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Rally with a Tennis Legend!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

 

With VIP experiences from The PowerShares Series you can play on the court with a tennis legend! One-hour clinics are available in 12 different cities in October and November, giving you the chance to play on the court with Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, and other Grand Slam champions!

The PowerShares Series will make stops at arenas in 12 US cities, pitting four champions against one another in a one-night-only event. Stops on the tour include: Surprise, AZ (Oct. 13); Chicago (Oct. 17); Detroit (Oct. 18); Boston (Oct. 19); Philadelphia (Nov. 2); New York City (Nov. 5); Tampa (Nov. 9); Atlanta (Nov. 10); San Jose (Nov. 16); Las Vegas (Nov. 17); Denver (Nov. 29); and Anaheim (Nov. 30).

Three different VIP experiences are being offered by Sports Power Weekends via the PowerShares Series, including the player clinic experience, the player backstage experience, and the player Q&A with hospitality experience. What those three entail is listed below:

Player Clinic Experience

  • Exclusive one-hour group clinic with two headlining players on the arena court
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players, emceed by a Tennis Channel personality

Price: $1,500

Player Backstage Experience

  • Backstage meet and greet with all four headlining players before the matches start
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Player walk out: Accompany the players as they leave the backstage area and take center court
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players

Price: $750

Player Q&A with Hospitality Experience

  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event featuring all four players with dinner and open bar
  • Rub shoulders with the players and hear their thoughts on all topics in a Q&A session

Price: $250

NOTE: Tickets to the actual matches are not included in the above experiences, and range from $45-250 each, depending on the city.

Purchase Information

To purchase any of these VIP experiences, click on your city to be taken to the specific event page. Then click the “Buy Now” button for the experience you would like to reserve!

Surprise, Arizona (Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex; Saturday, October 13)

Chicago, Illinois (United Center; Wednesday, October 17)

Detroit, Michigan (Palace of Auburn Hills; Thursday, October 18)

Boston, Massachusetts (TD Garden; Friday, October 19)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Wells Fargo Center; Friday, November 2)

New York, New York (Madison Square Garden; Monday, November 5)

Tampa, Florida (Tampa Bay Times Forum; Friday, November 9)

Atlanta, Georgia (Gwinnett Center; Saturday, November 10)

San Jose, California (HP Pavilion; Friday, November 16)

Las Vegas, Nevada (Mandalay Bay Hotel; Saturday, November 17)

Denver, Colorado (Pepsi Center; Thursday, November 29)

Anaheim, California (Honda Center; Friday, November 30)

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For additional information, contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com.

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

 

PowerShares Series VIP Tennis Experiences: New York City

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012



(Madison Square Garden; Monday, November 5)

THE PLAYERS

  • Pete Sampras
  • Andre Agassi
  • John McEnroe
  • Patrick Rafter

Three different VIP experiences are being offered by Sports Power Weekends via the PowerShares Series, including the player clinic experience, the player backstage experience, and the player Q&A with hospitality experience. What those three entail is listed below:

Player Clinic Experience

  • Exclusive one-hour group clinic with two headlining players on the arena court
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players, emceed by a Tennis Channel personality

Price: $1,500

Player Backstage Experience

  • Backstage meet and greet with all four headlining players before the matches start
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Player walk out: Accompany the players as they leave the backstage area and take center court
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players

Price: $750

Player Q&A with Hospitality Experience

  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event featuring all four players with dinner and open bar
  • Rub shoulders with the players and hear their thoughts on all topics in a Q&A session

Price: $250

NOTE: Tickets to the actual matches are not included in the above experiences, and range from $45-250 each, depending on the city.

Purchase Information

To purchase any of these VIP experiences, click the “Buy Now” button for the experience you would like to reserve!

VIP Sponsor Clinic with Sampras/Agassi/McEnroe/Rafter ($1,500) VIP Meet & Greet with McEnroe/Agassi/Sampras/Rafter ($750 per person) VIP Cocktail Party with all Players ($250 per person)


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Event Schedule (Madison Square Garden; Monday, November 5)

  • 3:00 PM — VIP Sponsor Clinic #1 with Sampras/Rafter (VIP Upgrade required)
  • 4:00 PM — VIP Sponsor Clinic #2 with McEnroe/Agassi (VIP Upgrade required)
  • 6:00 PM — VIP Cocktail Party with all Players (VIP Upgrade required)
  • 6:30 PM — Doors open to public
  • 7:30 PM — Event starts & Semi-final #1 (Sampras vs Rafter)
  • 8:15 PM — Semi-final #2 (McEnroe vs Agassi)
  • 9:00 PM — Finals (eight-game pro set match)

 

For additional information, contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com.

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

Meet New York Knicks Legend Patrick Ewing!

Monday, May 14th, 2012


Courtesy of Getty Images

Take part in an incredible evening featuring Basketball Hall of Famer and New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing as part of the TimesTalk series on Monday, July 23. The event will feature a Q&A session with the 11-time All-Star from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, held at the TimesCenter on West 41st St (between 7th and 8th Avenue). Sports Power Weekends, Inc. has partnered with Steiner Sports and can get you reserved spots to this amazing event!

Several packages are available, the first two of which include Patrick Ewing memorabilia, courtesy of Steiner Sports.

Super VIP Package #1 – $1,499 ($749 per person)

  • Admission for 2 to TimesTalk event
  • Access for 2 to green room prior to event to meet and chat with Patrick Ewing for 10-15 minutes
  • Admission for 2 to VIP cocktail hour after event
  • Photo taken with you and your guest, and Patrick Ewing
  • Patrick Ewing signed basketball or signed and framed 16×20 photo



VIP Package #2 – $499

  • Admission for 1 to TimesTalk event
  • Admission for 1 to VIP cocktail hour after event
  • Photo taken with you and Patrick Ewing
  • Patrick Ewing signed basketball or signed and framed 16×20 photo



VIP Package #3 – $299

  • Admission for 1 to TimesTalk event
  • Admission for 1 to VIP cocktail hour after event
  • Photo taken with you and Patrick Ewing


Package #4 – $99

  • Admission for 1 to TimesTalk event


For additional information, contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com.

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

Sports Power Weekend Destination: New York

Friday, December 10th, 2010


December 17-19 Friday
  • Heat at Knicks
  • Predators at Devils
Saturday
  • Coyotes at Islanders
Sunday
  • Eagles at Giants
  • Hawks at Nets
  • NJIT at Seton Hall


Big Bite Out of the Big Apple

With so many professional and college teams calling New York (and New Jersey) home, hardly a weekend goes by without multiple teams playing here. It is not hard to find a Sports Power Weekend in New York in any season, but picking the right one can be tricky. As December rolls along, baseball and college football have given way to the NBA, NHL and college basketball, and the NFL regular season approaches its end. This creates a rare window where you can see the Knicks play at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” and a game from the perfect Sports Power Weekends league: the NFL.

The holiday spirit has cast over New York by the middle of December, and so has the cold weather. But that shouldn’t chill your excitement, especially with the Heat coming to town. With the Knicks and Giants both home, and the possibility of an NHL game on Saturday in play, there is a lot to be cheerful for this holiday season.

Travel note: With potential weather issues and traffic this time of year, it is important to know your options regarding traveling from the airports. Cabs back from LaGuardia are often in the range of $25 and take about 30 minutes depending on traffic to Manhattan. Cabs from Kennedy airport are a flat $45 plus tips and tolls. A more inexpensive option is taking the Air Train from the airport to Jamaica station, and then taking the E subway line into Manhattan. This will take between 45 minutes and one hour, but only costs $7.25.

Friday

  • Madison Square Garden
  • Lombardi’s
  • Lower East Side

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They don’t call Madison Square Garden “The World’s Most Famous Arena” for nothing. Since opening in its current location in 1968, MSG has been the site of some of the most historic moments in NBA (Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals), NHL (Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals), boxing (Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier), college basketball (home to the Big East Tournament since 1983), and music history.

While tonight’s game may not live up to those lofty moments, the Knicks welcome LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat to The Garden in what promises to be an electric atmosphere normally befitting a playoff game. James and Michael Jordan are the only players who have scored multiple 50-point games at the current Madison Square Garden; it is always a show when he comes to New York in front of 19,763 fans and a tremendous media contingent.

Your next move should be from an historic arena to an historic pizza joint. The over 100 year-old Lombardi’s Pizzeria (take the F subway line from Herald Square to Second Avenue) is worthy of the incredibly lofty praise that has been heaped on it like cheese and sauce. Lombardi’s was the first pizzeria in the country, and has a story that will make your head spin (Scott’s Pizza Tours has the inside scoop for you as part of what could be a fantastic afternoon of pizza eating and pizza history).

There is no shortage of nightlife options while you are down on the lower east side. Right around the corner from the Meatball Shop is Arlene’s Grocery, a small, unassuming live music joint that promises a good time. Also, a few blocks north is Alphabet City in the East Village, where even more young-leaning bars reside.

Saturday

  • Sarabeth’s
  • Central Park
  • NBA Store
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • China Grill
  • Museums
  • o   Museum of Natural History
    o   Metropolitan Museum of Art
    o   Guggenheim

  • P.J. Clarke’s
  • Second Avenue

There are so many great breakfast and brunch spots in Manhattan that it is difficult to only offer one suggestion for starting your Saturday morning, but Sarabeth’s on Central Park South is a good option. Its location, just across from Central Park between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, sets up your morning nicely. It is up to you if you want to wander through the park and see what it is all about; the 18th is the final day of Winterfest at the Central Park Zoo, which is located just off Fifth Avenue at 64th Street.

Making your way south, the NBA Store on 52nd Street and Fifth Avenue is the world’s only NBA Store and is worth a visit. It opened in its current location in 1998 and will actually be moving in February of 2011, so this may be your best chance to check it out. With a half-court shooting area, video games, memorabilia and tons of merchandise, you are sure to find something you can wear to represent your favorite team.

Next up, a little holiday spirit in the heart of midtown. Head two blocks south to Rockefeller Center at 50th Street and Fifth Avenue to check out the Tree, the Ice Skating Rink, NBC Studios and 30 Rockefeller Plaza. If it is a clear day you can even go to The Top of the Rock, 70 floors high, for exhilarating and unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. It isn’t quite as far-reaching a view as the top of the Empire State Building, but you will avoid that tremendous wait and those higher prices. You can then make your way through the rest of the plaza towards Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) to check out Radio City Music Hall and perhaps catch one of the several Radio City Christmas Spectacular performances that are put on daily.

After the show you will have built up a bit of an appetite, and the nearby China Grill is just the thing for you. Right across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, this Asian-fusion restaurant serves some great lunch dishes, including their Confucius chicken or crackling calamari salads.

An avenue west of China Grill is the 1-2 Subway line that will take you up to 79th and Broadway and drop you off just a few blocks west of the Museum of Natural History and the adjoining Hayden Planetarium. Just across Central Park and its Great Lawn over on 82nd and Fifth Avenue is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition, the Guggenheim Museum resides at 89th Street and Fifth Avenue. There is a whole lot of culture in a small radius in this city.

You do have the option of making your way to Penn Station to catch the Long Island Railroad to Uniondale station, a stone’s throw from Nassau Coliseum, where the New York Islanders are hosting the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coliseum opened in 1972 and has housed the Islanders ever since, also playing home to the New York Nets of the ABA and NBA from 1972-77, during which time Julius “Dr. J” Erving was leading the Nets to the ABA title and winning the ABA MVP (1974). The Coliseum was nicknamed “Fort Neverlose” during the Islanders’ four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1980-84; over the course of those four seasons the Islanders sported a home record of 141-36-23, including the postseason. The Coliseum has since become quite dilapidated, but if you have the urge to catch an NHL game on this day, the trip from the city is easy and you can be back in the city for the nightlife.

If you opt to skip the hockey game, head down towards Midtown to P.J. Clarke’s on 55th and Third Avenue, a location it has maintained since the late 1800’s. P.J. Clarke’s serves up some of the best burgers in New York, and it will be worth the wait at the historic, if not cramped, bar at the front of the restaurant. Just a block east of P.J. Clarke’s on Second Avenue there are a bunch of bars that you can feel free to pop in and out of to see what suits your tastes. The bars cater to a mostly young professional crowd, but even though they all seem to be constructed the same, one may have more of a vibe that fits you better than the others.

Sunday

  • H&H Bagels
  • New Meadowlands Stadium

Courtesy of AP Images

You would be remiss if you came to New York but didn’t have one of the delicacies that helps separate the city from the rest of the country: the bagel. And there is no better place to have one than H&H Bagels. With locations on both the east and west side of Manhattan, regardless of where you are staying this should be your first stop of the morning. After devouring one (or two), your mindset should switch from food to football, as two of the NFL’s premier franchises are set to face off across the river.

With the New Jersey Transit rail line making stop directly in front of New Meadowlands Stadium, traveling to and from Giants and Jets games has become much more convenient. For maximum tailgating experience, driving and arriving early is still the best way to go, but if you are coming from Long Island, New York City, Westchester or parts of New Jersey, the NJ Transit (via Penn Station and Secaucus) is a great option.

The New Meadowlands Stadium made its debut earlier in the 2010 season and offers fans four massive video boards, one at each corner of the $1.6 billion stadium, and a tremendous number of TVs throughout the wide concourses. The concession stands have been tremendously upgraded from the options previously offered at Giants Stadium. More than 82,500 fans pack the stands each week for either the Giants or the Jets, who share the building. The stadium is set up to seamlessly transition between the Giants blue and Jets green by an interior lighting system. The whole process of changing over the stadium, including the field decorations, takes about 18 hours.

With the division-rival Eagles coming to town this late in the season, the NFC East title is essentially on the line, adding importance to an already heated rivalry. Make sure you bundle up; three hours or more in the mid-December chill of New Jersey is no joke. Especially since you can always count on a bit of a wait to actually make your way home, even if you decide to take the train, which is situated right outside of the stadium.

As your weekend in New York winds down, you will realize that even though you crammed an incredible amount of sports, food, and sightseeing into your weekend, you barely scratched the surface of “The City That Never Sleeps.” So hop over to the Sports Power Weekends tab, check out the next weekend that works for you, and contact us to make it happen!