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Michigan Football Sports Power Weekends

Thursday, April 18th, 2013


Michigan fans have plenty of options if they want to follow the team in Ann Arbor and on the road this upcoming season. Rivalry games dot the schedule from beginning (Notre Dame), to the middle (Penn State and Michigan State), to the end (Ohio State), and you can be there every step of the way!

Click on the links below to reserve your spot for these incredible Michigan football experiences!

Michigan vs. Notre Dame (September 7)

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 miss out on this incredible weekend, with options including game tickets, a two-night hotel stay, a private Friday night Big House tour, transportation, an autographed Denard Robinson photo, and much more!

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Michigan at UConn (September 21)

From New York City:  Michigan fans in the northeast have a great opportunity to see Michigan live without having to travel a great distance. We will have buses from New York City to East Hartford for this road game, arriving three hours before kickoff for tailgating purposes.

Bus spots are available for $60, and snacks will be provided. You are able to bring beverages on the bus.

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Michigan at Penn State (October 12)

Michigan will travel to Penn State on October 12, 2013 for their first visit to State College since 2010. Don’t miss out on this incredible weekend, with options including game tickets, a two-night hotel stay, transportation, and more!

From NYC and Washington, DC:  Buses from New York City and Washington, DC will be available, arriving three hours before kickoff for tailgating purposes. Spots cost $65 each and include snacks on the bus. You can bring beverages on the bus as well.

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Michigan at Michigan State (November 2)

From Ann Arbor:  Buses will run from Rackham Auditorium to Spartan Stadium, departing four hours before kickoff for the one-hour ride to East Lansing.

Bus spots cost $45 and include snacks on the bus. Bus riders over the age of 21 are permitted to bring beverages on the bus.

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Michigan vs. Nebraska (November 9)

Michigan will host Nebraska in a game that will go a long way towards deciding who will represent the Legends Division in the Big Ten Championship Game.

The trip includes game tickets, a two-night hotel stay, an opportunity to meet former Michigan football greats, SPW gear and more!

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Michigan at Northwestern (November 16)

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.

Northwestern likes to think of themselves as Chicago’s Big Ten team, but with more than half the stadium draped in Maize and Blue, you can help prove that Michigan is actually Chicago’s Big Ten team!

The trip includes game tickets, a two-night hotel stay in downtown Chicago, a Michigan fan tailgate, and other great inclusions.

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Michigan at Iowa (November 23)

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.

With game tickets, an all-you-can-eat tailgate, two-night hotel stay, transportation and more, the Iowa road game has a chance to be one of the best weekend trips on the whole schedule!

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Michigan at Ohio State (November 30)

Michigan will look for its second win under Brady Hoke in the rivalry and knock Urban Meyer down a peg. The Buckeyes schedule may see them coming to Ann Arbor without a loss on the record. This game will have not only Big Ten Championship implications, but possibly BCS implications as well.

Game tickets, a two-night hotel stay, pregame transportation, and more great Michigan football experiences are now available.

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Big Ten Championship Game (December 7)

Michigan fans can reserve their spot for the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis for as low as $35. The Sports Power Weekends trip will consists of:

  • A Big Ten Championship Game ticket
  • A two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Indianapolis
  • Admission to the Big Ten Fan Fest
  • And more!

The deposit will lock in your spot and price until the Championship Game participants are set. The deposit will be non-refundable, but gives you the opportunity and flexibility to wait until Michigan’s status is determined before paying the full amount. If Michigan does not qualify, you will have the option of still purchasing the whole package. If Michigan does qualify, your deposit will go towards the total cost of the package, which you will be required to fully purchase.

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Trips can also be customized for the other Michigan home games (Central Michigan on August 31; Akron on September 14; Minnesota on October 5; Indiana on October 19) as well.

For additional information or to reserve your spot over the phone, please contact Jared Cooper at Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com or (646) 397-5350.

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…)

Fields of Glory: College Football

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

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Top Sports Power Weekends: Chicago

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010



Below are the Sports Power Weekend options in Chicago and the surrounding area in the coming months. Please visit the Chicago City Guide page for information on activities and events in Chicago on days that do not have sporting events.

For more information on booking a travel package to Chicago, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

April 1-3 Friday
  • Pirates at Cubs
Saturday
  • Pirates at Cubs
  • Raptors at Bulls
Sunday
  • Pirates at Cubs
  • Lightning at Blackhawks
April 8-10 Friday
  • Rays at White Sox
Saturday
  • Rays at White Sox
Sunday
  • Rays at White Sox
  • Red Wings at Blackhawks
April 15-17 Friday
  • Angels at White Sox
Saturday
  • Angels at White Sox
Sunday
  • Angels at White Sox
  • Galaxy at Fire
April 22-24 Friday
  • Dodgers at Cubs
Saturday
  • Dodgers at Cubs
  • Dynamo at Fire
Sunday
  • Dodgers at Cubs
April 29-May 1 Friday
  • Orioles at White Sox
Saturday
  • Orioles at White Sox
Sunday
  • Orioles at White Sox

Sports Power Weekend Destination: Chicago

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

September 24-26

(RIVALRY WEEKEND)

Friday Cardinals at Cubs
Saturday Stanford at Notre Dame OR
Ohio State at Illinois OR
Central Michigan at Northwestern OR Cardinals at Cubs OR
Sounders at Fire
Sunday Cardinals at Cubs
Monday Packers at Bears


RIVALRY WEEKEND IN THE WINDY CITY

The Sports Gods are certainly shining down on the Chicago fans during this late September weekend. The local marquee baseball, college football and NFL teams are all home and facing rivals over the course of this pivotal weekend. With apologies to the White Sox and Northwestern the Cubbies and the Fighting Irish (only a short one hour and 45 minute ride away) are the toast of Chi-town in their respective sports. There is also, of course, no challenge to the Bears’ throne in the city’s sports landscape.

A couple of nights in Chicago is only enough to wet your beak, but in this Midwest mecca, a little bit goes a long way. You’ll have time to understand why the great Frank Gehry calls Chicago, “architecturally, the best American city traditionally and visually.” You can partake in the argument about the merits of deep dish pizza as compared to New York style, and then have a laugh at the theatre where legends like John Belushi, John Candy and Chris Farley got their start.

And oh yeah, Wrigley Field, Notre Dame Stadium and Soldier Field are pretty cool places to catch a game, too.

SATURDAY

  • Fiddler’s Hearth
  • College Football Hall of Fame
  • Golden Dome
  • Touchdown Jesus
  • Notre Dame Stadium

South Bend Airport services a select few cities – mostly in the Midwest – but can be reached via a connection, or a less than two-hour drive from Chicago. National and Budget rental cars can be picked up from the airport for the short drive to campus.

Photo courtesy of UND.com

Since the game Notre Dame game versus Stanford is at 3:30 PM ET you will have ample time to grab a bite and a pint of Guinness at Fiddler’s Hearth to get yourself feeling Irish.  Just a couple of blocks east of the restaurant is the College Football Hall of Fame (see Clausen, Jimmy, and white Hummer limo), where you can get your blood flowing before heading towards campus.

Find a place to park and walk through the heart of the campus and its beautiful foliage and historic feel. Make sure to catch a glimpse of the Golden Dome atop the school’s administration building and take a picture of Touchdown Jesus overlooking Notre Dame Stadium. The fans will be buzzing outside of the stadium as Notre Dame looks to avenge a late-game loss to Stanford and the overpowering Toby Gerhart. Even without Gerhart in 2010, the Andrew Luck-led Cardinal pose a big threat to the Irish in Brian Kelly’s first season. Take in all of the pregame pageantry and enjoy the show! Just make sure you are sitting, or else the crabby regulars will be sure to kick and scream in order to watch the game in unobstructed peace.

SATURDAY NIGHT

  • Gino’s East
  • Second City
  • Wiener Circle

After the game, hop in the car and take the 90-mile drive west to Chicago to kick the weekend into high gear. If you are able to get out of the stadium and hit the road quickly, you can make it to you hotel around 8:00 PM (you gain an hour by crossing into Central Time Zone). After checking in and getting ready for the night, make your way to Gino’s East for some legendary deep-dish pizza. Make sure you scribble your name on the wood for posterity. Just one mile up North Wells street from Gino’s East is the famous Second City theatre. In addition to the aforementioned superstar alums, current comedy giants Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert honed their craft on this famed stage. Make sure you’ve made a reservation for the 11 PM show—it is the latest one the Second City theatre cast performs on a Saturday night.

Drink a few beers nearby and make your way up Clark Street towards Wiener Circle. The raucous restaurant will serve you one of Chicago’s best hot dogs with a side of stern verbal abuse (check out the videos on the site). Try not to get too worked up though. It has been a long day and you still have much ahead of you in the next couple of days.

SUNDAY

  • Sarkis’ Café
  • Northwestern University
  • Navy Pier
  • Billy Goat Tavern
  • Wrigleyville
  • Wrigley Field
  • Gibson’s Steakhouse
  • (Sports Bar for Sunday night football Jets at Dolphins)

After a long day and night you will be in desperate need for a good breakfast. A twenty-five minute drive up the Lake Michigan coast to Evanston, home of Northwestern University and Sarkis’ Cafe, will cure what ails you. An omelet or Bacon Loretta will hit the spot. Take a walk around the Northwestern campus and catch a glimpse of one of the finest academic institutions in the country. This will provide a nice, peaceful retreat from the big city before heading back to see what the metropolis has to offer.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

See what the fuss is about at Navy Pier, the number one tourist destination in the Midwest with over eight million visitors each year. Take a ride on the 15-story Ferris Wheel or just take a stroll along the Harbor.

As the baseball game approaches, stop by at the nearby Billy Goat Tavern to immerse yourself in the history of what has become one of the longest-tenured curses in all of sports. This should get you in the mood for some of the pregame festivities, which take place in the bars in and around Wrigleyville prior to a Cubs home game.

A 3:00 PM CT start time on FOX will bring out the best in the historic rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and the hometown Cubbies. Catch reigning MVP Albert Pujols and the Red Birds mash in historic Wrigley Field, one of Major League Baseball’s most hallowed stadiums. The Cubs play their 95th season in the Friendly Confines, the second-oldest stadium in baseball (opened in 1914).

After the game ends at around 6 PM you can head back to your hotel and rest up before a nice steak dinner at Gibson’s Steakhouse. Despite the pricey menu, they serve the best steak in the city, and the atmosphere and people make you feel like you are part of the “in” crowd. Rush Street and the surrounding area will be nice to walk around on an early fall night. You can also opt to go low key and get a quick nosh while you watch the Jets at Dolphins on Sunday Night Football.

MONDAY

  • Al’s Beef
  • Millennium Park
  • Sears Tower
  • Soldier Field

There are two ways to approach this morning in Chicago. You can try to be conscious of how much you have eaten so far and want to try to do something active. In this case, running along Lake Shore Drive on Lake Michigan can be very enjoyable. On other hand, if it is possible that you still haven’t eaten enough meat yet, an Italian sandwich at Al’s Beef ought to give you your fill.

Go to the West Ontario Street location because of its proximity to Millennium Park and the Sears Tower. Make your way to Millennium Park to check out the Cloud Gate to see your reflection among the city skyline. You can also check out the Frank Gehry-designed BP Bridge. You may also want to walk down towards Grant Park if you like being surrounded by trees in this urban oasis.

Photo courtesy of AP Images

Next is on to the Skydeck of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, the highest observatory in Chicago (1,353 feet), where on a clear day you will be able to see for 40-50 miles. The Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United States. Take a look down at where you were standing in Millennium Park to get an idea of just how far you’ve come.

You can continue to walk the city or make your way back to your hotel for a short nap before heading to Soldier Field for the 7:30 PM CT start on Monday Night Football. You’ll want to check out the pregame scene with Da Bears fans grilling up brats and taking down some brews. This Week 4 matchup against the rival Green Bay Packers should prove to be meaningful and entertaining. Hard-throwing young QBs Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers could make this game a barn-burner, but in any case the disdain these two fan bases have for each other should make up for whatever the game may lack on the field. Try to behave yourself.

TUESDAY

  • Midway or O’Hare Airport

If you haven’t returned your car at one of the city drop-off locations yet, you can return it back at the airport, but make sure you have worked that out ahead of time. If you don’t have transportation, the easiest and cheapest way to get to either airport is via the El Train or Bus. The El and bus system trips can be planned at http://tripsweb.rtachicago.com.

It’ll only cost you $2 to get to the local airports using the train. To get to O’Hare International, take the El’s Blue Line, about a 40-minute ride. Heading to Midway, use the Orange Line, about a 30-minute journey.