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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…)

Super Bowl XLVI Weekend Travel Guide

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

I have previously extolled the virtues of Indianapolis, which you can read about here. On top of all of the great things there are to do during a normal event weekend, the Super Bowl adds another layer of intrigue and fan engagement.

The Super Bowl Village features a zip line, concert stages, warming zones and a variety of other fun and interactive events running down Capitol Avenue. It is adjacent to the NFL Experience, which is fun for the whole family.

Daily (Thursday-Sunday)

  • NFL Experience (Indianapolis Convention Center) – The NFL Experience is pro football’s interactive theme park offering participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, kids’ football clinics, free autograph sessions and the largest football memorabilia show ever. Tickets can be purchased here.

Thursday

  • Super Bowl XLVI Stadium Tours (Lucas Oil Field) – Super Bowl Fans will have access to the stadium grounds, access to walk on the field, and many other exciting opportunities at the Lucas Oil Stadium. Tickets will be available for purchase through Ticketmaster and the Lucas Oil Stadium box office.
  • NFL VH1 Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam Concert (Pepsi Coliseum, Indiana State Fairgrounds) – A concert featuring performances by Gym Class Heroes, Adam Levine, B.o.B. and the All-American Rejects will be shown live on VH1. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Mike Epps and Friends (Featuring Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) – Super Bowl XLVI local ambassador Mike Epps will put on a show with comedy and great hip hop acts at the home of the Indiana Pacers, right in downtown Indy. Tickets can be purchased here.
  • Butler vs. Wright State (Hinkle Fieldhouse) – The NCAA National runner-up in each of the past two seasons takes on Wright State at the legendary Hinkle Fieldhouse at 7 PM.

Friday

  • 30th Annual NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards (Scottish Rite Cathedral) – The greatest players in NFL history have convened for thirty years to honor current NFL stars. Join us in 2012 as the NFL Alumni continues a proud tradition where NFL Legends honor their modern day counterparts.
  • 13th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University) – Wayne Brady and CeCe Winans will host with performances by Natalie Grant, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, NFL Players, the NFL Choir, Verizons How Sweet the Sound Overall Winning Choir, Salvation and Deliverance Church, and surprise guests. Click here for more info.
  • LMFAO Concert (Verizon Stage, Super Bowl Village) – LMFAO will perform on the Verizon Stage on Welcome Super Fans Day in the Super Bowl Village at 9:30 PM. This is a free event.
  • ESPN Next Party – ESPN’s annual Super Bowl party will feature a headline performance by Drake.

Saturday

  • 6th Annual DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl (Victory Field) – A beach flag football game featuring celebrities and NFL players. A postgame concert will be headlined by The Fray.
  • NFL Honors (Murat Theatre) – The inaugural NFL Honors ceremony will be hosted by Alec Baldwin and broadcast on NBC in prime time. The show will feature a live performance from Lenny Kravitz.
  • Taste of the NFL (Gleaners Food Bank) – More than 32 restaurant stations, one from each NFL city, provide fabulous food and wine pairings for guests to sample. There is also an NFL player (either current or alumni) seated at each food station.
  • CMT Crossroads NFL Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam (Indiana State Fairgrounds) – Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler will perform. The CMT Crossroads concert also premieres live on CMT.
  • Gridiron Celebrity Hoops XIV (Hinkle Fieldhouse) – The first and only official celebrity basketball game to raise money and awareness for abused youth in foster care. Click here for more information.
  • Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) – Dwight Howard and the Magic will travel to face the Indiana Pacers on the eve of the Super Bowl.

Sunday

  • NFL Charities Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic (Woodland Bowl) – NFL Charities is pleased to host its Seventh Annual NFL Charities Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic in Indianapolis, IN. Attendees range from Pro Football Hall of Fame members to celebrities, local philanthropists and business owners.
  • Super Bowl XLVI (Lucas Oil Stadium) – New York Giants vs. New England Patriots. Need I say more?

Points of Interest in Indianapolis area:

  • NCAA Hall of Champions – The NCAA Hall of Champions boasts two-levels of all-new interactive exhibits featuring highlights, artifacts and much more.

    Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayThe 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Home of the Indiana Pacers, the Fieldhouse also hosts high-profile concerts and events.
  • Victory Field – Home of the Indianapolis Indians, the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA affiliate.

Restaurants and Nightlife:

  • Super Bowl XLVI Food Truck Event on Monument Circle – 23 Indianapolis food trucks will make history when the first Food Truck Fair to be held during a Super Bowl celebration takes place on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, Feb. 2-5, 2012, 11 AM to 10 PM each day.
  • St. Elmo’s Steakhouse – 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.
  • Oceanaire Seafood Room – A seafood place located at Monument Circle, a nice downtown area east of the Capitol Building.
  • Oakley’s Bistro – A favorite of NCAA Director of Championships and Alliances Peter R. Davis.
  • Black Diamond – A 10-minute trip to the north side of Indy, this BBQ joint is a favorite of USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny.
  • Paradise Bakery – A nice breakfast spot in Monument Circle.
  • Café Patachou – Breakfast spot 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. Order the cinnamon toast.
  • Indianapolis Colts Grille – For good food and a great sports bar.
  • Champions Sports Bar 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.
  • Howl at the Moon – A dueling piano bar and live music joint that always provides a good time.
  • 1933 Lounge – For a cool atmosphere and a great cocktail. Tucked between St. Elmo’s and Harry & Izzy’s.

For addition information please contact Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com. Enjoy!