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Kentucky Derby Packages (May 3-6, 2012)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011



Sports Power Weekends is proud to offer packages in Churchill Downs® for the Kentucky Derby® and the Kentucky Oaks® in Louisville, Kentucky in 2012.

We will provide an unforgettable experience for you and your guests including in-track hospitality and VIP access at this historic event.

Official 2012 Kentucky Derby Packages (click here for PDF of detailed offerings)


Official Package Inclusions:

  • Block Seating Options for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks
  • Exclusive In-Track Hospitality Venues
  • VIP Access
  • Celebrity Meet & Greets
  • World Class Accommodations at Louisville’s most Luxurious Locations
  • Official Kentucky Derby® 138 Gift Bags, and more!

Official Package Benefits:

  • “Official” packages means peace of mind that you’ll get what you need with no risk of broker and scalper integrity.
  • Exclusive In-Track hospitality gives you race day gourmet food, beverage and terrific experience between races.
  • Knowledgeable Sales Executives that have been to the facility, toured the hotels. Real consultation.
  • Ease of use – your tickets, hospitality, and souvenir are packaged and ready to go in one phone call or web visit.
  • Fixed pricing – no “playing the market” and risk of getting priced out.
  • Packages delivered weeks in advance of the event.

Contact Sports Power Weekends by calling Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or via email at Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com.

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: May 6-8

Monday, May 2nd, 2011



Round Two of both the NBA and NHL playoffs are now underway, and the first month of the baseball season is in the rearview mirror.  Compelling matchups are abound in these playoffs, no more evident than in Boston as the Miami Heat travel to continue perhaps the most anticipated second round matchup in NBA playoff history. The great weekends don’t end in Boston, however.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of May 6-8. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Boston

Friday
  • Flyers at Bruins (Game 4)
  • Twins at Red Sox
Saturday
  • Heat at Celtics (Game 3)
  • Twins at Red Sox
  • Rapids at Revolution
Sunday
  • Twins at Red Sox

Boston keeps churning out incredible Sports Power Weekend opportunities as the Bruins and Celtics advance in the playoffs. Once again, these teams overlap with a Red Sox series at Fenway to create a sports trifecta in Beantown.

Also see: Boston City Guide

2. Dallas

Friday
  • Lakers at Mavericks (Game 3)
  • Yankees at Rangers
Saturday
  • Yankees at Rangers
Sunday
  • Lakers at Mavericks (Game 4)
  • Yankees at Rangers

Two of the most successful teams in American pro sports history descend upon Dallas this weekend as the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Dallas Mavericks for Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference Semifinals series, and the New York Yankees look to avenge their loss at the hands of the Texas Rangers in the ALCS last year. Both the American Airlines Center and the Ballpark in Arlington will be rocking this weekend.

Also see: Dallas City Guide

3. Louisville

Friday
Saturday
  • Kentucky Derby
Sunday

The pageantry and history of the Kentucky Derby will be on full display as the first leg of the Triple Crown gets underway in Louisville at Churchill Downs. This field is wide open, which will only add the allure of the race often referred to as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”

4. Atlanta

Friday
  • Bulls at Hawks (Game 3)
Saturday
    Sunday
    • Bulls at Hawks (Game 4)

    Fresh off their takedown of the Orlando Magic in Round 1, the Atlanta Hawks hope to keep the momentum going strong as they face the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Bulls will visit Philips Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday, making Atlanta a focus of the NBA’s eyes.

    Also see: Atlanta City Guide

    5. Philadelphia

    Friday
    • Braves at Phillies
    Saturday
    • Braves at Phillies
    Sunday
    • Bruins at Flyers (Game 5)
    • Braves at Phillies

    Philadelphia fans contributed to an amazing feat last Saturday, showing up 132,000 strong to sporting events in the area, including the Penn Relays and games by the Flyers, Phillies and Union. This weekend a pivotal Game 5 between the Bruins and Flyers will highlight the slate, which also includes NL East rivals meeting at Citizens Bank Park.

    6. Washington, D.C.

    Friday
    • Rays at Orioles
    Saturday
    • Lightning at Capitals (Game 5)
    • Rays at Orioles
    • FC Dallas at DC United
    Sunday
    • Rays at Orioles

    Tampa Bay fans that love their teams should be making their way to the nation’s capital for this amazing scheduling coincidence. The Rays will be in Baltimore for a three-game set with the Orioles, and meanwhile in Washington, D.C. the Lightning will visit the Capitals for an all-important Game 5 at the Verizon Center. Also on Saturday, DC United hosts FC Dallas in MLS action.

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

    7. Bay Area

    Friday
    • Rockies at Giants
    Saturday
    • Rockies at Giants
    Sunday
    • Red Wings at Sharks (Game 5)
    • Rockies at Giants

    The Shark Tank lived up to its moniker as the Red Wings were eaten alive in San Jose in Games 1 and 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal series. The Sharks welcome the Wings back to the Bay Area for Game 5. Meanwhile, the defending World Series champs take on the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park in an NL West showdown.

    Also see: Bay Area City Guide

    8. Memphis

    Friday
    Saturday
    • Thunder at Grizzlies (Game 3)
    Sunday

    Fans in Memphis have proven to be a pivotal factor in these NBA playoffs as they willed their team to a first-round upset over the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. By having already stolen home-court advantage away from Oklahoma City, the Grizzlies look to capitalize starting with Game 3 at FedEx Forum. Beale Street will be on fire this weekend.

    9. Toronto

    Friday
    • Tigers at Blue Jays
    Saturday
    • Dynamo at Toronto FC
    • Tigers at Blue Jays
    Sunday
    • Tigers at Blue Jays

    The Tigers make the trip from the Great Lakes through Ontario to Toronto where they take on the Blue Jays for a weekend set. On Saturday, the Houston Dynamo will visit Toronto FC in some MLS action to make this an even more worthwhile sports weekend in our neighbor to the north.

    10. Los Angeles

    Friday
    • Indians at Angels
    Saturday
    • Red Bulls at Galaxy
    • Indians at Angels
    Sunday
    • Indians at Angels

    It is hard to keep Los Angeles off this list, and they close out this week by offering a series between the surprises of the early MLB season, the Cleveland Indians, and the Angels in Anaheim. Nearby, the NY-LA feud takes the pitch as the Red Bulls travel to take on the Galaxy.

    Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

    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.