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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: July 8-10

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011



In the final weekend of baseball before the All-Star break, five cities shine above the others. These cities offer MLB action and either an MLS game or a PGA tournament. The three biggest cities in the country take the top three spots, with Los Angeles.

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

1. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Padres at Dodgers
  • Mariners at Angels
Saturday
  • Padres at Dodgers
  • Mariners at Angels
  • Fire at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Padres at Dodgers
  • Mariners at Angels

It is a rare occurrence when all three southern California teams are playing locally on the same weekend, in this case because the Padres are visiting the Dodgers and the Angels are also hosting a home series. Additionally, the LA Galaxy is home on Saturday. Seeing all three events this weekend is a definitely possibility, and that is why Sports Power Weekenders and Randy Newman love LA.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

2. New York

Friday
  • Rays at Yankees
Saturday
  • Rays at Yankees
  • DC United at Red Bulls
Sunday
  • Rays at Yankees

Derek Jeter is back from the DL and his chase for 3,000 hits is coming to a head. This weekend at Yankee Stadium against the Rays he could reach the mark, so expect ticket prices to soar as those games approach. The Red Bulls host DC United on Saturday in Harrison, NJ to round out the action.

Also see: New York City Guide

3. Chicago

Friday
  • Twins at White Sox
  • John Deere Classic (PGA) – Silvis, Illinois
Saturday
  • Twins at White Sox
  • John Deere Classic (PGA) – Silvis, Illinois
Sunday
  • Twins at White Sox
  • John Deere Classic (PGA) – Silvis, Illinois

The White Sox run the town as the Cubs are on the road in Pittsburgh, hosting their AL Central rivals at The Cell. Less than three hours drive away the John Deere Classic tees off in Silvis, Illinois. Why not see the Sox on Saturday and the final round of this PGA tourney on Sunday?

Also see: Chicago City Guide

4. Bay Area

Friday
  • Mets at Giants
Saturday
  • Mets at Giants
  • Union at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Mets at Giants

Jose Reyes will likely be back in the lineup as the Mets make the trip to the Bay Area to face the Giants. Tim Lincecum is set to take the hill this weekend, and even though he is 6-7, he possesses a 3.14 ERA and the crowd brings it when he is on the mound. On Saturday, the Philly Union go cross country to face the San Jose Earthquakes.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

5. Kansas City

Friday
  • Tigers at Royals
Saturday
  • Tigers at Royals
  • Chivas USA at Sporting KC
Sunday
  • Tigers at Royals

The Tigers visit the Royals in an AL Central battle, and scoring is expected to be high. It could be an exciting weekend for fans of runs, based on the way teams have been hitting these pitching staffs. Additionally, Livestrong Sporting Park still has that new car smell, and Sporting KC takes the pitch against Chivas USA. Kansas City is often overlooked and this is a great weekend to take a visit.

Top Sports Power Weekends By City: July and August

Friday, July 1st, 2011

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

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

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Top Sports Power Weekends: June 24-26

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011



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

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

1. Los Angeles

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

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

2. New York

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

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

3. Kansas City

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

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

4. Philadelphia

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

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

5. Dallas

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

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

6. Bay Area

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

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

7. Chicago

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

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

8. Seattle

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

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

9. Washington, D.C.-Baltimore

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

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

10. Pittsburgh

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

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

Top Sports Power Weekends By City: May

Monday, May 2nd, 2011



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

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

1.    NEW YORK

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

2.    LOS ANGELES-SAN DIEGO

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

3.    CHICAGO

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

4.    PHILADELPHIA

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

5.    DALLAS

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

6.    SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND-SAN JOSE-SACRAMENTO

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

7.    BOSTON- HARTFORD-PROVIDENCE

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

8.    ATLANTA

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

9.    WASHINGTON, DC-BALTIMORE

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

10.  HOUSTON

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

11.  DETROIT

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

12.  PHOENIX

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

13.  TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG-ORLANDO

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

14.  SEATTLE-VANCOUVER, BC

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

15.  SEATTLE-PORTLAND, OR

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

16. MINNEAPOLIS

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

17.  MIAMI

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

18.  CLEVELAND-COLUMBUS

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

19.  DENVER

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

20.  ST. LOUIS

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

21.  PITTSBURGH

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

22.  KANSAS CITY

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

23.  SALT LAKE CITY

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

24.  CINCINNATI-LOUISVILLE

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

25.  MILWAUKEE-GREEN BAY-MADISON

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

26.  BUFFALO-TORONTO

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

Top Sports Power Weekends: April

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011



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

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

1.    NEW YORK

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

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March Madness the perfect opportunity for a Sports Power Weekend

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011



What is so great about the NCAA Tournament – besides everything – is that with the games slated for particular times on either Thursday and Saturday, or Friday and Sunday, fans can plan their weekends and budget their time accordingly. Also great is the one-day gap in games that allows the fan to explore the city they are in, and even see another sporting event or two if time permits.

For this reason, the NCAA Tournament (with the conference tournaments bundled in) is the greatest event on the calendar for a Sports Power Weekend. Check out the tournament sites below with the dates of the NCAA Tournament games being played, as well as any other sporting event that can be attended on the same weekend.

To customize a Sports Power Weekends package to any of these sites, contact info@SPWtravel.com for pricing and options.

April 2-4 (Final Four and National Title Game)

Houston Friday
  • San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets
  • Reese’s College All-Star Game
  • PGA Shell Houston Open
Saturday
  • Final Four
  • PGA Shell Houston Open
Sunday
  • Atlanta Hawks at Houston Rockets
  • PGA Shell Houston Open
Monday
  • National Title Game

Houston officials and schedule-makers did a great job bringing in the Shell Houston Open this weekend, as well as having two Rockets games in between the Final Four and Title Game at Reliant Stadium. This is a Sports Power Weekend option that not only offers a tent-pole event in the Final Four, but also a fun spectator event like a PGA Tournament, and two NBA games for the basketball nuts.

Top Sports Power Weekends: March 11-13

Monday, March 7th, 2011



March Madness is officially upon us as conference tournaments get underway this week. They come to a head this weekend with automatic bids and Big Dance dreams on the line. Throw in some Spring Training in beautiful Phoenix and central Florida, as well as NBA and NHL action, and the Sports Power Weekends are plentiful in mid-March.

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

1. New York City

Friday
  • Big East Tournament semifinals
  • Los Angeles Clippers at New Jersey Nets
Saturday
  • Big East Tournament finals
  • New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils
Sunday
  • Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks

There are nearly one dozen teams in the Big East alone fighting for a spot or positioning in the NCAA Tournament. With such a high level of competition, the Big East Tournament in Madison Square Garden is the best place to be during conference tournament weekend. Throw in a Knicks game on Sunday featuring their new star Carmelo Anthony, and this is a great Sports Power Weekend option in mid-March.

Also see: New York City Guide

2. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Pac-10 Tournament semifinals
Saturday
  • Pac-10 Tournament finals
Sunday
  • Phoenix Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks

The Pac-10 Tournament returns to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, giving the UCLA and USC fans a bit of a home court edge. Don’t tell that to Arizona and Washington, however. They aim to take the conference crown and ride the momentum into the Big Dance.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

3. Atlanta

Friday
  • SEC Tournament quarterfinals
  • New Jersey Devils at Atlanta Thrashers
Saturday
  • SEC Tournament semifinals
  • Portland Trail Blazers at Atlanta Hawks
Sunday
  • SEC Tournament finals

The SEC Tournament at the Georgia Dome coincides with Thrashers and Hawks games at Philips Arena in the Georgia World Congress Center over the weekend. Those are some nice options for the Florida and Kentucky fans, among others, who may be making the trip to Atlanta.

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

4. Greensboro, NC

Friday
  • ACC Tournament quarterfinals
  • Portland Trail Blazers at Charlotte Bobcats
Saturday
  • ACC Tournament semifinals
  • Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes
Sunday
  • ACC Tournament finals

Greensboro is about an hour and a half from both Charlotte and Raleigh, making it possible to check out the Bobcats or Hurricanes games taking place on Friday and Saturday. No worries if you don’t make that day trip, though. The ACC Tournament provides enough excitement as it is, especially with the Duke and UNC crowds coming out in force.

5. Indianapolis

Friday
  • Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals
Saturday
  • Big Ten Tournament semifinals
Sunday
  • Big Ten Tournament finals

Contrary to much of the outside general opinion about Indianapolis, this town knows how to put on events. With indoor walkways connecting many of the hotels to the mall and convention center, visitors rarely have to brave the cold to get where they are going. Downtown not only features Lucas Oil Stadium, but also Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers and the Big Ten Tournament. The Big Ten is deep and has been cited as the best conference in the country by a number of analysts, so this weekend has a chance to be special.

6. Kansas City

Friday
  • Big XII Tournament semifinals
Saturday
  • Big XII Tournament finals
Sunday

The Sprint Center may lack an anchor tenant, but that is not reflective of the world-class facility that this is. Kansas City will host its 10th Big XII Tournament, more than any other city, and their event staff will be auditioning for a potential NBA team in the coming years. Be sure to check out the College Basketball Hall of Fame and some of their great BBQ joints while in town.

7. Phoenix

Friday
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Magic at Suns
  • Spring Training

While the top college basketball conference tournaments dominated the first six spots on the list, a familiar entry makes it way in at number seven. Cactus League action in the Phoenix area is a great way to whet your appetite for Opening Day, and Sunday brings a change in gears as the Orlando Magic head west to play the Suns at the US Airways Center.

8. Tampa Bay

Friday
  • Senators at Lightning
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Spring Training

The St. Pete Times Forum will be the place to be on Friday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning push for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Additionally, Grapefruit League action in Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater make for a relaxing and fun rest of the weekend.

9. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • Hurricanes at Capitals
Saturday
  • Clippers at Wizards
Sunday
  • Blackhawks at Capitals

The Verizon Center will get plenty of play this weekend with two Capitals games bracketing a Wizards game on Saturday. You will get a chance to see some of the brightest stars in sports as Alex Ovechkin takes the ice twice for Caps, and rookie phenoms John Wall and Blake Griffin hit the hardwood as the Los Angeles Clippers visit the Wizards.

10. Las Vegas

Friday
  • Mountain West Tournament semifinals
  • WAC Tournament semifinals
Saturday
  • Mountain West Tournament finals
  • WAC Tournament finals
Sunday

The MWC and WAC both hold their conference tournaments in Las Vegas, in the Thomas & Mack Center and Orleans Arena, respectively. I would suspect that fans heading to these tournaments are doing so more for the location than the basketball itself, but to each his own. Enjoy the festivities.

Top Sports Power Weekends: January 7-9

Monday, January 3rd, 2011


Wild Card Weekend in the NFL offers games to anchor Sports Power Weekends in four cities. In addition, the last of the college football bowls, including the BCS National Championship Game, the NBA, NHL, and college basketball help form well-rounded weekends in a number of other cities.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of January 7-9. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Phoenix

Friday
  • Knicks at Suns
Saturday
  • Sabres at Coyotes
  • Stanford at Arizona
  • Cal at Arizona State
Sunday
  • Cavaliers at Suns
Monday
  • BCS National Championship Game (Auburn vs. Oregon)


In this instance, college football does top the NFL. The BCS National Championship Game between Auburn and Oregon anchors a weekend that trumps any of the NFL Wild Card Weekend host cities, with the added bonus of two Suns games and either local college basketball or the Coyotes on Sunday.

2. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Bulls at 76ers
Saturday
  • Devils at Flyers
  • Michigan State at Penn State
Sunday
  • Packers at Eagles
  • Cincinnati at Villanova
  • St. Louis at Temple


Philadelphia offers the strongest SPW in the NFL on Wild Card Weekend. On Friday night Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls visit the Sixers and Saturday features the defending Eastern Conference champion Flyers hosting the New Jersey Devils. The Philadelphia Sports Complex will be buzzing on Sunday as the red-hot Green Bay Packers will try to knock off the NFC East champion Eagles and their MVP candidate Michael Vick.

3. Indianapolis

Friday
  • Spurs at Pacers
Saturday
  • Jets at Colts
  • St. John’s at Notre Dame
Sunday
  • Iowa at Purdue


The NBA’s best team, the San Antonio Spurs, visit the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse on Friday night, but it is Saturday’s heavy hitting matchup between the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts that makes this weekend so attractive, however. The Lucas Oil Field crowd will try to will the AFC South division champs to another Super Bowl run. Sunday, Purdue hosts Iowa in a Big Ten clash.

4. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Hornets at Lakers
  • Blue Jackets at Ducks
Saturday
  • Blue Jackets at Kings
Sunday
  • Knicks at Lakers
  • Warriors at Clippers
  • UCLA at USC
  • Sharks at Ducks


No NFL? No problem. Two Lakers home games, including a Staples Center doubleheader on Sunday, UCLA at USC, and some NHL action makes this weekend one of the best in the nation. No doubt this is a good start to 2011 in the city of Angels.

5. Chicago

Friday
  • Senators at Blackhawks
Saturday
  • Celtics at Bulls
Sunday
  • Indiana at Northwestern
  • Islanders at Blackhawks


The Stanley Cup champs welcome the Ottawa Senators on Friday night, with the United Center rocking again on Saturday for an Eastern Conference clash of the titans. The Bulls will try to prove they belong in the conversation for the conference’s best as they host the Boston Celtics on Saturday. Sunday offers some local college basketball or another game for the defending champion Blackhawks.

6. Seattle

Friday
Saturday
  • Saints at Seahawks
  • Oregon State at Washington
  • Oregon at Washington State
  • Portland at Gonzaga
Sunday


You can expect Qwest Field to be rocking on Saturday as the Seattle Seahawks, the winners of the NFC West, host the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints on Wild Card Weekend. The “12th Man” will be out in full force for this postseason matchup. Also, the Washington Huskies host Oregon on Saturday as the Seahawks game comes to a close. The Emerald City will be on display this weekend.

7. San Antonio

Friday
Saturday
  • Army High School All-American Game
Sunday
  • Timberwolves at Spurs


The Alamodome is the perennial site of the U.S. Army High All-American game, and with the future best college and NFL players taking the field in San Antonio, this game will be sure to captivate the crowd. On Sunday, Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves invade the AT&T Center looking to knock off the Spurs, owners of the NBA’s best record.

8. Kansas City

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Ravens at Chiefs


New Arrowhead Stadium will get a chance to host a playoff game in its first season since its major renovations. The AFC West champions have their work cut out for them when they welcome a tough Baltimore Ravens team to town.

9. Dallas

Friday
  • Cotton Bowl (LSU vs. Texas A&M)
  • Rangers at Stars
Saturday
  • Magic at Mavericks
  • UConn at Texas
  • Baylor at Texas Tech
Sunday


Friday night, Cowboys Stadium will be the site of the 75th Cotton Bowl between the LSU Tigers and local favorite Texas A&M Aggies, and the Stars will welcome the New York Rangers to the American Airlines Center. The arena will also host the Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks game on Saturday, a stiff test for these two title contenders.

10. San Francisco

Friday
  • Cavaliers at Warriors
Saturday
  • Predators at Sharks
Sunday
  • Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (Nevada vs. Boston College)


The Bay Area features an exciting weekend early in 2011 with the Golden State Warriors welcoming the Cleveland Cavaliers to town on Friday night. In San Jose, the Sharks welcome the Nashville Predators on Saturday, and on Sunday in AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl with pit Nevada and Boston College.