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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 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 10-12

Monday, June 6th, 2011



On top of the nearing conclusion of the NBA and NHL Finals, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial regional championship for national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean, continues with group matches in Miami, Tampa Bay and Chicago this weekend. Miami will see Game 6 between the Heat and the Mavericks as well as two Gold Cup matches this weekend, giving the city the top spot on this week’s list.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of June 10-12. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Miami

Friday
  • Jamaica vs. Guatemala (Gold Cup at FIU)
  • Grenada vs. Honduras (Gold Cup at FIU)
  • Diamondbacks at Marlins
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Marlins
Sunday
  • Mavericks at Heat (Game 6)
  • Diamondbacks at Marlins

The two Gold Cup matches at Florida International University kick off the weekend, which features an NBA Finals elimination game and a Florida Marlins series at Sun Life Stadium. Jamaica, Guatemala, Grenada and Honduras will all expect tremendous representation at their games in southern Florida.

2. New York

Friday
  • Indians at Yankees
  • Revolution at Red Bulls
Saturday
  • Belmont Stakes
  • Indians at Yankees
Sunday
  • Indians at Yankees

The third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, runs in Elmont, NY on Saturday to highlight a weekend that also features two of the American League’s best teams. The Indians and Yankees ready for a three game set at Yankee Stadium, in a potential playoff preview.

Also see: New York City Guide

3. Vancouver

Friday
  • Bruins at Canucks (Game 5)
Saturday
Sunday

Vancouver held serve with two thrilling home wins in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cups Finals at Rogers Arena. Game 5 is always a pivotal game in any series, and this Game 5 promises to be no different. Canucks fans will be in full force hoping to bring the Stanley Cup to Stanley Park.

4. Tampa Bay

Friday
Saturday
  • Canada vs. Guadeloupe (Gold Cup at Raymond James Stadium)
  • USA vs. Panama (Gold Cup at Raymond James Stadium)
Sunday

The US Men’s National Team and our neighbors to the north will both take part in Gold Cup matches at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers’ home will host Canada-Guadeloupe as well as the United States-Panama match. Uncle Sam’s Army will be out in full force.

5. Chicago

Friday
  • A’s at White Sox
Saturday
  • A’s at White Sox
Sunday
  • El Salvador vs. Cuba (Gold Cup at Soldier Field)
  • Mexico vs. Costa Rica (Gold Cup at Soldier Field)
  • A’s at White Sox

The White Sox host a three game set with the Oakland A’s at The Cell, while nearby at Soldier Field pivotal Gold Cup matches will get underway on Sunday. El Salvador faces Cuba and Mexico clashes with Costa Rica. These games won’t have the same intensity as a December Bears-Packers clash at Soldier Field, but try telling that to these fans.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

6. Los Angeles-San Diego

Friday
  • Royals at Angels
  • Nationals at Padres
Saturday
  • Royals at Angels
  • Nationals at Padres
  • Toronto FC at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Royals at Angels
  • Nationals at Padres

This is another southern California weekend that offers the possibility of games at both Angels Stadium in Anaheim and Petco Park in San Diego. Throw in a Galaxy match in the Home Depot Center and you’ve got yourself a well-rounded summer SPW in LA and San Diego.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

7. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Cubs at Phillies
Saturday
  • Cubs at Phillies
  • Real Salt Lake at Union
Sunday
  • Cubs at Phillies

The MLB-MLS combo is essential Sports Power Weekend of the summer as all of the other major sports leagues are in their offseasons. Philadelphia boasts a good one this weekend as the Cubs travel to Citizens Bank Park to take on the NL East leading Phillies, and the Union host Real Salt Lake at PPL Park in nearby Chester, PA.

8. Baltimore

Friday
  • Rays at Orioles
Saturday
  • Rays at Orioles
  • Earthquakes at DC United
Sunday
  • Rays at Orioles

Camden Yards is one of the crown jewels of Major League Baseball, and it will be open for business this weekend as the hometown O’s face their AL East counterparts the Tampa Bay Rays. A short train ride away in D.C. at RFK Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes travel to face DC United in an MLS clash.

Also see: Baltimore City Guide

9. Houston

Friday
  • Braves at Astros
Saturday
  • Braves at Astros
  • Chivas USA at Dynamo
Sunday
  • Braves at Astros

Houston features a three game set at Minute Maid Park as the Astros host the Atlanta Braves in the shadow of Union Station. On Saturday, the Dynamo host Chivas USA, concluding yet another MLB-MLS combo weekend.

Also see: Houston City Guide

10. Memphis

Friday
  • PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic
Saturday
  • PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic
Sunday
  • PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic

Memphis continues to deal with the aftermath of heavy flooding in the city, but the St. Jude Classic goes on at TPC Southwind. Some of the world’s best will be on hand for one of the top tournaments on the PGA Tour.

Also see: Memphis City Guide

Sports Power Weekends Options for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Friday, June 3rd, 2011


The CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial regional championship for national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean, has set its groups and matches for the 2011 tournament. The Gold Cup Final will be held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, with the winner advancing to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

A number of the cities hosting Gold Cup matches also have Major League Baseball games taking place over the same weekend, opening up the possibility of some strong Sports Power Weekends. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

  • June 17-19

Quarterfinals at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Group A runner-up vs. Group B runner-up
Group A winner vs. Group B/C third-place

New York Friday
  • Los Angeles Angels at New York Mets
Saturday
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Los Angeles Angels at New York Mets
Sunday
  • Los Angeles Angels at New York Mets

The first two games of the Gold Cup quarterfinals take place on Saturday at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Bracketing that soccer doubleheader is some interleague action at Citi Field as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim cross the country to pay a visit to the New York Mets.

Also see: New York City Guide

Quarterfinals at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Group B winner vs. Group C runner-up
Group C winner vs. Group A/B third place

Washington, D.C. Friday
  • Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals
Saturday
  • Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals
Sunday
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals

This interleague battle will hit close to home as the Baltimore Orioles take on the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. On Sunday at RFK Stadium, the finals two legs of the Gold Cup quarterfinals will be played, leading into Wednesday’s semifinal at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

  • June 24-26

Final at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Semifinal winners, 9 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Friday
  • Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres
Saturday
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres
Sunday
  • Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres

The site of the 1994 World Cup Final is center stage again as the Gold Cup Finals will be played with the winner clinching a spot at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. The United States will try to avenge a loss to Mexico in the finals in 2009 in East Rutherford. Also this weekend, the Dodgers will host the cross-town Angels in an interleague battle and two hours south the San Diego Padres will play three with the Atlanta Braves at PETCO Park.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: May 27-29

Thursday, May 26th, 2011



Dallas and Vancouver have already punched their ticket to the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals, respectively. They each await their opponent, and much will be decided towards that end this weekend.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of May 27-29. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Indianapolis

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Indianapolis 500

The 100th Anniversary of the first Indy 500 will run on Sunday as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing takes place at Indy Motor Speedway. Four-time winner A.J. Foyt will drive the pace car before the 12 PM ET race start. The Indy 500 promises to deliver INDYCAR excitement once again in 2011.

2. Boston

Friday
  • Lightning at Bruins (Game 7)
Saturday
  • Galaxy at Revolution
Sunday

The Tampa Bay Lightning held their home ice in Game 6, forcing a deciding Game 7 at TD Garden on Friday night in Boston. The Bruins and Lightning will play for the chance to face the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cups Finals. Saturday sees a Boston-LA matchup as the Revolution host the Galaxy in MLS action at Gillette Stadium.

Also see: Boston City Guide

3. Miami

Friday
Saturday
  • Bulls at Heat (Game 6)
Sunday

Pending the outcome of tonight’s Game 5 between the Bulls and Heat in Chicago, Saturday may feature a Game 6 in Miami with the Heat having the chance to face the Mavericks in the NBA Finals. The Heat defeated the Mavs in the 2006 Finals, but if they want another matchup they will first have to finish off the Bulls, who they now lead 3-1.

4. Chicago

Friday
  • Pirates at Cubs
Saturday
  • Pirates at Cubs
  • Earthquakes at Fire
Sunday
  • Pirates at Cubs

Most eyes in Chicago will be on the Bulls-Heat matchup previously mentioned, but that doesn’t mean Chicago isn’t providing some great home action this weekend as well. The Cubs host NL Central foe Pittsburgh for a weekend set at Wrigley Field, and the Fire host the San Jose Earthquakes at Toyota Park on Saturday.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

5. Denver

Friday
  • Cardinals at Rockies
Saturday
  • Cardinals at Rockies
  • Sporting KC at Rapids
Sunday
  • Cardinals at Rockies

The MLB-MLS weekends will soon take over as the main source of multiple-sporting-event-weekends, and that is true this weekend in Denver and Houston. In the Mile High City, the Rockies host the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field, and Sporting KC visits the Rapids as well.

6. Houston

Friday
  • Diamondbacks at Astros
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Astros
  • FC Dallas at Dynamo
Sunday
  • Diamondbacks at Astros

Minute Maid Park will host the Astros and Diamondbacks series this weekend in Houston. Meanwhile, Texas rivals FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo will face off in Houston on Saturday to bring even more action to H-Town.

Also see: Houston City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: May 20-22

Monday, May 16th, 2011



The Conference Finals in both the NBA and NHL are underway as we get closer to crowning new champions. Meanwhile, the weather is warming up and as baseball becomes the only game in town, ballparks will begin to fill up with more regularity. Interleague play begins this week and rivalries are renewed. There is no shortage of great travel options this week.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of May 20-22. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Bay Area

Friday
  • Canucks at Sharks (Game 3)
  • A’s at Giants
Saturday
  • A’s at Giants
  • Revolution at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Canucks at Sharks (Game 4)
  • A’s at Giants

It is quite a weekend in the Bay Area, as the San Jose Sharks welcome the Canucks to the Shark Tank for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Meanwhile, the Oakland A’s travel across the bay to take on their neighbors, the San Francisco Giants, at AT&T Park. Also in San Jose, the Earthquakes take on the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

2. Baltimore

Friday
  • Nationals at Orioles
Saturday
  • Preakness Stakes
  • Nationals at Orioles
Sunday
  • Nationals at Orioles

The Preakness Stakes doesn’t bring in the same rowdy crowd that it used to, but the infield is still a fun place to be on a nice Saturday afternoon. Concerts and events will be held in the infield, as the second leg of the Triple Crown is run on the track. Nearby, the Beltway Series returns as the Nationals travel from D.C. to Baltimore to take on the O’s.

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

3. Miami

Friday
  • Rays at Marlins
Saturday
  • Rays at Marlins
Sunday
  • Bulls at Heat (Game 3)
  • Rays at Marlins

Even though the Rays have rebounded from an early season stumble to take the lead in the AL East, and the Marlins have one of the best records in the NL, forgive the fans for focusing more on the Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat. Game 3 will be pivotal as the series moves from Chicago to South Beach, as the Heat try to defend their home court.

4. Boston

Friday
  • Cubs at Red Sox
Saturday
  • Cubs at Red Sox
Sunday
  • Cubs at Red Sox

With the Bruins on the road and the Celtics eliminated from the playoffs, the Red Sox have Boston all to themselves for the first time in a long time. It just so happens that they welcome the Chicago Cubs to Fenway Park for the first time since the 1918 World Series, in one of the most anticipated series in MLB this year. The Sox are fresh off a sweep of the Yankees, and hope to continue their great play following their lousy season start.

Also see: Boston City Guide

5. Oklahoma City

Friday
Saturday
  • Mavericks at Thunder (Game 3)
Sunday

The Thunder defended their home court in Game 7 against the Memphis Grizzlies, and will return home for their first-ever Western Conference Finals home game as they welcome the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 on Saturday. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were spectacular in Game 7, but Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs present a whole new set of problems.

6. Tampa Bay

Friday
    Saturday
    • Bruins at Lightning (Game 4)
    Sunday

      The Lightning took Game 1 in Boston and hope to protect their home ice back in Tampa Bay. They host the Bruins on Saturday in Game 4, a pivotal showdown in each team’s quest for a Stanley Cup berth.

      7. New York

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

      The Mets started the season very slow, but have picked it up as of late as they approach .500. The Yankees are on the opposite trajectory after a hot start, but you can throw the records out the window as these teams meet in their annual Subway Series clash. The first installment of 2011 takes place in the Bronx, where Yankee Stadium is a short subway ride from Manhattan.

      Also see: New York City Guide

      8. Los Angeles-San Diego

      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

      As cities across the country see cross-town teams facing off interleague play, the Dodgers and Angels will not be facing off in LA. The Angels and Padres will both be in action, hosting the Braves and Mariners, respectively. The cross-town matchup taking place actually involves two MLS teams, as the Galaxy face their neighbors, Chivas USA.

      Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

      9. Philadelphia

      Friday
      • Rangers at Phillies
      Saturday
      • Rangers at Phillies
      • Fire at Union
      Sunday
      • Rangers at Phillies

      The defending AL champion Rangers were led by Cliff Lee on their way to the World Series last year. Lee now plays for the Phillies, the NL favorite, who host the Rangers for a three game set at Citizens Bank Park. At PPL Park nearby, the Union host the Chicago Fire in MLS action.

      10. Chicago

      Friday
      • Dodgers at White Sox
      Saturday
      • Dodgers at White Sox
      Sunday
      • Dodgers at White Sox

      With the Bulls and Cubs on the road, the White Sox take over the Windy City, and welcome the Dodgers to The Cell. LA-Chicago matchups are always compelling, and this one figures to be no different.

      Also see: Chicago City Guide

      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 29-May 1

      Friday, April 29th, 2011



      Round 1 of the NHL playoffs is now complete and the NBA’s first round can conclude as soon as tonight. As teams advance it creates some incredible opportunities to see second-round playoffs matchups in cities across the country. And as the weather warms up in the north, baseball stadiums are becoming a great place to spend your weekend afternoon. As we move into May, great Sports Power Weekends are coming into bloom.

      I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of April 29-May 1. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

      1. New York

      Friday
      • NFL Draft (Day 2)
      • Blue Jays at Yankees
      Saturday
      • NFL Draft (Day 3)
      • Blue Jays at Yankees
      • Sporting KC at Red Bulls
      Sunday
      • Blue Jays at Yankees

      The Yankees welcome the Blue Jays to the Bronx, but the real story is the NFL Draft. This is the first taste of pro football that we have had since the Super Bowl in early February. Friday night will be Rounds 2-3 at Radio City Music Hall and Rounds 4-7 take place on Saturday afternoon.

      Also see: New York City Guide

      2. Philadelphia

      Friday
      • Mets at Phillies
      Saturday
      • Bruins at Flyers (Game 1)
      • Mets at Phillies
      • Earthquakes at Union
      Sunday
      • Mets at Phillies

      While the Mets-Phillies rivalry no longer resounds in the standings, there is still some palpable dislike. The Mets will travel to Philly for a three-game set, but the focus will be on this NHL second-round dream matchup between the Boston Bruins and Flyers.

      3. Bay Area

      Friday
      • Red Wings at Sharks (Game 1)
      • Rangers at Athletics
      Saturday
      • Rangers at Athletics
      Sunday
      • Red Wings at Sharks (Game 2)
      • Rangers at Athletics

      Hockey fans in the Bay Area are in for a treat this weekend as the Detroit Red Wings travel to San Jose for Games 1 and 2 in their conference semifinal matchup. The defending AL champion Rangers take on the Oakland A’s in the newly named Overstock.com Coliseum.

      4. Washington, D.C.

      Friday
      • Lightning at Capitals (Game 1)
      • Giants at Nationals
      Saturday
      • Giants at Nationals
      Sunday
      • Lightning at Capitals (Game 2)
      • Giants at Nationals

      Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Caps host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Games 1 and 2 in an Eastern Conference series with a trip to the conference finals on the line. Meanwhile the World Series champion San Francisco Giants visit Nationals Park for a series with the Nats.

      5. Memphis

      Friday
      • Spurs at Grizzlies (Game 6)
      Saturday
      Sunday

      Only one game in Memphis this weekend, but it is a big one. The top-seeded Spurs are on the ropes as the Grizzlies hold a 3-2 lead in the series heading home for Game 6. The Grizz look for their first playoff series win, and one of the few eight-seeds to ever topple a one-seed.

      6. Miami

      Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      • Celtics at Heat (Game 1)

      One of the most highly anticipated second-round series in NBA history gets underway as LeBron James looks to defeat the Celtics and exorcize his demons. The Heat’s Big Three takes on the Celtics’ Big Four in South Beach.

      Honorable Mention (Awesomeness of weekend contingent on NBA Game 7)

      7. Houston-San Antonio

      Friday
      • Brewers at Astros
      • DC United at Dynamo
      Saturday
      • Brewers at Astros
      Sunday
      • Grizzlies at Spurs (Game 7)*
      • Brewers at Astros

      The Astros face the Brewers at Minute Maid Park this weekend, and while that is compelling, just a few hours down the road is the real draw of this weekend. Well, that is assuming the Spurs can win on the road to force a Game 7 back in San Antonio on Sunday. As an added bonus, on Friday the Dynamo host DC United in some MLS action.

      * if necessary

      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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