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Meet Two-Time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013


New York Giants star and two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning will be meeting and taking photos with a small group of fans on Monday, April 15, and you can be one of them! Manning will meet with fans during this two hour exclusive event — featuring food and an open bar — at the Steiner Sports Corporate Office (145 Huguenot St, New Rochelle, New York) starting at 7:00 PM.

To reserve your spot while they still remain, click on the Buy Now button below!

Option 1

  • Two (2) tickets to VIP meet and greet with Eli Manning
  • Photo op with Eli Manning
  • One (1) Eli Manning signed 16×20 photo (limited edition of 50)
  • One (1) Eli Manning signed Super Bowl XLII/XLVI dual logo football
  • Question and answer session
  • Open bar & stationary hors d’oeuvres

Cost: $900

 

Option 2

  • Two (2) tickets to VIP meet and greet with Eli Manning
  • Photo op with Eli Manning
  • One (1) Eli Manning signed NY Giants mini helmet
  • One (1) Eli Manning signed Super Bowl XLII 16×20 photo
  • Question and answer session
  • Open bar & stationary hors d’oeuvres

Cost: $600

 

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For more information, please 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 Super Bowl Champion Ray Rice

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013



Baltimore Ravens star and recent Super Bowl champ Ray Rice will be meeting and taking photos with a small group of fans on Wednesday, February 27, and you can be one of them! Rice, a three-time All-Star, will meet with fans during this two hour exclusive event — featuring food and an open bar — at the  Steiner Sports Corporate Office (145 Huguenot St, New Rochelle, New York) starting at 7:00 PM.

To reserve your spot while they still remain, click on the Buy Now button below!

Experience includes

  • Two (2) tickets to VIP meet and greet with Ray Rice
  • One (1) Ray Rice signed 8×10 Photo
  • One (1) Ray Rice signed mini helmet
  • Photo op with Ray Rice
  • Question and answer session
  • Open bar & stationary hors d’oeuvres

Cost: $400

 

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For more information, please 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.

Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans — Rooms Available

Friday, September 28th, 2012



Whether you plan to actually go to the game, or just go down to New Orleans for a great time, Super Bowl XLVII weekend (January 31 – February 4, 2013) promises to be an overall incredible experience. With the explosion of the secondary ticket market, you can make your way into the stadium for the right price; the really difficult aspect of the weekend to lock down is quality hotel rooms in a convenient downtown location.

Luckily for you, Sports Power Weekends has that aspect of the planning covered!

Below are several options for lodging in New Orleans, with a varying number of rooms available and nights required. Rooms are listed in prices low to high (see map of hotel rooms here):

Two rooms are available at this property and require a two-night reservation (Sunday night and Monday night). The Audobon Room (king bed with twin size fold out) and Orleans Street (queen bed with day bed) are available, and can be reserved at $400/night.

A one-bedroom second floor apartment with a queen bed, small bathroom,  kitchen, and a living room with two single beds is available for $400/night (four night minimum).

All three rooms at this property are available and require a four-night minimum. The Grand Suite consists of a queen bed, sitting area with couches and chairs, and a large bathroom. The Loft Suite is an upstairs space that both a queen and twin bed, a bathroom, and access directly to the deck. The final room consists of a queen bed and bathroom. The property includes a garden area and a pool, as well as a kitchen area and dining room in a shared space.

The three rooms are $400/night each, and must be rented out together.

This room (the Esplanade room) is great for a couple, and consists of a queen-sized bed with matching daybed on the second floor of the property. There is a small dressing area just off of the bathroom. The property is located in the Garden District, on a tree-lined street in a peaceful neighborhood about three miles from the French Quarter. The room is $450/night, and requires a three-night stay (Friday-Monday).

The property is located on Royal Street just east of the French Quarter in the Marigny district. The second floor suite has a full bed and a separate living room with a full-size pull-out futon and bathroom. This would be a good room for a couple, and requires a four-night stay at $500/night.

We have 10 total rooms at this property (two 2-bedroom suites; eight 1-bedroom suites) — which is a few blocks east of Jackson Square — that all require a three-night stay. The 2-bedroom suites consist of one bathroom, a separate kitchen, and a living room with a full size fold out for $600/night, whereas the 1-bedroom suites are $500/night.

This European style B&B is about 15 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the French Quarter. Of the nine total rooms, four have one bed plus a sleeper couch and the remaining five have one bed only. The property has a lakefront location, and requires a three-night stay at $450/night.

Eleven rooms of this property are available and consist of one bed. The front patio is a great area for gathering as a group. The property is three blocks from Pat O’s and the famous Cat’s Meow, right in the heart of the French Quarter. It is a two-night rental (Saturday and Sunday nights) at the cost of $1,000/night.


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To purchase your room, please 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…)

NFL Super Bowl XLVI Packages

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011



Sports Power Weekends is proud to offer Super Bowl XLVI (February 2-5, 2012; Lucas Oil Field, Indianapolis, Indiana) packages from NFL On Location. Amenities such as postgame field access, premium hospitality and express entrance into the stadium are within reach!

We will bring you the exact Super Bowl Program Package that suits your specific needs. Our packages come with exclusive Insider Extras and your choice of either Gameday only or multi-day options featuring the very finest accommodations available in the Indianapolis area.

NFL Super Bowl Packages (click here for PDF with detailed offerings)

  • Exclusive Field Level Suite Package

  • Red Package A

    - Pricing starts at $6,899

  • Red Package B

    - Pricing starts at $6,699

  • City View Package

    - Pricing starts at $5,999

  • Red Package C

    - Pricing starts at $5,699

  • Red Package D

    - Pricing starts at $5,499

  • Red Package E

    - Pricing starts at $4,799

  • White Package F

    - Pricing starts at $3,599

  • White Package G

    - Pricing starts at $3,399

  • White Package H

    - Pricing starts at $3,299

  • Purple Package I

    - Pricing starts at $3,299

  • Purple Package J

    - Pricing starts at $3,099

  • Purple Package K

    - Pricing starts at $2,899

  • Purple Package L

    - Pricing starts at $2,799

Official Super Bowl XLVI Package Inclusions:

  • Super Bowl Tickets
    in sections throughout Lucas Oil Stadium
  • Access to Premium VIP Hospitality Venue
    featuring full premium menu, top shelf open bar, NFL player appearances, interactive activities and more!
  • Postgame On-Field Experience
    experience the Super Bowl the way the players do; from the field
  • The NFL Experience
  • Access to the NFL’s Pro Football Theme Park located in the Indianapolis Convention Center featuring interactive games and attractions for fans of all ages
  • Exclusive Extras:
    may include Official Super Bowl XLVI Gift Bag or In-Stadium Merchandise Coupon
  • Official Stadium Collection Game Program
  • Super Bowl XLVI Lanyard with Ticket Sleeve
  • Express Security Entrances to the Stadium
  • Accommodation Flexibility and more!

Contact Sports Power Weekends by calling Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or via email at Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com.

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.

Interview with Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett

Friday, November 26th, 2010

(Interview conducted on November 17, 2010)

SportsPowerWeekends.com founder/editor Jared Cooper caught up with former Vanderbilt standout and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett to discuss his experiences in the NFL as well as at Vanderbilt. Bennett was a three-time All-SEC performer (two first-team selections and one second-team selection) at Vanderbilt, and is the SEC career leader in receptions with 236.

Photo courtesy of AP Images

Bennett: There are a lot of memories. My first touchdown was at South Carolina, but if I had to choose a moment at Vanderbilt Stadium it would probably be – it is hard for me to pick one game – but maybe Ole Miss my freshman year. That was a great game. Also the time that I set the school record for most receiving yard in a game (223 yards) against Richmond my junior year. Those really stick out to me.

Cooper: What was the most hostile road SEC game that you played in?

Bennett: Hands down, Florida.

Cooper: Was it the fans, or walking into the Swamp in particular that made it so hostile?

Bennett: I would say both. Walking into the stadium is intimidating and of course the fans are rowdy. They are loud from the time the game starts until the end.

Cooper: Switching gears a bit, what was your favorite restaurant on campus or in Nashville?

Bennett: I love the Pancake Pantry. I probably used to eat there two or three times a week.

Cooper: What were some of your favorite things to do in Nashville when you weren’t in class or playing football?

Bennett: I really love the park. Centennial Park. That place is nice. I used to go out there when I had family in town or when my wife would come to town we would go there and hang out.

Cooper: There is a pretty impressive collection of Vanderbilt players on the Chicago Bears, including you, Jay Cutler, Chris Williams, D.J. Moore and Hunter Hillenmeyer. Do you ever watch Vanderbilt games on Saturdays or discuss going back for games together?

Bennett: We have been back for a couple of games together: me, Jay and Chris. We were at homecoming last year. We just try to get down there as much as possible.

Cooper: After you play Thursday in Miami against the Dolphins, would you consider going to Nashville on Saturday for the Vanderbilt-Tennessee game?

Bennett: I may actually go down there. I am going to be in Birmingham with my wife; we are expecting our first child so we are having a baby shower down there. We may drive down to Nashville to check out the game.

Cooper: Congratulations. It sounds like a big week for you.

Bennett: (Laughter) Yes. Thank you.

Cooper: Aside from some of your big SEC road games, you also played a game at Michigan as a sophomore. What was your experience in the Big House and how did that compare to an SEC game?

Bennett: Oh man. It was right up there. Just the tradition of the stadium and being able to play there; it was crazy to see the guys run out on the field and jump and hit the banner. All of the traditional things there were doing there; and the stadium is nice. Of course the fans there are rowdy too.

Cooper: You hold a number of SEC receiving records including most receptions in a career with 236. What does it mean to you to be ahead of so many great receivers in the history of the SEC in a number of categories in the record books?

Bennett: It means a lot for me, but most importantly for the organization. For Vanderbilt University. I am blessed to be able to attend a University with such great character. Just to say that a wide receiver at Vanderbilt has the record, that means a lot.

Cooper: Being in Chicago for three years now, what are some of your favorite things about the city?

Bennett: First and foremost, I love the city as a whole. The Bears are great. The city is awesome. My first time flying in was at night and you see whole city and the skyline was beautiful. I like to go to certain restaurants like Joe’s and Ditka’s and eat there.

Cooper: What do the fans and playing at Soldier Field mean to you?

Bennett: They mean a lot. You’re talking about people who show support and are there every game. The fans here are by far the best in the NFL.

Cooper: You have played some big road games in Green Bay, New York, Seattle and Dallas, for instance. Were there any away stadiums that really stood out to you or cities you really liked going to?

Bennett: Seattle, hands down. That place is loud. It was probably the loudest stadium I have ever played in.

Cooper: That is high praise considering some of the stadiums you have played in.

Bennett: Trust me. That place is loud.

Cooper: What was the Toronto experience like; going out of the country to a city and stadium you have never played in before?

Bennett: It was a lot of fun to play internationally and just see how many fans we have internationally. I was surprised that so many people showed up to support us. Hopefully we can play another international game.

Cooper: Looking ahead a bit, and I know you don’t like to do this, but there is potential for a Week 17 matchup in Green Bay that could potentially decide the NFC North. What do you expect the atmosphere to be like at Lambeau Field for that game?

Bennett: It is going to be crazy. I think this game is definitely going to mean a lot, because it is a division game and it is our rivalry game. I know they are going to be pumped up and we’ll be pumped up. We just need to go out there and play to win, most importantly, and get ready for the playoffs.