami

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

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

2. New York

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

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

Also see: New York City Guide

3. Vancouver

Friday
  • Bruins at Canucks (Game 5)
Saturday
Sunday

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

4. Tampa Bay

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

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

5. Chicago

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

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

Also see: Chicago City Guide

6. Los Angeles-San Diego

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

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

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

7. Philadelphia

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

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

8. Baltimore

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

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

Also see: Baltimore City Guide

9. Houston

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

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

Also see: Houston City Guide

10. Memphis

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

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

Also see: Memphis City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: May 27-29

Thursday, May 26th, 2011



Dallas and Vancouver have already punched their ticket to the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals, respectively. They each await their opponent, and much will be decided towards that end this weekend.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of May 27-29. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Indianapolis

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Indianapolis 500

The 100th Anniversary of the first Indy 500 will run on Sunday as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing takes place at Indy Motor Speedway. Four-time winner A.J. Foyt will drive the pace car before the 12 PM ET race start. The Indy 500 promises to deliver INDYCAR excitement once again in 2011.

2. Boston

Friday
  • Lightning at Bruins (Game 7)
Saturday
  • Galaxy at Revolution
Sunday

The Tampa Bay Lightning held their home ice in Game 6, forcing a deciding Game 7 at TD Garden on Friday night in Boston. The Bruins and Lightning will play for the chance to face the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cups Finals. Saturday sees a Boston-LA matchup as the Revolution host the Galaxy in MLS action at Gillette Stadium.

Also see: Boston City Guide

3. Miami

Friday
Saturday
  • Bulls at Heat (Game 6)
Sunday

Pending the outcome of tonight’s Game 5 between the Bulls and Heat in Chicago, Saturday may feature a Game 6 in Miami with the Heat having the chance to face the Mavericks in the NBA Finals. The Heat defeated the Mavs in the 2006 Finals, but if they want another matchup they will first have to finish off the Bulls, who they now lead 3-1.

4. Chicago

Friday
  • Pirates at Cubs
Saturday
  • Pirates at Cubs
  • Earthquakes at Fire
Sunday
  • Pirates at Cubs

Most eyes in Chicago will be on the Bulls-Heat matchup previously mentioned, but that doesn’t mean Chicago isn’t providing some great home action this weekend as well. The Cubs host NL Central foe Pittsburgh for a weekend set at Wrigley Field, and the Fire host the San Jose Earthquakes at Toyota Park on Saturday.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

5. Denver

Friday
  • Cardinals at Rockies
Saturday
  • Cardinals at Rockies
  • Sporting KC at Rapids
Sunday
  • Cardinals at Rockies

The MLB-MLS weekends will soon take over as the main source of multiple-sporting-event-weekends, and that is true this weekend in Denver and Houston. In the Mile High City, the Rockies host the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field, and Sporting KC visits the Rapids as well.

6. Houston

Friday
  • Diamondbacks at Astros
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Astros
  • FC Dallas at Dynamo
Sunday
  • Diamondbacks at Astros

Minute Maid Park will host the Astros and Diamondbacks series this weekend in Houston. Meanwhile, Texas rivals FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo will face off in Houston on Saturday to bring even more action to H-Town.

Also see: Houston City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends By City: May

Monday, May 2nd, 2011



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

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

1.    NEW YORK

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

2.    LOS ANGELES-SAN DIEGO

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

3.    CHICAGO

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

4.    PHILADELPHIA

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

5.    DALLAS

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

6.    SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND-SAN JOSE-SACRAMENTO

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

7.    BOSTON- HARTFORD-PROVIDENCE

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

8.    ATLANTA

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

9.    WASHINGTON, DC-BALTIMORE

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

10.  HOUSTON

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

11.  DETROIT

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

12.  PHOENIX

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

13.  TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG-ORLANDO

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

14.  SEATTLE-VANCOUVER, BC

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

15.  SEATTLE-PORTLAND, OR

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

16. MINNEAPOLIS

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

17.  MIAMI

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

18.  CLEVELAND-COLUMBUS

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

19.  DENVER

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

20.  ST. LOUIS

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

21.  PITTSBURGH

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

22.  KANSAS CITY

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

23.  SALT LAKE CITY

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

24.  CINCINNATI-LOUISVILLE

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

25.  MILWAUKEE-GREEN BAY-MADISON

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

26.  BUFFALO-TORONTO

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

Top Sports Power Weekends: April 29-May 1

Friday, April 29th, 2011



Round 1 of the NHL playoffs is now complete and the NBA’s first round can conclude as soon as tonight. As teams advance it creates some incredible opportunities to see second-round playoffs matchups in cities across the country. And as the weather warms up in the north, baseball stadiums are becoming a great place to spend your weekend afternoon. As we move into May, great Sports Power Weekends are coming into bloom.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of April 29-May 1. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. New York

Friday
  • NFL Draft (Day 2)
  • Blue Jays at Yankees
Saturday
  • NFL Draft (Day 3)
  • Blue Jays at Yankees
  • Sporting KC at Red Bulls
Sunday
  • Blue Jays at Yankees

The Yankees welcome the Blue Jays to the Bronx, but the real story is the NFL Draft. This is the first taste of pro football that we have had since the Super Bowl in early February. Friday night will be Rounds 2-3 at Radio City Music Hall and Rounds 4-7 take place on Saturday afternoon.

Also see: New York City Guide

2. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Mets at Phillies
Saturday
  • Bruins at Flyers (Game 1)
  • Mets at Phillies
  • Earthquakes at Union
Sunday
  • Mets at Phillies

While the Mets-Phillies rivalry no longer resounds in the standings, there is still some palpable dislike. The Mets will travel to Philly for a three-game set, but the focus will be on this NHL second-round dream matchup between the Boston Bruins and Flyers.

3. Bay Area

Friday
  • Red Wings at Sharks (Game 1)
  • Rangers at Athletics
Saturday
  • Rangers at Athletics
Sunday
  • Red Wings at Sharks (Game 2)
  • Rangers at Athletics

Hockey fans in the Bay Area are in for a treat this weekend as the Detroit Red Wings travel to San Jose for Games 1 and 2 in their conference semifinal matchup. The defending AL champion Rangers take on the Oakland A’s in the newly named Overstock.com Coliseum.

4. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • Lightning at Capitals (Game 1)
  • Giants at Nationals
Saturday
  • Giants at Nationals
Sunday
  • Lightning at Capitals (Game 2)
  • Giants at Nationals

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Caps host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Games 1 and 2 in an Eastern Conference series with a trip to the conference finals on the line. Meanwhile the World Series champion San Francisco Giants visit Nationals Park for a series with the Nats.

5. Memphis

Friday
  • Spurs at Grizzlies (Game 6)
Saturday
Sunday

Only one game in Memphis this weekend, but it is a big one. The top-seeded Spurs are on the ropes as the Grizzlies hold a 3-2 lead in the series heading home for Game 6. The Grizz look for their first playoff series win, and one of the few eight-seeds to ever topple a one-seed.

6. Miami

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Celtics at Heat (Game 1)

One of the most highly anticipated second-round series in NBA history gets underway as LeBron James looks to defeat the Celtics and exorcize his demons. The Heat’s Big Three takes on the Celtics’ Big Four in South Beach.

Honorable Mention (Awesomeness of weekend contingent on NBA Game 7)

7. Houston-San Antonio

Friday
  • Brewers at Astros
  • DC United at Dynamo
Saturday
  • Brewers at Astros
Sunday
  • Grizzlies at Spurs (Game 7)*
  • Brewers at Astros

The Astros face the Brewers at Minute Maid Park this weekend, and while that is compelling, just a few hours down the road is the real draw of this weekend. Well, that is assuming the Spurs can win on the road to force a Game 7 back in San Antonio on Sunday. As an added bonus, on Friday the Dynamo host DC United in some MLS action.

* if necessary

Top Sports Power Weekends: April 8-10

Monday, April 4th, 2011



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

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

1. Atlanta

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

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

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

2. Boston

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

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

3. Minneapolis

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

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

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

4. Los Angeles-San Diego

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

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

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

5. New York

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

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

Also see: New York City Guide

6. San Francisco

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

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

Also see: San Francisco City Guide

7. Houston

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

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

Also see: Houston City Guide

8. Washington, D.C.-Baltimore

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

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

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

9. Milwaukee

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

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

10. Seattle

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

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

Top 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: April 1-3

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011



April is finally here, and with it Major League Baseball Opening Day, the Final Four, and the regular seasons in the NBA and NHL in their final two weeks before the playoffs begin. Opening Day is more than just the start of the baseball season, it is the unofficial bridge from winter to summer, when everyone is undefeated and has a shot at glory, the weather is turning, and days at the ballpark beckon. It is the start of a long season, but everyone is eagerly anticipating the ride.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of April 1-3. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Houston

Friday
  • Spurs at Rockets
  • Shell Houston Open
Saturday
  • Final Four
  • Shell Houston Open
Sunday
  • Hawks at Rockets
  • Suns at Spurs
  • Shell Houston Open
Monday
  • NCAA National Championship Game

Houston is the place to be at the start of April with the Final Four and Championship Game taking place at Reliant Stadium, two Rockets games at the Toyota Center, and the Shell Houston Open also in town. Also on the locals’ minds (and TVs) will be Astros Opening Day, making this perhaps the most packed Sports Power Weekend Houston will see this year.

Also see: Houston City Guide

2. New York

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

New York often finds itself with a well-rounded Sports Power Weekend offering, and this option is no different. The Yankees lead off on Thursday at Yankee Stadium, while MSG hosts the NIT Finals that night. There is potential for another Yankee Stadium-MSG doubleheader on Sunday as the Tigers close out their series with the Yankees and the Knicks host the Cavs.

Also see: New York City Guide

3. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Giants at Dodgers
Saturday
  • Giants at Dodgers
  • Thunder at Clippers
  • Stars at Kings
  • Union at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Giants at Dodgers
  • Nuggets at Lakers
  • Stars at Ducks

The San Francisco Giants start their World Series defense on Thursday in LA against the rival Dodgers. The area goes on to host a Durant-Griffin showdown on Saturday and a Lakers game on Sunday. Additionally, the Kings, Ducks and Galaxy are in town to complement the four Giants-Dodgers games.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

4. Chicago

Friday
  • Pirates at Cubs
Saturday
  • Pirates at Cubs
  • Raptors at Bulls
Sunday
  • Pirates at Cubs
  • Lightning at Blackhawks

One of the great venues in all of sports, Wrigley Field, will host Major League baseball for the 98th season starting on Friday as the division foe Pittsburgh Pirates come to town. Saturday and Sunday the Bulls and Blackhawks take the court and ice, respectively, at the United Center. Hard to beat a Cubs, Bulls, Blackhawks weekend in Chicago!

Also see: Chicago City Guide

5. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Astros at Phillies
  • Nets at 76ers
Saturday
  • Astros at Phillies
Sunday
  • Astros at Phillies
  • Rangers at Flyers

Similar to the Chicago weekend, the MLB, NBA and NHL teams are all in action, making the South Philadelphia Sports Complex the place to be this weekend. Hard to beat the lineup of pitchers the Phils will trot out to the mound this weekend (Halladay, Lee, and Oswalt or Hamels), and the Sixers continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings.

6. San Francisco-Oakland

Friday
  • Mariners at Athletics
  • Nuggets at Kings
Saturday
  • Mariners at Athletics
  • Mavericks at Warriors
  • Ducks at Sharks
  • Sounders at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Mariners at Athletics
  • Jazz at Kings

The San Francisco Giants open on the road, leaving the Bay Area attention to Oakland for the weekend. The A’s are a sleeper team in the AL West and start off their season with a divisional series against the Seattle Mariners. Nearby on Saturday the Golden State Warriors host the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena, and down in San Jose the Sharks and ‘quakes will also be holding court.

Also see: San Francisco-Oakland City Guide

7. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • Cavaliers at Wizards
Saturday
  • Braves at Nationals
  • Sabres at Capitals
Sunday
  • Braves at Nationals

Nationals Park will be buzzing on Thursday as the Atlanta Braves come to town, and the Verizon Center will again be a hotspot with the Wizards and Capitals taking over the building on Friday and Saturday. Another good weekend in D.C. Are the cherry blossoms blooming yet?

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

8. Tampa Bay-Orlando

Friday
  • Orioles at Rays
  • Bobcats at Magic
Saturday
  • Orioles at Rays
Sunday
  • Orioles at Rays

This weekend was written about extensively in the link below, so check it out.

Also see: Sports Power Weekends Destination – Tampa Bay/Orlando

9. Boston

Friday
Saturday
  • Thrashers at Bruins
  • Timbers at Revolution
Sunday
  • Pistons at Celtics

The B’s and the C’s lock up the TD Garden over the weekend, and the local bars will have their TVs set to the Red Sox games in Texas. The NBA and NHL will soon give way to MLB in Beantown, well maybe after the Celtics and Bruins playoff runs are over.

Also see: Boston City Guide

10. Cincinnati

Friday
Saturday
  • Brewers at Reds
Sunday
  • Brewers at Reds

Opening Day in Cincinnati is practically a holiday, and in fact there is actually a push to make it an official local holiday. Not only do the defending NL Central champion Reds open the season on Thursday, but also nearby in Lexington, Kentucky, fans will be going crazy in and around town for their Kentucky Wildcats who play UConn in the Final Four in Houston on Saturday night. Two of the great traditions in sports in one weekend: Cincinnati Reds Opening Day and UK in the Final Four.