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Top Sports Power Weekends: February 25-27

Monday, February 21st, 2011



You would think it would be hard for Los Angeles to follow up an NBA All-Star Weekend, but the upcoming weekend is more well rounded and brings a lot of star power itself. Other cities around the country feature weekends headlined by Spring Training, the NFL Combine, and basketball and hockey action. As February comes to a close and March Madness approaches, much will have to be settled on the court this weekend.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of February 25-27. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Clippers at Lakers
  • Wild at Ducks
Saturday
  • Celtics at Clippers
  • Avalanche at Kings
  • Arizona at UCLA
  • Arizona State at USC
Sunday
  • Avalanche at Ducks


You can read more information about this weekend in the link below, but the short story is that the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Ducks, and UCLA and USC basketball are all home this weekend. This could be one of the best regular-season SPWs all year, following up on a hugely successful NBA All-Star Weekend in LA. The City of Angels is closing February strong.

Also see: Sports Power Weekend Destination: Los Angeles

2. Tampa Bay-Orlando

Friday
  • Thunder at Magic
  • Devils at Lightning
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Bobcats at Magic


With Spring Training now underway, central Florida is a great place to be on the last weekend in February. The Magic bookend the weekend with home games at the newly minted Amway Center, and MLB exhibition games are taking place at various locations in the area. Take your pick of Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater; you can’t go wrong.

3. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • Rangers at Capitals
Saturday
  • Mavericks at Wizards
  • Syracuse at Georgetown
Sunday


The New York Rangers are fighting for their playoff lives, but that won’t mean that Alex Ovechkin and the Caps are going to take it easy on them. The Verizon Center is the place to be this weekend with Friday night and Saturday dates getting the fans going. The Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry is always heated, and Big East and NCAA Tournament positioning is on the line.

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

4. Portland

Friday
  • Nuggets at Trail Blazers
Saturday
  • Stanford at Oregon
  • Cal at Oregon State
Sunday
  • Hawks at Trail Blazers


The Denver Nuggets are bound to have a different roster composition by this weekend with the impending Carmelo Anthony trade, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from checking out the Rose Garden, one of the NBA’s best arenas. From there, check out Oregon’s sparkling new Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene for a Ducks game against Stanford.

5. Miami

Friday
  • Wizards at Heat
Saturday
Sunday
  • Knicks at Heat
  • Devils at Panthers


NBA All-Star Weekend has concluded, but the stars still shine at American Airlines Arena with Heat home games against John Wall and the Washington Wizards, and Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks this weekend. Throw in the beautiful weather and Spring Training not too far away and you have got yourself a great weekend.

6. Indianapolis

Friday
  • Jazz at Pacers
  • NFL Scouting Combine
Saturday
  • Seton Hall at Notre Dame
  • NFL Scouting Combine
Sunday
  • Suns at Pacers
  • NFL Scouting Combine


Even though the NFL Scouting Combine is closed to the public, there is a decided NFL feel to the weekend in Indianapolis. You will see future NFL stars and current coaches and GMs in and out of restaurants and the mall throughout the weekend. On top of that are two Pacers games at the spacious and fan-friendly Conseco Fieldhouse.

7. Louisville-Lexington, KY

Friday
Saturday
  • Florida at Kentucky
Sunday
  • Pittsburgh at Louisville
  • UConn at Cincinnati


Similar to last weekend’s Louisville-Lexington SPW, the Cardinals and Wildcats will be holding court again this weekend in Kentucky. An SEC showdown between Florida and Kentucky takes place at Rupp Arena on Saturday night, and top-10 Pitt visits Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday. Not a bad weekend to be in the Bluegrass State.

8. Minneapolis

Friday
  • Hornets at Timberwolves
Saturday
  • Michigan at Minnesota
Sunday
  • Warriors at Timberwolves


Every day of the weekend offers something for sports fans in Minneapolis. Check out Kevin Love and the Timberwolves twice on the weekend, and a game with big NCAA Tournament implications between Michigan and Minnesota on Saturday.

9. Oklahoma City

Friday
Saturday
  • Kansas at Oklahoma
Sunday
  • Lakers at Thunder


Two very high-profile teams make visits to Oklahoma this weekend. On Saturday in Norman the top-five Kansas Jayhawks clash with the Oklahoma Sooners, and on Sunday Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers take on the young and energetic Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. There is some great basketball to be seen here this weekend.

10. Toronto

Friday
  • Suns at Raptors
Saturday
  • Penguins at Maple Leafs
Sunday
  • Mavericks at Raptors


Our friendly neighbors up north provide some action at the Air Canada Centre throughout the weekend with the Raptors hosting two games to bookend the Maple Leafs taking the ice on Saturday. Throw in a trip to the top of the CN Tower and you can call yourself an honorary Canadian for the weekend.

Top Sports Power Weekends: February 18-20

Monday, February 14th, 2011



Only the NBA Finals create a bigger buzz than the All-Star weekend festivities, and that might even be in question with the NBA All-Star Game taking place in Hollywood. It is no surprise that LA tops the list of Sports Power Weekends for February 18-20, but numbers two and three on the list may surprise you. As we approach March Madness, expect to see college basketball front and center on these lists.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of February 18-20. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Los Angeles

Friday
  • NBA All-Star Weekend
  • Northern Trust Open
Saturday
  • NBA All-Star Weekend
  • Northern Trust Open
Sunday
  • NBA All-Star Weekend
  • Northern Trust Open


With all of the pomp and circumstance that regularly accompanies the NBA All-Star Weekend, putting the festivities in LA will likely blow all previous attempts out of the water. The Rookie Challenge takes place on Friday night, the dunk contest and three-point shoot out take place during the All-Star Saturday Night lineup, and the 60th  NBA All-Star Game takes place Sunday at the Staples Center. In nearby Pacific Palisades, the Northern Trust Open will be underway for a mid-day visit.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

2. Raleigh, NC

Friday
  • Flyers at Hurricanes
Saturday
  • Boston College at UNC
  • Florida State at Wake Forest
Sunday
  • Georgia Tech at Duke


It is as if the college basketball gods are handing down a gift this weekend. Spreading out the ACC schedule so that a fan can catch a UNC game on Saturday and a Duke game on Sunday is just too much to pass up. Throw in some NHL action on Friday night, and a North Carolina SPW is in order.

3. Louisville-Lexington, KY

Friday
  • UConn at Louisville
Saturday
  • South Carolina at Kentucky
  • Fordham at Xavier
Sunday


Fans in Kentucky will no doubt take umbrage with falling behind Raleigh on this list, and they have a point. With a Big East battle coming to the newly minted KFC Yum! Center on Friday night, and an SEC clash at Rupp Arena on Saturday, this is a bluegrass weekend you just don’t want to miss. Hit up Graeter’s Ice Cream to put the cherry on top, literally.

4. New York City

Friday
  • Rangers at Devils
  • Harlem Globetrotters
Saturday
  • Pitt at St. John’s
  • Kings at Islanders
  • Harlem Globetrotters
Sunday
  • Flyers at Rangers


The weekly contender for the top spot falls down to number four this week, but there is still plenty to see in NYC. The Harlem Globetrotters take their family friendly entertainment to Madison Square Garden on Friday and Saturday, and MSG also hosts the Johnnie’s and a classic Rangers matchup. Get familiar with the World’s Most Famous Arena.

Also see: New York City Guide

5. Chicago

Friday
  • Blue Jackets at Blackhawks
Saturday
  • Villanova at DePaul
Sunday
  • Penguins at Blackhawks


The defending Stanley Cup champs welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to the United Center on Sunday, anchoring a weekend that sees another Blackhawks game on Friday, and Villanova, one of the Big East’s top teams, come into the windy city to face DePaul.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

6. Milwaukee

Friday
Saturday
  • Seton Hall at Marquette
Sunday
  • Penn State at Wisconsin


The state of Wisconsin is still riding high off of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl win. Bask in reflective glory and join the cheeseheads as they cheer on Marquette on Saturday in Milwaukee and Wisconsin on Sunday in Madison.

7. San Francisco-Oakland

Friday
Saturday
  • Avalanche at Sharks
  • USC at Stanford
Sunday
  • UCLA at Cal


No NBA? No problem. The San Jose Sharks welcome the Colorado Avalanche into The Tank, and the southern California basketball teams take on their northern California Pac-10 counterparts.

Also see: San Francisco-Oakland City Guide

8. Miami

Friday
  • Red Wings at Panthers
Saturday
Sunday
  • Clemson at Miami


OK, so the Heat are out of town, but hey, it is a holiday weekend in the middle of February. You are telling me you don’t want to be in Miami? Check out the BankUnited Center and the BankAtlantic Center for some great action on Friday and Sunday. Bank on it!

9. New Orleans

Friday
Saturday
  • Marshall at Tulane
Sunday
  • Florida at LSU


These are certainly not the sexiest college basketball matchups of the weekend, but the fact that the weekend will be based out of Nawlins more than makes up for this. Some great Cajun food and jazz music will spice up this weekend nicely.

Also see: New Orleans City Guide

10. Buffalo

Friday
  • Blues at Sabres
Saturday
  • Rutgers at Syracuse
  • Senators at Maple Leafs
Sunday
  • Capitals at Sabres


Friday and Sunday Sabres games bracket the weekend, and Saturday provides some options. Basing out of Buffalo, you can either make the trip to Toronto for the Ottawa Senators-Toronto Maple Leafs game, or head to Syracuse as the Orange host Rutgers at the Carrier Dome. Having to decide between those two is what we call a good problem.