Posts Tagged ‘NCAA’

The Game: Michigan vs. Ohio State in Ann Arbor

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013


Michigan will host Ohio State on November 30, 2013 in the biggest rivalry in sports. Join Michigan fans heading back to Ann Arbor for this pivotal game!

Instead of scouring for marked up tickets on StubHub, apart from all of your friends, let SPW take care of all of the details for you!

Details

The experience includes:

  • Game ticket for Michigan vs. Ohio State on November 30, 2013
  • Two-night hotel stay at the Fairfield Inn Ann Arbor, November 29-December 1, 2013
    • Free breakfast and WiFi
  • Roundtrip “The Ride” transportation to Michigan Stadium
  • Limited edition SPW t-shirt made specifically for this weekend
  • Discount code for 20% off purchases at the MGoBlog Store
  • All taxes and fees

To reserve for as low as $450, click “Buy Now” below:

Single ($880) Double ($585 per person) Triple ($495 per person) Quad ($450 per person)

 

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.

Bus from NYC for Michigan at UConn

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013


Buses available for Michigan fans to cheer on the Wolverines at UConn

Sports Power Weekends, Inc. is offering Michigan fans in New York City an opportunity to support the squad on the road against UConn.

Coach buses will be running on Saturday, September 21, arriving at Rentschler Field three hours prior to kickoff. The buses will return to New York shortly after the conclusion of the game.


The Details

What: Roundtrip coach buses to Rentschler Field and BYO tailgate opportunity for Michigan fans in New York City to support the team against UConn.

When: Buses will be departing five hours before kickoff, allowing for three hours of tailgating. Kickoff time and exact departure time are TBD.

Where: Exact departure location in NYC will be available shortly.

How: You can reserve your spot by clicking on the “Buy Now” button above, or by contacting Jared Cooper at: Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com or (646) 397-5350.

How much: Bus spots can be reserved for $60. This includes your roundtrip bus spot, snacks on the bus, and a spot to tailgate with Michigan fans prior to kickoff. Fans will be able to bring beverages on the bus (must be over 21 to drink alcoholic beverages).

Game Tickets

Coach bus options that include game tickets can also be purchased for $185 each. Groups of four will be seated together, and our best efforts will be made to seat groups larger than four next to one another.

SOLD OUT!  PLEASE CONTACT US TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST AS WE WORK TO SECURE ADDITIONAL GAME TICKETS.


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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.

Final Four in Atlanta

Sunday, March 31st, 2013


NCAA Men's Final Four TicketsFollow your team on the road to Atlanta for the 2013 Final Four with game tickets, three-night hotel stay in downtown Atlanta (Atlanta Marriott Marquis or Hyatt Regency Atlanta) and options for a pregame hospitality event.

Both hotels are within walking distance from the Georgia Dome, so no gameday transfers are needed (see map below).

Details

The experience includes:

  • Full session ticket in 300-level for Saturday night (April 6) and Monday night (April 8) games
  • Three-night hotel stay at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis or Hyatt Regency Atlanta, April 6-9, 2013
  • Optional three-hour ELITE hospitality event on Saturday (hosted by John Salley) and Monday nights (hosted by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) for added cost
    • Culinary stations
    • Premium hosted bar
    • Live music
    • College coaches and former players
  • Discount code for 20% off of purchases at the MGoBlog Store
  • All taxes and fees

Packages can be customized with ticket upgrades and two- or three-night hotel stays. Hospitality can purchased for additional $500 per person, or $250 each for Saturday and Monday nights.

To reserve, click “Buy Now” below:

Single ($2,500) Double ($1,325 per person) Triple ($960 per person) Quad ($825 per person)

 


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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.

Michigan vs. Notre Dame Weekend Experiences

Thursday, March 28th, 2013


Michigan will host Notre Dame on September 7, 2013 for the second ever night game at Michigan Stadium and the final home game against the Fighting Irish in the foreseeable future. There are no games scheduled between Michigan and Notre Dame after 2014, so this will be their final meeting in Ann Arbor for quite some time.

Don’t overpay for tickets on StubHub, struggle find seats with your friends, or cram into a one-bed hotel room! Sports Power Weekends will take care of everything for you.

Option 1

This experience includes:

  • Game ticket for Michigan vs. Notre Dame on September 7, 2013
  • Two-night hotel stay at the Fairfield Inn Marriott Ann Arbor, September 6-8, 2013 (two beds)
  • Exclusive event at Michigan Stadium on Friday, September 6*
  • Roundtrip “The Ride” transportation to Michigan Stadium
  • Sports Power Weekends and Michigan football gear
    • Limited edition SPW t-shirt made specially for this game
    • $10 MDen gift card
  • All taxes and fees

* Tentative plans for a behind-the-scenes tour of Michigan Stadium are in place for Friday night, September 6. Spots on this tour of the club areas, suites and field are very limited and available only to Michigan fans and prospective Michigan athletics donors. Plans for this tour will be made official this summer. Should this event be cancelled, alternate plans will be made and communicated to the group.

To reserve this experience for as low as $565, click “Buy Now” below:

Single ($950) Double ($700 per person) Triple ($610 per person) Quad ($565 per person)

 

Option 2

This experience includes:

  • Game ticket for Michigan vs. Notre Dame on September 7, 2013
  • Two-night hotel stay at the Fairfield Inn Marriott Ann Arbor, September 6-8, 2013 (two beds)
  • Roundtrip “The Ride” transportation to Michigan Stadium
  • Autographed 8×10 photo of Michigan great Denard Robinson, with certificate of authenticity
  • Sports Power Weekends and Michigan football gear
    • Limited edition SPW t-shirt made specially for this game
    • $10 MDen gift card
    • Discount code for 20% off MGoBlog Store
    • NFL-branded 4 GB USB drive pre-loaded with Michigan football media guide
  • All taxes and fees

To reserve this experience for as low as $510, click “Buy Now” below:

Single ($895) Double ($645 per person) Triple ($555 per person) Quad ($510 per person)

 

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.

Michigan at Iowa Weekend Trip

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013


Join Michigan fans on an unforgettable away game trip to Iowa City, as the Wolverines take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 23, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium. You can sit with a group of Michigan fans, have your pregame transportation and tailgate plans set, and stay in a reputable hotel in a great location!

Details

The experience includes:

  • Game ticket for Michigan vs. Iowa on November 23, 2013
  • Three-hour all-you-can-eat tailgate
    • Food consists of pulled pork, chicken, sausage, potato chips, cookies, brownies
    • Beer and wine available for purchase
  • Two-night hotel stay at the Residence Inn Coralville, November 22-24, 2013
  • Hawkeye Express transportation to Kinnick Stadium
    • Departs to Kinnick Stadium one block from Residence Inn Coralville
  • Limited edition SPW t-shirt made specially for this weekend
  • Discount code for 20% off purchases at the MGoBlog Store
  • All taxes and fees

To reserve for as low as $380, click “Buy Now” below:

Single ($800) Double ($505 per person) Triple ($410 per person) Quad ($380 per person)

 

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.

Michigan at Northwestern Weekend in Chicago

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013


Join Michigan fans for what promises to be an incredible weekend in Chicago, as the Wolverines take on the Northwestern Wildcats on November 16, 2013 at Ryan Field.

Surround yourself with Michigan fans, stay in a nice hotel in a great part of the city, and be all set with pregame transportation and tailgate! SPW will handle all of the planning and details for you.

Details

The experience includes:

  • Game ticket for Michigan vs. Northwestern on November 16, 2013 in endzone section
  • Michigan fan pregame tailgate (details forthcoming)
  • Two-night hotel stay at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown, November 15-17, 2013 (two beds)
  • Friday night welcome cocktails at Bar Novo at Renaissance Chicago Downtown
  • $10 CTA card for transportation to Ryan Field
  • Limited edition SPW t-shirt made specially for this weekend
  • Discount code for 20% off purchases at the MGoBlog Store
  • All taxes and fees

To reserve for as low as $330, click “Buy Now” below:

Single ($800) Double ($485 per person) Triple ($380 per person) Quad ($330 per person)

 

An optional add-on for Sunday’s Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field (November 17 at 12 PM CT) with game tickets and tailgate will be available as well. Please contact us if you are interested.

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.

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…)

Sports Power Weekends Destination: Indianapolis

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011


February 25-27 Friday
  • Jazz at Pacers
  • NFL Scouting Combine
Saturday
  • NFL Scouting Combine
Sunday
  • Suns at Pacers
  • NFL Scouting Combine


NFL Scouting Combine makes Indianapolis a classy town

Photo courtesy of White River State Park

When I worked for the NFL, one offseason event I always looked forward to was the NFL Scouting Combine. To the casual observer, going to Indianapolis at the end of February sounds more like a punishment than a reward, but I always looked at it in reverse. Indianapolis is a town that deserves much more praise than it receives; coming off of an ice storm in Dallas for Super Bowl XLV, I think most NFL fans and writers are expecting another Super Bowl marred by bad weather and inability to get around when the Big Game comes to town for Super Bowl XLVI, but the public is underestimating the Circle City.

Downtown Indianapolis features a number of nice restaurants and hotels, including the recently opened JW Marriott, and most importantly, indoor walkways connect these hotels to each other, the Circle Centre Mall, the convention center, and Lucas Oil Stadium. I don’t have delusions of Indianapolis’ grandeur, it is a somewhat sleepy Midwestern city, but fans who do come here will be pleasantly surprised, and fans who opt not to will be missing out.

Super Bowl XLVI is a story for another day, however. This weekend the annual NFL Scouting Combine rolls into town, bringing with it virtually every NFL coach, GM, and scouting department, as well as more than 350 of the top college players in the country, and a horde of NFL agents, media and other power brokers. While the casual fan can’t get into the stadium to watch workouts, the NFL is in the air. After a Super Bowl hangover, the smell is so sweet.

Friday

  • Conseco Fieldhouse
  • Howl at the Moon

The airport in Indianapolis is a short 20-minute drive to downtown, usually with minimal traffic, making your entrance into the city pretty seamless. Downtown Indy is compact and easy to navigate, particularly with the aforementioned indoor walkways that allow you to travel city blocks of distance without having to brave the cold. Conseco Fieldhouse, home to the Indiana Pacers since the 1999-2000 season, is just out of the reach of those walkways, but going there is worth the couple of minutes you may be outside. The 18,165 seat arena was modeled after Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler University, giving it the intimate feel of the high school gyms that dot the state of Indiana, but with the modern touches that made it the top-ranked venue in the NBA by the Sports Business Journal from 2005-07. The Fieldhouse hosts Pacers and WNBA Indiana Fever games, as well as the Big Ten Tournament and other high profile high school and college games.

While in previous years going to Pacers games was primarily a way to see other teams’ talented players, this year’s squad has been red-hot since late January and is fighting for a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Led by Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough, the Pacers face off against the Utah Jazz at 7 PM ET. Don’t be surprised to see some NFL coaches or ESPN analysts in the house; games like this provide a nice break from the grind while in town.

After the game head out on Georgia Street to Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar and live music joint that always provides a good time. If you have had enough of seeing the performers tickle the ivories, there are some other good brewery-type options on Illinois Street across from the Circle Centre Mall.

Saturday

  • Café Patachou
  • White River State Park
  • NCAA Hall of Champions
  • Circle Centre Mall
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum
  • Dinner

Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The best way to start your day in Indianapolis is with a nice breakfast at Café Patachou, located just south of the Indiana State Capitol at Capitol and Washington Streets. This spot has been receiving accolades from Indianapolis publications for more than a decade, and if the locals like it so should you. After filling up head a few blocks west to White River State Park. The park not only offers the trees, trails and waterways that you would expect from any state park, but also attractions such as the Indianapolis Zoo and the Indiana State Museum, as well as Victory Field, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA affiliate Indianapolis Indians, and the NCAA Hall of Champions.

The Indians were the first professional sports team in Indianapolis, calling the city home since 1887. Twelve Baseball Hall of Famers, including Harmon Killebrew and Grover Cleveland Alexander played on the Indians, as did future Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson. Victory Field, a 14,500-seat ballpark that opened in 1996, has received numerous national accolades including being named “Best Minor League Ballpark in America” by Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. The NCAA Hall of Champions is currently featuring a Big Ten exhibit that will be worth a look. It is expected to garner some traffic during the Big Ten Tournament in mid-March at Conseco Fieldhouse and during the Women’s Final Four on the first weekend in April.

From the park you can head back to the center of the city and stroll around the sprawling Circle Centre Mall. While you may not have any shopping to do, there is a Colts team store as well as some memorabilia stores that sports fans might want to take a look at. Plus, there is a Chick-fil-A in the food court, which is a very welcomed sight for someone not from the south.

Photo courtesy of AP Images

While you may not be able to enter Lucas Oil Stadium to see the future NFL stars at the Scouting Combine, there is nothing stopping you from checking out articats and trophies from some of the former legends of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Hall of Fame Museum is located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a National Historic Landmark, about five miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis. There are more than 75 vehicles on display at any given time, including more than 30 Indianapolis 500-winning cars. The museum was established in 1956, 45 years after the first Indy 500, which celebrates its 100th Anniversary with this year’s race on May 29.

As the night approaches you have a number of dinner options, ranging from nice steak houses or seafood restaurants, to more inexpensive options. For the high-end visitors, a visit to St. Elmo’s Steakhouse is a must. This restaurant has been an Indianapolis institution since 1902 and features a cocktail sauce on their shrimp cocktail that will knock your socks off. Biter beware. In addition to some great food, it is pretty much guaranteed that you will see an NFL owner, coach, GM, college football player, or NFL analyst at one table or another. Another good fancy option is The Oceanaire Seafood Room, a seafood place located at Monument Circle, a nice downtown area east of the Capitol Building. Other options include the nearby restaurant and breweries such as Ram or Scotty’s, the Midwest fave Steak ‘n Shake, or even Buffalo Wild Wings if there is a game you want to catch during dinner.

A good post-dinner sports bar is Champions in the Marriott. I am especially fond of this place because of my shortly-held all-time high score at the Pop A Shot during the 2008 NFL Combine. My record has sadly since been broken.

Sunday

  • Paradise Bakery
  • Conseco Fieldhouse

With a rare noon Sunday start for the Pacers game against the Phoenix Suns, get an early breakfast at Paradise Bakery at Monument Circle before heading to Conseco Fieldhouse. Check out Steve Nash and the still high-flying Suns as they face the Pacers, who will try to keep their hot streak alive.

By the time you leave Indianapolis you will realize that this city is one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets. Let all of the other people stay in the dark about what Indy has to offer; it’ll just mean a better chance of a hotel room and ticket to Super Bowl XLVI.