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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…)

Top Sports Power Weekends By City: April-June

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Below are the top Sports Power Weekend options in 30+ major cities in North America. They are ordered in market size and often include cities and towns surrounding the major metropolitan area. To find a specific city, press Command+F and type in the city name.

If you are interested in discussing offerings to any of these cities for any of these weekends, please contact us at Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com or (646-397-5350) for more information.

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Top Sports Power Weekends: July 29-31

Monday, July 25th, 2011



The breaking news this morning is that NFL training camps will get underway this weekend and the free agency frenzy may start as soon as tomorrow afternoon. Because training camp dates, locations, and openness to the public hasn’t been disclosed yet, we’ll focus on what we know for this weekend’s top SPWs. Baseball, soccer and the continuing US Open Series in tennis lead the way as we close out July.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of July 29-31. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • Mets at Nationals
Saturday
  • Barcelona vs. Manchester United (FedExField)
  • Mets at Nationals
Sunday
  • Mets at Nationals

The 2011 Champions League Final was won handily by Barcelona 3-1 at the end of May, and two months later the rematch is played on American soil. FedExField will host this matchup of Goliaths as Manchester United closes out their US tour, and Barcelona begins theirs. Saturday promises to be a fun match. Also in town, the Mets take the Acela Express down to the Navy Yards to face the Nats at Nationals Park. They’ll feel right at home with Shake Shack now being served at both stadiums!

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

2. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Diamondbacks at Dodgers
  • Rockies at Padres
  • Farmers Classic (Tennis) at UCLA
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Dodgers
  • Rockies at Padres
  • Farmers Classic (Tennis) at UCLA
Sunday
  • Diamondbacks at Dodgers
  • Rockies at Padres
  • Farmers Classic (Tennis) at UCLA

Mardy Fish just successfully defended his title at the Atlanta Tennis Championships, and hopes to add another title this weekend at the Farmers Classic played on the campus of UCLA in Westwood. He’ll have stiff competition from the likes of James Blake, Tommy Haas and 2008 champ Juan Martin del Potro. Across town, the Dodgers host three against NL West foe Arizona at the still beautiful Dodger Stadium.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

3. Bay Area

Friday
  • Twins at A’s
  • Bank of the West Classic (WTA) at Stanford
Saturday
  • Twins at A’s
  • DC United at Earthquakes
  • Bank of the West Classic (WTA) at Stanford
Sunday
  • Twins at A’s
  • Bank of the West Classic (WTA) at Stanford

The Twins surged after a horrid season start and find themselves within striking distance in the AL Central. They’ll travel to Oakland to take on the A’s in an important three game set leading into August. Down in Palo Alto, the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford will feature some of the top names in the women’s tennis game, such as Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Marian Bartoli and Ana Ivanovic.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

4. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Pirates at Phillies
  • Rapids at Union
Saturday
  • Pirates at Phillies
Sunday
  • Pirates at Phillies

Baseball matters again in both Pennsylvania cities, as the Pirates and Phillies each fight for a division crown. This will be the most meaningful interstate series between these two in at least 17 years! Out in Chester on Friday, the Union will take on the Rapids in MLS action.

5. St. Louis

Friday
  • Cubs at Cardinals
Saturday
  • Cubs at Cardinals
Sunday
  • Cubs at Cardinals

While the Cubs toil nearly 20 games under .500, the Cardinals are tied for the NL Central lead in a race that figures to go all the way to the end of September. But games in July count the same in the standings as games in the season’s final month, and in this rivalry nothing is ever taken for granted. This should be a fun series at Busch Stadium.

Top Sports Power Weekends: July 15-17

Monday, July 11th, 2011



The NFL seems to be getting closer to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, but whereas training camps usually start in the next week or so, it is hard to see them starting before early August at this rate. This continues MLB and soccer’s stranglehold on all things sports in the summer months. As the second half of the MLB season is set to get underway, division races will heat up. Games become more important, and with that, memories on Sports Power Weekends become more vivid.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of July 15-17. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. New York

Friday
  • Phillies at Mets
  • Paul McCartney at Yankee Stadium
Saturday
  • Phillies at Mets
  • Paul McCartney at Yankee Stadium
Sunday
  • Phillies at Mets

The Phillies finished the first half of the season with the best record in all of baseball, while the Mets were a respectable one game over .500. These two NL East rivals kick off the season’s second half in an important series at Citi Field. Meanwhile, the Yankees are on the road leaving Yankee Stadium open for the weekend. The stadium will still be full however, as Paul McCartney takes the stage Friday and Saturday night.

Also see: New York City Guide

2. Los Angeles-San Diego

Friday
  • Giants at Padres
Saturday
  • Galaxy vs. Real Madrid (LA Coliseum)
  • Giants at Padres
  • Red Bulls at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • Giants at Padres

The Herbalife World Football Challenge some of the world’s best clubs and MLS clubs against one another throughout the country, starting on Wednesday. The first weekend games will take place in Los Angeles at San Francisco, starting with the LA Galaxy vs. Real Madrid game on Saturday at the LA Coliseum. Two hours down the road the NL West leading SF Giants face in-state rivals the San Diego Padres.

Also see: Los Angeles-San Diego City Guide

3. San Francisco-Oakland

Friday
  • Angels at A’s
Saturday
  • Angels at A’s
  • Manchester City vs. Club America (AT&T Park)
Sunday
  • Angels at A’s

San Francisco’s iteration of the World Football Challenge takes place at AT&T Park while the Giants are in San Diego. Manchester City and Club America will face off in what should be a fun match. Across the bay, the Los Angeles Angels will take on the Oakland A’s in a weekend set.

Also see: San Francisco-Oakland City Guide

4. Chicago

Friday
  • Marlins at Cubs
Saturday
  • Marlins at Cubs
  • Timbers at Fire
Sunday
  • Marlins at Cubs

After a horrid stretch, the Marlins are streaking and feeling good as they travel to Chicago to take on the Cubs at historic Wrigley Field. Saturday sees the Chicago Fire host the MLS’s newest team, the Portland Timbers at Toyota Park. The Fire will face Manchester United at Soldier Field in next week’s World Football Challenge (tickets here).

Also see: Chicago City Guide

5. Seattle

Friday
  • Rangers at Mariners
Saturday
  • Rangers at Mariners
  • Rapids at Sounders
Sunday
  • Rangers at Mariners

The hottest ticket in MLS is consistently the Seattle Sounders, who playing in an NFL stadium vastly outdraw their MLB counterparts, the Mariners. Both play at beautiful facilities and in front of passionate fans. This is what makes Seattle an ideal SPW getaway this weekend. Check out a Mariners game and  a Sounders game, and enjoy what the rest of the city has to offer.

Top Sports Power Weekends By City: July and August

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Below are the top Sports Power Weekend options in 25+ major cities in North America. They are ordered in market size and often include cities and towns surrounding the major metropolitan area. To find a specific city, press Command+F and type in the city name.

If you are interested in discussing offerings to any of these cities for any of these weekends, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com for more information.

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Top Sports Power Weekends: July 1-4

Thursday, June 30th, 2011



There are few more anticipated weekends in the summer than Independence Day Weekend, especially when July 4 falls on a Monday. This is a great weekend to grill out, spend time with friends and family, and of course, go on a Sports Power Weekend. The long weekend provides an opportunity to check out two different baseball stadiums in the same city in Los Angeles, Chicago, and in the Bay Area, giving those three the tops spots on this week’s list.

I present to you the five best Sports Power Weekends of July 1-4. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Dodgers at Angels
Saturday
  • Dodgers at Angels
  • Fire at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • Dodgers at Angels
Monday
  • Mets at Dodgers
  • Sounders at Galaxy

The Dodgers’ financial troubles are well documented, but that won’t take away from the Freeway Series between the Dodgers and Angels this weekend. The opportunity to see a Chivas USA game at Home Depot Center on Saturday, a game at Angels Stadium on Sunday, and a Fourth of July game at Dodger Stadium on Monday is what Sports Power Weekends is all about. Don’t forget to put on your sunscreen!

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

2. Chicago

Friday
  • White Sox at Cubs
Saturday
  • White Sox at Cubs
Sunday
  • White Sox at Cubs
Monday
  • Royals at White Sox

This is another cross-town rivalry on Fourth of July Weekend, this time taking place at iconic Wrigley Field between the hometown Cubs and visiting White Sox. After the three game set, the Cubs hit the road while the Sox move back to U.S. Cellular Park to host the Royals on Independence Day. Here is an opportunity to have a great weekend in a great American city.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

3. Bay Area

Friday
  • Diamondbacks at Athletics
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Athletics
  • Red Bulls at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Diamondbacks at Athletics
Monday
  • Padres at Giants

Summers in the Bay Area can be brisk, but it is still a great time of year to visit, and this weekend will be no different. You can check out the A’s at O.co Coliseum (formerly Oakland Coliseum), as well as an MLS San Jose Earthquakes game, then the World Series champion San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Monday. Another city where you can kill three birds with one stone.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

4. New York

Friday
  • Yankees at Mets
Saturday
  • Yankees at Mets
Sunday
  • Yankees at Mets

The Subway Series resumes, this time at Citi Field as the red-hot Mets meet the red-hot Yankees. No Derek Jeter for this one, but it will still have a lot of meaning between the fanbases, and these games count. The Mets are in the Wild Card hunt and the Yankees look to win the AL East, as we approach the mid point of the season.

Also see: New York City Guide

5. Washington D.C.

Friday
  • Pirates at Nationals
Saturday
  • Pirates at Nationals
  • Union at D.C. United
Sunday
  • Pirates at Nationals
Monday
  • Cubs at Nationals

You can imagine Nationals Park is a good place to be as we celebrate our nation’s Independence. Who will win the Presidents Race on July 4? Will it just end in a tie? This is a good weekend for Pirates or Cubs fans to make the trip to see their team in D.C., and while there check out an MLS game.

Also see: Washington D.C. City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: May 13-15

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011



The NHL Conference Finals will get underway this weekend as the NBA concludes its second round playoff series. The games are getting fewer and far between, but when they are played there is an intensity and excitement level that is hard to match. The opportunities for NBA-NHL-MLB weekends in certain cities are dwindling, so take advantage of these opportunities while you can.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of May 13-15. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Chicago

Friday
  • Giants at Cubs
Saturday
  • Giants at Cubs
Sunday
  • Heat at Bulls (Game 1)
  • Giants at Cubs

With the Bulls closing out the Hawks in their Eastern Conference Semifinals series, Chicago will be welcoming LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat to the United Center. The Windy City will feature the defending World Series champs facing the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and the start of the Eastern Conference Finals in this mid-May weekend.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

2. Memphis

Friday
  • Thunder at Grizzlies (Game 6)
Saturday
Sunday

With the Grizzlies trailing three games to two, this will be the most important home game in Memphis team history. Adding in the flooding in Memphis and on Beale Street, and this game will take on an added importance for the city. The game will provide a welcome distraction, and the fans will give their all for 48 minutes.

Also see: Memphis City Guide

3. New York

Friday
  • Red Sox at Yankees
Saturday
  • Red Sox at Yankees
Sunday
  • Red Sox at Yankees
  • Chivas USA at Red Bulls

The most heated and famous rivalry in baseball returns to the Bronx as the Yankees host the Boston Red Sox for a three game set at Yankee Stadium. While the teams are not currently fighting for the top of the AL East, this series always features the intensity of a playoff matchup.

Also see: New York City Guide

4. Boston

Friday
Saturday
  • Lightning at Bruins (Game 1)
  • Whitecaps at Revolution
Sunday

With the Celtics being eliminated by the Heat on Wednesday night, the Bruins are the only playoff team remaining in Boston. They host Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, the same day that the MLS Revolution host the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Also see: Boston City Guide

5. Vancouver

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Sharks at Canucks (Game 1)

The prize for the Sharks defeating the Red Wings in Game 7 is a Sunday meeting with the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Finals. The Canucks look to bring the Stanley Cup back to Stanley Park, but they’ll have to survive the Sharks to do so.

6. Dallas

Friday
  • Angels at Rangers
Saturday
  • Angels at Rangers
  • Union at FC Dallas
Sunday
  • Angels at Rangers

The defending AL champs will welcome the Angels to Arlington for three games between the top two teams in the AL West. Meanwhile in Frisco, the Philadelphia Union travel to face FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park in MLS action.

Also see: Dallas City Guide

7. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • Marlins at Nationals
Saturday
  • Marlins at Nationals
  • Rapids at DC United
Sunday
  • Marlins at Nationals

The Marlins have been one of the surprises of the early season, while the Nationals hover around .500 in mid-May. The NL East foes will face off at Nationals Park in the nation’s capital. Nearby, DC United will host the Colorado Rapids on Sunday, rounding out one of the many MLB-MLS weekends around the country.

Also see: Washington, D.C.-Baltimore City Guide

8. Bay Area

Friday
  • White Sox at A’s
Saturday
  • White Sox at A’s
Sunday
  • White Sox at A’s
  • Crew at Earthquakes

The Bay Area will be feeling downtrodden or euphoric depending on the outcome of Game 7 between the Sharks and Red Wings, but regardless of the final score there is a worthwhile weekend to be had here. In Oakland, the A’s welcome the White Sox to town, while further south in San Jose, the Quakes welcome the Crew from Columbus.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

9. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Diamondback at Dodgers
Saturday
  • Diamondback at Dodgers
  • Sporting KC at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Diamondback at Dodgers

The uncertainty surrounding the Dodgers ownership situation has distracted from the team on the field, but with Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp slugging, there is no lack of excitement at Chavez Ravine. Dodger Stadium is still one of the crown jewels of Major League Baseball, so check out a game against Arizona this weekend. The stars of the LA Galaxy will also be in town taking on Sporting KC.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

10. Oklahoma City

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Grizzlies at Thunder (Game 7)

If the Grizzlies and Thunder make it to Game 7 on Sunday, this weekend in Oklahoma City will end up ranking much higher on this list. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have given it their all and have brought out the best in Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. If it gets to Game 7, it has the potential to be a classic battle.

Top Sports Power Weekends: April 29-May 1

Friday, April 29th, 2011



Round 1 of the NHL playoffs is now complete and the NBA’s first round can conclude as soon as tonight. As teams advance it creates some incredible opportunities to see second-round playoffs matchups in cities across the country. And as the weather warms up in the north, baseball stadiums are becoming a great place to spend your weekend afternoon. As we move into May, great Sports Power Weekends are coming into bloom.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of April 29-May 1. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. New York

Friday
  • NFL Draft (Day 2)
  • Blue Jays at Yankees
Saturday
  • NFL Draft (Day 3)
  • Blue Jays at Yankees
  • Sporting KC at Red Bulls
Sunday
  • Blue Jays at Yankees

The Yankees welcome the Blue Jays to the Bronx, but the real story is the NFL Draft. This is the first taste of pro football that we have had since the Super Bowl in early February. Friday night will be Rounds 2-3 at Radio City Music Hall and Rounds 4-7 take place on Saturday afternoon.

Also see: New York City Guide

2. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Mets at Phillies
Saturday
  • Bruins at Flyers (Game 1)
  • Mets at Phillies
  • Earthquakes at Union
Sunday
  • Mets at Phillies

While the Mets-Phillies rivalry no longer resounds in the standings, there is still some palpable dislike. The Mets will travel to Philly for a three-game set, but the focus will be on this NHL second-round dream matchup between the Boston Bruins and Flyers.

3. Bay Area

Friday
  • Red Wings at Sharks (Game 1)
  • Rangers at Athletics
Saturday
  • Rangers at Athletics
Sunday
  • Red Wings at Sharks (Game 2)
  • Rangers at Athletics

Hockey fans in the Bay Area are in for a treat this weekend as the Detroit Red Wings travel to San Jose for Games 1 and 2 in their conference semifinal matchup. The defending AL champion Rangers take on the Oakland A’s in the newly named Overstock.com Coliseum.

4. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • Lightning at Capitals (Game 1)
  • Giants at Nationals
Saturday
  • Giants at Nationals
Sunday
  • Lightning at Capitals (Game 2)
  • Giants at Nationals

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Caps host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Games 1 and 2 in an Eastern Conference series with a trip to the conference finals on the line. Meanwhile the World Series champion San Francisco Giants visit Nationals Park for a series with the Nats.

5. Memphis

Friday
  • Spurs at Grizzlies (Game 6)
Saturday
Sunday

Only one game in Memphis this weekend, but it is a big one. The top-seeded Spurs are on the ropes as the Grizzlies hold a 3-2 lead in the series heading home for Game 6. The Grizz look for their first playoff series win, and one of the few eight-seeds to ever topple a one-seed.

6. Miami

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Celtics at Heat (Game 1)

One of the most highly anticipated second-round series in NBA history gets underway as LeBron James looks to defeat the Celtics and exorcize his demons. The Heat’s Big Three takes on the Celtics’ Big Four in South Beach.

Honorable Mention (Awesomeness of weekend contingent on NBA Game 7)

7. Houston-San Antonio

Friday
  • Brewers at Astros
  • DC United at Dynamo
Saturday
  • Brewers at Astros
Sunday
  • Grizzlies at Spurs (Game 7)*
  • Brewers at Astros

The Astros face the Brewers at Minute Maid Park this weekend, and while that is compelling, just a few hours down the road is the real draw of this weekend. Well, that is assuming the Spurs can win on the road to force a Game 7 back in San Antonio on Sunday. As an added bonus, on Friday the Dynamo host DC United in some MLS action.

* if necessary

Top Sports Power Weekends: April 15-17

Thursday, April 14th, 2011



Now this is what I’m talking about! The NBA and NHL playoffs converge with MLB and MLS regular-season action for some incredible Sports Power Weekend options. Boston, Chicago and LA are hard to beat when they have two playoff teams and a baseball team in town; but that doesn’t mean they are the only cities offering a great sports weekend for fans.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of April 15-17. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Boston

Friday
  • Blue Jays at Red Sox
Saturday
  • Canadiens at Bruins
  • Blue Jays at Red Sox
Sunday
  • Knicks at Celtics
  • Blue Jays at Red Sox

It is Patriot’s Day weekend in Boston, the Sox are home, the Boston Marathon is on Monday, and oh yeah, the Bruins and Celtics are both hosting long-time rivals in the playoffs. Hard to find a better Beantown weekend than this one.

Also see: Boston City Guide

2. Chicago

Friday
  • Angels at White Sox
Saturday
  • Pacers at Bulls
  • Angels at White Sox
Sunday
  • Canucks at Blackhawks
  • Angels at White Sox
  • Galaxy at Fire

The NBA-best Bulls start their road to the NBA Finals with a Game 1 matchup with the Indiana Pacers. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks continue their title defense against the Western Conference-best Vancouver Canucks. And the White Sox host a three-game set with the Angels, while the Fire are in town. For not including the Bears or Cubs, this is about as good as a Windy City weekend can get.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

3. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Predators at Ducks
  • Cardinals at Dodgers
Saturday
  • Cardinals at Dodgers
Sunday
  • Hornets at Lakers
  • Cardinals at Dodgers

Yet another weekend involving NBA and NHL playoff games, as well as an MLB home series. The Dodgers welcome Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals in early-season action on the diamond, the Anaheim Ducks host the Nashville Predators at the Pond, and on Sunday the Lakers begin their quest for a three-peat at the Staples Center against the New Orleans Hornets. The weather may put this weekend over the top.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

4. New York

Friday
  • Texas Rangers at Yankees
Saturday
  • Texas Rangers at Yankees
  • Earthquakes at Red Bulls
Sunday
  • Capitals at Rangers
  • Texas Rangers at Yankees

The Rangers will be all over New York City this weekend. Not only are NY’s hockey heroes hosting Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Caps on Sunday, but the defending AL champion Texas Rangers are in town to face the Yankees. No Josh Hamilton, but that is no problem. This is still one great Big Apple weekend.

Also see: New York City Guide

5. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Marlins at Phillies
Saturday
  • Sabres at Flyers
  • Marlins at Phillies
  • Sounders at Union
Sunday
  • Marlins at Phillies

Saturday will be action-packed in Philly, particularly at the South Philly Sports Complex, as the Flyers host the Sabres in NHL playoff action, the Phillies take the field against the Florida Marlins, and the Union welcomes the Sounders to PPL Park. These playoff series really create some incredible Sports Power Weekends, right?

6. Orlando-Tampa Bay

Friday
  • Twins at Rays
Saturday
  • Hawks at Magic
  • Twins at Rays
Sunday
  • Twins at Rays

An hour and change separates Tampa Bay and Orlando, so there should be no problem enjoying a Rays game at the Trop on either Friday or Sunday, while spending Saturday in Orlando and checking out Dwight Howard and the Magic against the Atlanta Hawks. Maybe Disney is calling your name.

7. Bay Area

Friday
  • Tigers at A’s
Saturday
  • Kings at Sharks
  • Tigers at A’s
Sunday
  • Tigers at A’s

The A’s and Twins both look to get on track this weekend, so this set in Oakland could get the momentum rolling for one of those teams. Meanwhile, down in San Jose, the Shark Tank will be hostile as San Jose tries to make a run in the Western Conference playoffs. They’ll face their neighbors from the south as the LA Kings come to town.

Also see: San Francisco-Oakland City Guide

8. Vancouver

Friday
  • Blackhawks at Canucks
Saturday
  • Chivas USA at Whitecaps
Sunday

It is hard to do much better in Vancouver than the West-best Canucks and the newest source of civic pride, the Whitecaps, both in action on the same weekend. The Whitecaps are in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference and will try to get on track, while the Canucks have their eyes set on bringing the Stanley Cup to Stanley Park.

9. San Antonio

Friday
  • Valero Texas Open
Saturday
  • Valero Texas Open
Sunday
  • Grizzlies at Spurs
  • Valero Texas Open

The TPC of San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course will keep the city entertained on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday the attention turns to the top seed in the West, the San Antonio Spurs, as they take on the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 NBA playoff action. The Riverwalk will be buzzing, and for good reason.

Also see: Houston-San Antonio City Guide

10. Atlanta

Friday
  • Mets at Braves
Saturday
  • Mets at Braves
Sunday
  • Mets at Braves

The Mets and Braves may not be at the top of the NL East standings, but Turner Field is always buzzing when the Mets come to town. Find a good sports bar to watch the Hawks take on the Magic on Saturday; it’ll be a fun sports weekend in Atlanta.

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: April

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011



Below are the top Sports Power Weekend options in 30+ major cities in North America. They are ordered in market size and often include cities and towns surrounding the major metropolitan area. To find a specific city, press Command+F and type in the city name.

If you are interested in discussing offerings to any of these cities for any of these weekends, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com for more information.

1.    NEW YORK

April 1-3 Thursday
  • Tigers at Yankees (Opening Day)
  • NIT Finals
Friday
  • Flyers at Devils
Saturday
  • Tigers at Yankees
  • Hurricanes at Islanders
  • Canadiens at Devils
  • Dynamo at Red Bulls
Sunday
  • Tigers at Yankees
  • Cavaliers at Knicks
  • Heat at Nets
April 8-10 Friday
  • Nationals at Mets
  • Knicks at Nets
  • Penguins at Islanders
Saturday
  • Nationals at Mets
  • Devils at Rangers
Sunday
  • Nationals at Mets
  • Bruins at Devils
April 15-17 Friday
  • Rangers at Yankees
Saturday
  • Rangers at Yankees
  • Earthquakes at Red Bulls
Sunday
  • Rangers at Yankees
April 22-24 Friday
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
Sunday
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
April 29-May 1 Friday
  • Raptors at Yankees
  • NFL Draft (Day 2)
Saturday
  • Raptors at Yankees
  • Sporting KC at Red Bulls
  • NFL Draft (Day 3)
Sunday
  • Raptors at Yankees

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