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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: August 5-7

Monday, August 1st, 2011



With August upon us you can practically smell college football and NFL in the air. We’ll have to wait several more weeks for real games, though NFL preseason starts in less than two weeks. For now, baseball, soccer, and tennis overlap to create some spectacular SPW options.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of August 5-7. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Dallas

Friday
  • Indians at Rangers
  • Barcelona open practice (Pizza Hut Park)
Saturday
  • Barcelona vs. Club America (Cowboys Stadium)
  • Indians at Rangers
Sunday
  • Indians at Rangers

The Cleveland Indians and their new top pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez will travel to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers for the weekend, but the real festivities will take place adjacent to The Ballpark, at Cowboys Stadium. FC Barcelona will face the Mexican team Club America on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium. Barca will hold an open training session at Pizza Hut Park on Friday night, and will also be making an appearance at the Nike store in Dallas, as well as other training sessions at SMU.

Also see: Dallas City Guide

2. Los Angeles-San Diego

Friday
  • Mariners at Angels
  • Mercury Insurance Open (Tennis) in San Diego
Saturday
  • Mariners at Angels
  • Mercury Insurance Open (Tennis) in San Diego
  • FC Dallas at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Mariners at Angels
  • Mercury Insurance Open (Tennis) in San Diego

The US Open Series continues as we are now within one month of the US Open in Flushing, NY. The Mercury Insurance Open will feature some of the top women including Kim Clijsters and Ana Ivanovic in San Diego. Meanwhile in Anaheim, the resurgent Angels face their AL West foes from Seattle. In Carson, the Galaxy host FC Dallas in a matchup of the top two Western Conference MLS teams.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

3. Washington, D.C.-Baltimore

Friday
  • Blue Jays at Orioles
  • Legg Mason Classic (Tennis) in Washington, D.C.
Saturday
  • Blue Jays at Orioles
  • Legg Mason Classic (Tennis) in Washington, D.C.
  • Toronto FC at DC United
Sunday
  • Blue Jays at Orioles
  • Legg Mason Classic (Tennis) in Washington, D.C.

The Legg Mason Tennis Classic will feature some of the top men’s players in the world, including Americans James Blake, Mardy Fish and Jon Isner, as well as Gael Monfils, Nikolay Davydenko and defending champion David Nalbandian. Meanwhile, in nearby Baltimore, the O’s host AL East counterpart Toronto in a weekend series. Toronto fans will also be able to catch their MLS team in action against DC United on Saturday.

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

4. Canton, Ohio

Friday
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
  • Bridgestone Invitational (PGA) in Akron
Saturday
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
  • Bridgestone Invitational (PGA) in Akron
Sunday
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
  • Bridgestone Invitational (PGA) in Akron

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game was cancelled due to the labor uncertainty that has now been settled, but the induction weekend carries on nonetheless. More than 75 living Hall of Famers will descend on the cradle of football for the Induction Ceremony as well as the Enshrinees Dinner. Check out the full schedule of festivities here: http://www.profootballhof.com/enshrinement/festivalschedule.aspx.

5. Bay Area

Friday
  • Phillies at Giants
Saturday
  • Phillies at Giants
  • Timbers at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Phillies at Giants

Both the Phillies and the Giants, the two teams that faced off in the NLDS last postseason, added big bats to their lineup for the stretch run and postseason. The Giants added Phillies foe Carlos Beltran, formerly of the Mets, and the Phillies added former Astros outfielder Hunter Pence. This should make for a tense weekend series at AT&T Park.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: July 29-31

Monday, July 25th, 2011



The breaking news this morning is that NFL training camps will get underway this weekend and the free agency frenzy may start as soon as tomorrow afternoon. Because training camp dates, locations, and openness to the public hasn’t been disclosed yet, we’ll focus on what we know for this weekend’s top SPWs. Baseball, soccer and the continuing US Open Series in tennis lead the way as we close out July.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of July 29-31. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • Mets at Nationals
Saturday
  • Barcelona vs. Manchester United (FedExField)
  • Mets at Nationals
Sunday
  • Mets at Nationals

The 2011 Champions League Final was won handily by Barcelona 3-1 at the end of May, and two months later the rematch is played on American soil. FedExField will host this matchup of Goliaths as Manchester United closes out their US tour, and Barcelona begins theirs. Saturday promises to be a fun match. Also in town, the Mets take the Acela Express down to the Navy Yards to face the Nats at Nationals Park. They’ll feel right at home with Shake Shack now being served at both stadiums!

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

2. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Diamondbacks at Dodgers
  • Rockies at Padres
  • Farmers Classic (Tennis) at UCLA
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Dodgers
  • Rockies at Padres
  • Farmers Classic (Tennis) at UCLA
Sunday
  • Diamondbacks at Dodgers
  • Rockies at Padres
  • Farmers Classic (Tennis) at UCLA

Mardy Fish just successfully defended his title at the Atlanta Tennis Championships, and hopes to add another title this weekend at the Farmers Classic played on the campus of UCLA in Westwood. He’ll have stiff competition from the likes of James Blake, Tommy Haas and 2008 champ Juan Martin del Potro. Across town, the Dodgers host three against NL West foe Arizona at the still beautiful Dodger Stadium.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

3. Bay Area

Friday
  • Twins at A’s
  • Bank of the West Classic (WTA) at Stanford
Saturday
  • Twins at A’s
  • DC United at Earthquakes
  • Bank of the West Classic (WTA) at Stanford
Sunday
  • Twins at A’s
  • Bank of the West Classic (WTA) at Stanford

The Twins surged after a horrid season start and find themselves within striking distance in the AL Central. They’ll travel to Oakland to take on the A’s in an important three game set leading into August. Down in Palo Alto, the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford will feature some of the top names in the women’s tennis game, such as Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Marian Bartoli and Ana Ivanovic.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

4. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Pirates at Phillies
  • Rapids at Union
Saturday
  • Pirates at Phillies
Sunday
  • Pirates at Phillies

Baseball matters again in both Pennsylvania cities, as the Pirates and Phillies each fight for a division crown. This will be the most meaningful interstate series between these two in at least 17 years! Out in Chester on Friday, the Union will take on the Rapids in MLS action.

5. St. Louis

Friday
  • Cubs at Cardinals
Saturday
  • Cubs at Cardinals
Sunday
  • Cubs at Cardinals

While the Cubs toil nearly 20 games under .500, the Cardinals are tied for the NL Central lead in a race that figures to go all the way to the end of September. But games in July count the same in the standings as games in the season’s final month, and in this rivalry nothing is ever taken for granted. This should be a fun series at Busch Stadium.

Top Sports Power Weekends: July 22-24

Monday, July 18th, 2011



The World Football Challenge kicked off last week and has been a tremendous success, particularly in Los Angeles, where the Galaxy-Real Madrid match was played in front of 56,000 fans. This week, two of the most popular teams in the world will face MLS teams in NFL stadiums as part of Sports Power Weekends that also feature Major League Baseball games in the same city.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of July 22-24. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Chicago

Friday
  • Astros at Cubs
Saturday
  • Manchester United at Fire (Soldier Field)
  • Astros at Cubs
Sunday
  • Astros at Cubs

Neither the Cubs nor the Fire have been doing particularly well on the field this year, but seeing those teams play is still the thing to do this weekend as both host games in Chicago. Seeing Manchester United take over Soldier Field will be a thrill for soccer fans, and throwing in a Sunday afternoon game at Wrigley Field is just the icing on the cake for this Windy City Weekend. (Buy tickets for this weekend here).

Also see: Chicago City Guide

2. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Padres at Phillies
Saturday
  • Real Madrid at Union (Lincoln Financial Field)
  • Padres at Phillies
Sunday
  • Padres at Phillies

The City of Brotherly Love is opening its arms to Real Madrid, one of the most exciting and best teams in all of Europe. They face off against the hometown Philadelphia Union at The Linc. The Sons of Ben will be loud and proud supporting their team. Also this weekend in the South Philly Sports Complex, the NL-best Phillies will host three games with the San Diego Padres.

3. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Nationals at Dodgers
Saturday
  • Nationals at Dodgers
  • Houston at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • Manchester City at Galaxy
  • Nationals at Dodgers

The Galaxy was beating badly at the hands of Real Madrid last weekend, but they look to shake it off as they face another tough European squad, Manchester City of the English Premier League. The Home Depot Center will host this match in Carson, not far from Dodger Stadium, where the Dodgers face the Washington Nationals for a weekend set.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

4. New York

Friday
  • A’s at Yankees
Saturday
  • A’s at Yankees
  • FC Dallas at Red Bulls
Sunday
  • A’s at Yankees

The Yankees have New York baseball to themselves as the Mets are on the road, and they welcome the A’s to town as they look to regain the AL East lead. Out in Harrison, New Jersey on Saturday, FC Dallas visits the Red Bulls. The field will host the MLS All Stars vs. Manchester United next week.

Also see: New York City Guide

5. Pittsburgh

Friday
  • Cardinals at Pirates
Saturday
  • Cardinals at Pirates
Sunday
  • Cardinals at Pirates

The resurgent Pirates made a brief stop atop the NL Central division and are fighting with the Cardinals, Brewers and Reds in a tight division race. The Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh in what is the most meaningful series perhaps ever played at PNC Park. Grab a Primanti’s sandwich in between innings, because you will not want to miss the action.

Top Sports Power Weekends: July 15-17

Monday, July 11th, 2011



The NFL seems to be getting closer to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, but whereas training camps usually start in the next week or so, it is hard to see them starting before early August at this rate. This continues MLB and soccer’s stranglehold on all things sports in the summer months. As the second half of the MLB season is set to get underway, division races will heat up. Games become more important, and with that, memories on Sports Power Weekends become more vivid.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of July 15-17. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. New York

Friday
  • Phillies at Mets
  • Paul McCartney at Yankee Stadium
Saturday
  • Phillies at Mets
  • Paul McCartney at Yankee Stadium
Sunday
  • Phillies at Mets

The Phillies finished the first half of the season with the best record in all of baseball, while the Mets were a respectable one game over .500. These two NL East rivals kick off the season’s second half in an important series at Citi Field. Meanwhile, the Yankees are on the road leaving Yankee Stadium open for the weekend. The stadium will still be full however, as Paul McCartney takes the stage Friday and Saturday night.

Also see: New York City Guide

2. Los Angeles-San Diego

Friday
  • Giants at Padres
Saturday
  • Galaxy vs. Real Madrid (LA Coliseum)
  • Giants at Padres
  • Red Bulls at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • Giants at Padres

The Herbalife World Football Challenge some of the world’s best clubs and MLS clubs against one another throughout the country, starting on Wednesday. The first weekend games will take place in Los Angeles at San Francisco, starting with the LA Galaxy vs. Real Madrid game on Saturday at the LA Coliseum. Two hours down the road the NL West leading SF Giants face in-state rivals the San Diego Padres.

Also see: Los Angeles-San Diego City Guide

3. San Francisco-Oakland

Friday
  • Angels at A’s
Saturday
  • Angels at A’s
  • Manchester City vs. Club America (AT&T Park)
Sunday
  • Angels at A’s

San Francisco’s iteration of the World Football Challenge takes place at AT&T Park while the Giants are in San Diego. Manchester City and Club America will face off in what should be a fun match. Across the bay, the Los Angeles Angels will take on the Oakland A’s in a weekend set.

Also see: San Francisco-Oakland City Guide

4. Chicago

Friday
  • Marlins at Cubs
Saturday
  • Marlins at Cubs
  • Timbers at Fire
Sunday
  • Marlins at Cubs

After a horrid stretch, the Marlins are streaking and feeling good as they travel to Chicago to take on the Cubs at historic Wrigley Field. Saturday sees the Chicago Fire host the MLS’s newest team, the Portland Timbers at Toyota Park. The Fire will face Manchester United at Soldier Field in next week’s World Football Challenge (tickets here).

Also see: Chicago City Guide

5. Seattle

Friday
  • Rangers at Mariners
Saturday
  • Rangers at Mariners
  • Rapids at Sounders
Sunday
  • Rangers at Mariners

The hottest ticket in MLS is consistently the Seattle Sounders, who playing in an NFL stadium vastly outdraw their MLB counterparts, the Mariners. Both play at beautiful facilities and in front of passionate fans. This is what makes Seattle an ideal SPW getaway this weekend. Check out a Mariners game and  a Sounders game, and enjoy what the rest of the city has to offer.

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: July 1-4

Thursday, June 30th, 2011



There are few more anticipated weekends in the summer than Independence Day Weekend, especially when July 4 falls on a Monday. This is a great weekend to grill out, spend time with friends and family, and of course, go on a Sports Power Weekend. The long weekend provides an opportunity to check out two different baseball stadiums in the same city in Los Angeles, Chicago, and in the Bay Area, giving those three the tops spots on this week’s list.

I present to you the five best Sports Power Weekends of July 1-4. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Dodgers at Angels
Saturday
  • Dodgers at Angels
  • Fire at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • Dodgers at Angels
Monday
  • Mets at Dodgers
  • Sounders at Galaxy

The Dodgers’ financial troubles are well documented, but that won’t take away from the Freeway Series between the Dodgers and Angels this weekend. The opportunity to see a Chivas USA game at Home Depot Center on Saturday, a game at Angels Stadium on Sunday, and a Fourth of July game at Dodger Stadium on Monday is what Sports Power Weekends is all about. Don’t forget to put on your sunscreen!

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

2. Chicago

Friday
  • White Sox at Cubs
Saturday
  • White Sox at Cubs
Sunday
  • White Sox at Cubs
Monday
  • Royals at White Sox

This is another cross-town rivalry on Fourth of July Weekend, this time taking place at iconic Wrigley Field between the hometown Cubs and visiting White Sox. After the three game set, the Cubs hit the road while the Sox move back to U.S. Cellular Park to host the Royals on Independence Day. Here is an opportunity to have a great weekend in a great American city.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

3. Bay Area

Friday
  • Diamondbacks at Athletics
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Athletics
  • Red Bulls at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Diamondbacks at Athletics
Monday
  • Padres at Giants

Summers in the Bay Area can be brisk, but it is still a great time of year to visit, and this weekend will be no different. You can check out the A’s at O.co Coliseum (formerly Oakland Coliseum), as well as an MLS San Jose Earthquakes game, then the World Series champion San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Monday. Another city where you can kill three birds with one stone.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

4. New York

Friday
  • Yankees at Mets
Saturday
  • Yankees at Mets
Sunday
  • Yankees at Mets

The Subway Series resumes, this time at Citi Field as the red-hot Mets meet the red-hot Yankees. No Derek Jeter for this one, but it will still have a lot of meaning between the fanbases, and these games count. The Mets are in the Wild Card hunt and the Yankees look to win the AL East, as we approach the mid point of the season.

Also see: New York City Guide

5. Washington D.C.

Friday
  • Pirates at Nationals
Saturday
  • Pirates at Nationals
  • Union at D.C. United
Sunday
  • Pirates at Nationals
Monday
  • Cubs at Nationals

You can imagine Nationals Park is a good place to be as we celebrate our nation’s Independence. Who will win the Presidents Race on July 4? Will it just end in a tie? This is a good weekend for Pirates or Cubs fans to make the trip to see their team in D.C., and while there check out an MLS game.

Also see: Washington D.C. City Guide

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.