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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…)

NFL Draft Weekend in NYC (April 26-29, 2012)

Thursday, April 12th, 2012



Two weeks from tonight, the first round of 77th annual NFL Draft will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City at 8 PM. Since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell changed the format of the Draft to a three-day primetime event, the Draft has garnered significantly more media attention and fanfare than in years past.

Tickets to the Draft are free and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, except for the allotment for sale via packages from NFL on Location (sold out for 2012). Tickets to Thursday, April 26 (Round 1, 8 PM ET) and Friday, April 27 (Rounds 2-3, 7 PM ET) will be harder to come by, as they are in primetime and demand is high, but tickets can be had by lining up at Radio City at the appropriate times (see here for last year’s info as we wait for 2012 updated info). Fans should have no problem getting walk-up tickets on Saturday at 11 AM ET for Rounds 4-7.

Concourse at Yankee Stadium

Prior to Thursday night’s draft, the invited top Draft prospects and a number of NFL stars and celebrities will walk the red carpet into Radio City, will flashbulbs popping and fans screaming. There is a palpable buzz in the air in New York City on Draft weekend, and NFL fans are filled with hope and optimism for the 2013 season.

Fans visiting NYC for the weekend have more than just the Draft to look forward to, however. The Detroit Tigers will visit Yankee Stadium for the first time in the 2012 season to face the New York Yankees, in a battle of AL powers. Friday night’s game overlaps with Rounds 2-3 of the Draft, but Saturday’s 4:05 PM start is definitely doable after spending the early part of the afternoon at Day 3 of the Draft. Sunday’s game is another opportunity to have a great day at the ballpark, as the game starts at 1:05 PM.

Make sure to check out the Yankees Museum and grab a steak sandwich from Lobel’s when you make your way up to the Bronx for the game.

Red Bull Arena for Thierry Henry's first MLS game.

Another event this weekend you can consider is the New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution game on Saturday at 3:30 at Red Bull Arena. The atmosphere in the stadium is fantastic and it is just a beautiful soccer-specific stadium, perfect for its MLS host.

Fans of several different sports can find great events in and around New York City on the weekend of April 27-29. What a perfect opportunity to have yourself a Sports Power Weekend!


For information on booking a Sports Power Weekend trip, visit www.SportsPowerWeekends.com or contact Jared Cooper at: Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com or (646) 397-5350.