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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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NBA All-Star Weekend Packages (February 24-26, 2012)

Thursday, December 8th, 2011



Sports Power Weekends is proud to offer packages for the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend (February 24-26, 2012) in Orlando, Florida! Amenities such as postgame on-court access, premium hospitality and tickets to all the weekend’s events (Friday-Sunday) are within reach!

We will bring you the exact NBA All-Star package that suits your specific needs.

NBA All-Star Weekend Packages (click here for PDF with detailed offerings)

NBA All-Star Weekend events include:

61st NBA All-Star 2012 Game • Feb 26, 2012

Orlando is scheduled to host the NBA All-Star 2012 Game for the second time on Feb 26, 2012. Players are chosen by fan ballot, with the leading vote recipients at each position starting the game.

NBA All-Star 2012 Saturday Night presented by State Farm • Feb 25, 2012

NBA All-Star 2012 Saturday Night is scheduled to be comprised of an all-inclusive skills showcase comprised of:

  • Haier Shooting Stars – a competition featuring NBA and WNBA players and NBA legends.
  • Taco Bell Skills Challenge – a contest of top guards working against the clock to complete a series of passes, free throws, lay ups and agility skills.
  • Foot Locker Three-Point Contest – a long-standing staple of the evening.
  • Sprite Slam Dunk – featuring the NBA’s most creative slam-dunk artists.

NBA Rising Stars Challenge • Feb 24, 2012

NBA All-Star 2012 competitions are scheduled to get underway on Friday, Feb 24, 2012, as the league’s top rookies and second-year players square off.

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

SPW on SEC Today

Friday, September 2nd, 2011



Sports Power Weekends will be featured on the SEC Today on SECSports.com each week. Check out our segments below:

Arlington, Texas: LSU vs. Oregon (Friday, September 2nd)

Athens, Georgia: South Carolina at Georgia (Thursday, September 8th)

Nashville, Tennessee: Ole Miss at Vanderbilt (Friday, September 16th)

Gainesville, Florida: Alabama at Florida (Friday, September 30th)

Fayetteville, Arkansas: Auburn at Arkansas (Friday, October 7)

Knoxville, Tennessee: LSU at Tennessee (Friday, October 14)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Auburn at LSU (Friday, October 21)

Jacksonville, Florida: Georgia vs. Florida (Friday, October 28)

Tuscaloosa, Alabama: LSU at Alabama (Friday, November 4)

Columbia, South Carolina: Florida at South Carolina (Friday, November 11)

Oxford, Mississippi: LSU at Ole Miss (Thursday, November 17)

Auburn, Alabama: Alabama at Auburn (Tuesday, November 22)

Atlanta, Georgia: SEC Championship Game, LSU vs. Georgia (Thursday, December 1)

Tampa, Florida: Outback Bowl, Georgia vs. Michigan State (Tuesday, December 20)

Orlando, Florida: Capital One Bowl, South Carolina vs. Nebraska (Wednesday, December 21)

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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

Sports Power Weekend Destination: Tampa Bay and Orlando

Thursday, March 31st, 2011


April 1-3 Friday
  • Bobcats at Magic
  • Orioles at Rays
Saturday
  • Orioles at Rays
Sunday
  • Orioles at Rays


One of the most highly anticipated days in American sports is MLB Opening Day.  This marks the start of the baseball season, and for many the beginning of spring.  Come spend the first weekend in April down in beautiful central Florida, where you can not only take in the beautiful spring weather and take part in the MLB 2011 Opening Day festivities, but also see a game in the NBA’s newest arena.

Friday

  • Ceviche
  • Downtown Orlando
  • Amway Center

Photo courtesy of Orlando Sentinel

Even though baseball season is about to begin, basketball season is hitting its stretch run.  We suggest starting this power weekend with a short drive from Tampa to Orlando to watch the Orlando Magic as they fight to claim one of the East’s playoff spots.

Start the night off right by eating at one of Downtown Orlando’s best restaurants, Ceviche.  Ceviche offers a spectacular central tapas bar and a large, yet intimate, lounge with live flamenco music.  The menu is comprised of over 100 different hot and cold tapas, as well as paellas and cazuelas. Most of the tapas recipes are from Northern Spain and Catalan and many of the products are imported directly to the restaurant to maintain the authenticity of the dishes. The owners have carefully designed an exclusive Spanish wine list, and the Sangria has been voted “Best in Tampa Bay.”  The best part about Ceviche is not only is it an amazing restaurant but it is also located just two blocks away from the Amway Center, which is home to the Orlando Magic.

The Orlando Magic and their franchise center Dwight Howard will be facing the young and up-tempo Charlotte Bobcats, which should make for an exciting game.  This game is likely to have playoff implications in the Eastern Conference with both teams fighting for positioning. That should make for an especially enthusiastic crowd at the Amway Center, the newest arena in the NBA. The Amway Center is three times the size of the old Amway Arena, an upon opening in the Fall of 2010, its 180-foot tall tower has become a beacon of the city’s skyline, and its HD scoreboard has become the biggest in all of the NBA.

After the game head east on Church Street toward Orange Avenue. In a span of three blocks north on Orange there are a number of bars and clubs that would make for entertaining postgame options.

Saturday

  • Fort De Soto Park
  • George M. Steinbrenner Field
  • Westchase Golf Club
  • Pane Rustica
  • Tropicana Field

After spending Friday in Orlando, the rest of your weekend will be spent in Tampa Bay.  There are a numbers of ways you can spend Saturday, but your best option is to get up early and head over to Fort De Soto Park.  Fort De Soto Park was named the No. 1 Beach by Dr. Beach in 2005 and America’s Top Beach by TripAdvisor in 2008.   Fort De Soto County Park’s pristine North Beach features soft white sand, clear waters and great shelling. Nearby picnic shelters, grills and playground equipment make it a favorite destination with residents and tourists. Hopefully the early April temperatures cooperate, but in any case it is a nice place to check out and spend some time.

Photo courtesy of SteinbrennerField.com

For those who are not interested in going to the beach there are other options.  For any Yankee fans out there, you can visit the spring training home of the New York Yankees, George M. Steinbrenner Field, located right near the airport in Tampa.  Not only do they hold spring training here but it is also the home of the Yankees Class A minor league team.  Steinbrenner Field boasts the same exact dimensions of Yankee Stadium and it also has a replica Monument Park, which is based off the one in Yankee Stadium.  While there will be no spring training games going on you may be able to catch some players who are working out at the complex due to injury or playing in the minor leagues.

Another suggestion would be to pack the clubs and hit the links at any one of the numerous golf courses located in Tampa (check out the full list here).  Getting an early tee time would set you up for a great morning out in the sun enjoying the beautiful weather. No matter your skill level there are plenty of choices available.  I suggest checking out Westchase Golf Club, a course that is carved out of a sprawling cypress forest, with fairways that are long and narrow, and greens that are fast and smooth. The local wildlife is your personal gallery.  Westchase has earned a four-star rating from Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” and was also ranked #1 in Florida for customer satisfaction by the National Golf Foundation.

After a busy day you are bound to be starving, so why not have a late lunch/early dinner at Pane Rustica.  Pane Rustica was named one of America’s Best restaurants by Zagat’s and they said, “dollar for dollar, it’s the best meal in town”.  The lunch menu offers pizza, sandwiches and salads along with an assortment of freshly baked breads.  The dinner menu expands to include pastas, fish and other entrees.  Pan Rustica has become a favorite of locals and tourists alike, so it should not be missed.

Following your meal, head down to St. Petersburg to catch the Tampa Bay Rays open up their season against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.  The Rays will once battle the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox for the AL East Division Title.  The Orioles have in recent years been towards the bottom of the AL East standings, but with a ton of young talent they are looking to become relevant again.  Let’s not forget that it will be opening day and there will be a buzz in the air.

Sunday

  • The Refinery
  • Tropicana Field
  • Armed Forces Military Museum
  • Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

Photo courtesy of MLB.com

Start off your morning with brunch at The Refinery, a restaurant that serves American style food and changes their menu seasonally to incorporate fresh locally sourced ingredients.  Depending on your schedule you could head back to St. Petersburg and catch the afternoon game between the Rays and Orioles, or if you’re interested in checking out more of what Tampa has to offer why not head out to one of the many museums in Tampa. Tampa was recently named the “Top Arts Destination” by American Style Magazine. Two of the more interesting museums in the area are the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum and the Armed Forces Military Museum.

The Tampa Bay Automobile Museum is located in Pinellas Park, mid-way between Clearwater and St. Petersburg.  It features a unique collection of vintage cars and vehicles that demonstrate special creativity and imagination in their history and engineering. They include pioneering front wheel drive and rear engine cars from the 1920’s and 1930’s.  Each vehicle in the collection was chosen based on the engineering achievements that made it an important part of the evolution of the automobile.

The Armed Forces Military Museum on the other hand walks you through military history from a WWI trench to the flight deck of the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi.  The museum has completed displays reflecting WWI, an extensive display of Japanese memorabilia associated with the WWII attack on Pearl Harbor, displays of the USMC in the South Pacific, D-Day landings, German Third Reich, Korean War and 8063rd M.A.S.H memorabilia. Exhibits are enhanced with simulations of smoke, sounds of airplanes and tanks, and other audio/visual effects.  These effects will make you feel you are part of the action.

Once you have had your fill head back to your hotel, pack up and head to the airport early.  An added bonus to the Tampa airport is that they have Free Wi-Fi so you can catch up on any work you missed out on while you were away.

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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Top Sports Power Weekends: April 1-3

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011



April is finally here, and with it Major League Baseball Opening Day, the Final Four, and the regular seasons in the NBA and NHL in their final two weeks before the playoffs begin. Opening Day is more than just the start of the baseball season, it is the unofficial bridge from winter to summer, when everyone is undefeated and has a shot at glory, the weather is turning, and days at the ballpark beckon. It is the start of a long season, but everyone is eagerly anticipating the ride.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of April 1-3. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Houston

Friday
  • Spurs at Rockets
  • Shell Houston Open
Saturday
  • Final Four
  • Shell Houston Open
Sunday
  • Hawks at Rockets
  • Suns at Spurs
  • Shell Houston Open
Monday
  • NCAA National Championship Game

Houston is the place to be at the start of April with the Final Four and Championship Game taking place at Reliant Stadium, two Rockets games at the Toyota Center, and the Shell Houston Open also in town. Also on the locals’ minds (and TVs) will be Astros Opening Day, making this perhaps the most packed Sports Power Weekend Houston will see this year.

Also see: Houston City Guide

2. New York

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

New York often finds itself with a well-rounded Sports Power Weekend offering, and this option is no different. The Yankees lead off on Thursday at Yankee Stadium, while MSG hosts the NIT Finals that night. There is potential for another Yankee Stadium-MSG doubleheader on Sunday as the Tigers close out their series with the Yankees and the Knicks host the Cavs.

Also see: New York City Guide

3. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Giants at Dodgers
Saturday
  • Giants at Dodgers
  • Thunder at Clippers
  • Stars at Kings
  • Union at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Giants at Dodgers
  • Nuggets at Lakers
  • Stars at Ducks

The San Francisco Giants start their World Series defense on Thursday in LA against the rival Dodgers. The area goes on to host a Durant-Griffin showdown on Saturday and a Lakers game on Sunday. Additionally, the Kings, Ducks and Galaxy are in town to complement the four Giants-Dodgers games.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

4. Chicago

Friday
  • Pirates at Cubs
Saturday
  • Pirates at Cubs
  • Raptors at Bulls
Sunday
  • Pirates at Cubs
  • Lightning at Blackhawks

One of the great venues in all of sports, Wrigley Field, will host Major League baseball for the 98th season starting on Friday as the division foe Pittsburgh Pirates come to town. Saturday and Sunday the Bulls and Blackhawks take the court and ice, respectively, at the United Center. Hard to beat a Cubs, Bulls, Blackhawks weekend in Chicago!

Also see: Chicago City Guide

5. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Astros at Phillies
  • Nets at 76ers
Saturday
  • Astros at Phillies
Sunday
  • Astros at Phillies
  • Rangers at Flyers

Similar to the Chicago weekend, the MLB, NBA and NHL teams are all in action, making the South Philadelphia Sports Complex the place to be this weekend. Hard to beat the lineup of pitchers the Phils will trot out to the mound this weekend (Halladay, Lee, and Oswalt or Hamels), and the Sixers continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings.

6. San Francisco-Oakland

Friday
  • Mariners at Athletics
  • Nuggets at Kings
Saturday
  • Mariners at Athletics
  • Mavericks at Warriors
  • Ducks at Sharks
  • Sounders at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Mariners at Athletics
  • Jazz at Kings

The San Francisco Giants open on the road, leaving the Bay Area attention to Oakland for the weekend. The A’s are a sleeper team in the AL West and start off their season with a divisional series against the Seattle Mariners. Nearby on Saturday the Golden State Warriors host the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena, and down in San Jose the Sharks and ‘quakes will also be holding court.

Also see: San Francisco-Oakland City Guide

7. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • Cavaliers at Wizards
Saturday
  • Braves at Nationals
  • Sabres at Capitals
Sunday
  • Braves at Nationals

Nationals Park will be buzzing on Thursday as the Atlanta Braves come to town, and the Verizon Center will again be a hotspot with the Wizards and Capitals taking over the building on Friday and Saturday. Another good weekend in D.C. Are the cherry blossoms blooming yet?

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

8. Tampa Bay-Orlando

Friday
  • Orioles at Rays
  • Bobcats at Magic
Saturday
  • Orioles at Rays
Sunday
  • Orioles at Rays

This weekend was written about extensively in the link below, so check it out.

Also see: Sports Power Weekends Destination – Tampa Bay/Orlando

9. Boston

Friday
Saturday
  • Thrashers at Bruins
  • Timbers at Revolution
Sunday
  • Pistons at Celtics

The B’s and the C’s lock up the TD Garden over the weekend, and the local bars will have their TVs set to the Red Sox games in Texas. The NBA and NHL will soon give way to MLB in Beantown, well maybe after the Celtics and Bruins playoff runs are over.

Also see: Boston City Guide

10. Cincinnati

Friday
Saturday
  • Brewers at Reds
Sunday
  • Brewers at Reds

Opening Day in Cincinnati is practically a holiday, and in fact there is actually a push to make it an official local holiday. Not only do the defending NL Central champion Reds open the season on Thursday, but also nearby in Lexington, Kentucky, fans will be going crazy in and around town for their Kentucky Wildcats who play UConn in the Final Four in Houston on Saturday night. Two of the great traditions in sports in one weekend: Cincinnati Reds Opening Day and UK in the Final Four.

Top Sports Power Weekends: March 25-27

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011


The tides are beginning to change as the calendar approaches the flip from March to April. College basketball season has only two weekends remaining as the NCAA Tournament has reached the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups, Spring Training will break and give way to the regular season after this week, the NBA and NHL are in playoff stretch run mode, and the MLS just kicked off. It makes for some very significant and hard-fought games, and thus some great Sports Power Weekend options.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of March 25-27. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Anaheim

Thursday
  • Duke vs. Arizona and San Diego St. vs. UConn
Friday
  • Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers
Saturday
  • NCAA Tournament Regional Finals
  • Toronto Raptors at Los Angeles Clippers
  • Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings
  • Colorado Rapids at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • New Orleans Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers

What makes this weekend so great is that not only are the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games much more competitive and exciting than that some of the early-round mismatches, but you also get a chance to see some of the NBA’s biggest stars on the Tournament off days. Blake Griffin and Kobe Bryant fighting for the Staples Center spotlight on Friday night in nearby LA will be great, as will seeing Chris Paul take on those same Lakers on Sunday. The Honda Center in Anaheim is only about 30 minutes from LA, but with that traffic it could take three times as long.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

2. Newark

Friday
  • Ohio State vs. Kentucky and Marquette vs. North Carolina
  • Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks
Saturday Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders
Sunday
  • NCAA Tournament Regional Finals

The Prudential Center has no doubt been a success since opening just a few years ago, and with the Nets and Devils as its current primary tenants, it has put on its fair share of events. Newark will once again be on display as the Regional Semis and Finals roll into town, but New York City also throws itself into the fray with a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. Public transportation will makes the trip from Manhattan to Newark seamless and inexpensive, and there is no shortage of things to do on Saturday while no Tournament games are being held in the area.

Also see: New York City Guide

3. New Orleans

Thursday
  • Wisconsin vs. Butler and BYU vs. Florida
Friday
Saturday
  • NCAA Tournament Regional Finals
Sunday

New Orleans is another one of those weekends that doesn’t even need another sporting event to put it over the top. The Superdome is a manageable walk to the French Quarter for some postgame fun, and the food down in the area is hard to top. This will be a great long weekend starting on Thursday.

Also see: New Orleans City Guide

4. San Antonio

Friday
  • Kansas vs. Richmond and Florida State vs. VCU
Saturday
Sunday
  • NCAA Tournament Regional Finals

San Antonio’s River Walk and the Alamo are good attractions to check out when you’re not attending Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games at the Alamodome. San Antonio is a very spread out city, so staying in the River Walk area is definitely worth it.

Also see: Houston & San Antonio City Guide

5. Tampa Bay-Orlando

Friday
  • Nets at Magic
  • Hurricanes at Lightning
  • Spring Training
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational
Saturday
  • Spring Training
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational
Sunday
  • Spring Training
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational

There is plenty to do this weekend in central Florida as Spring Training concludes with its final weekend, the Magic and Lightning are both home on Friday night, and the Arnold Palmer Invitational comes to Orlando. This is your last chance to see Grapefruit League action, so make it count.

6. Phoenix

Friday
  • Hornets at Suns
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • Sharks at Coyotes
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Mavericks at Suns
  • Spring Training

Just like the Grapefruit League, Cactus League action comes to an end this weekend as well. With some many MLB teams training within a short radius of Phoenix, this is a great opportunity to check that out in addition to two Suns games and a Coyotes game in Glendale.

7. Boston

Friday
  • Bobcats at Celtics
Saturday
  • Rangers at Bruins
  • DC United at Revolution
Sunday

The Celtics are fighting for the top spot in the East, and the Rangers and Bruins will just be fighting. The TD Garden is the place to be this weekend with both teams in action and few games left on their collective home slates. Also check out the Revolution at Gillette Stadium in some early-season MLS action.

Also see: Boston City Guide

8. Chicago

Friday
  • Grizzlies at Bulls
Saturday
  • Ducks at Blackhawks
  • Sporting KC at Fire
Sunday

Like the aforementioned Celtics, the Bulls are gunning for the number one seed in the East. They take on the Memphis Grizzlies at the United Center on Friday night, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks take on the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. The MLS Chicago Fire host Sporting KC on Saturday as well.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

9. Philly

Friday
Saturday
  • Whitecaps at Union
Sunday
  • Kings at 76ers
  • Bruins at Flyers

The Philly SPW starts off on Saturday as the Union host the newly introduced Vancouver Whitecaps in their first-ever meeting. Sunday sees a Wells Fargo Center doubleheader as the 76ers and Flyers host the Sacramento Kings and Boston Bruins, respectively.

10. Atlanta

Friday
  • Canucks at Thrashers
Saturday
  • Nets at Hawks
Sunday
  • Senators at Thrashers

Philips Arena has a full slate this weekend with two Thrashers games and the Hawks hosting the New Jersey Nets on Saturday. The Hawks will be playing for playoff positioning, bit they’ll have to stop Deron Williams and the Nets to get the win.

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: March 4-6

Monday, February 28th, 2011



March Madness kicks off with rivalry games all throughout college basketball, as well as some big-time NBA games. Spring Training is also in full swing, making destinations in Florida and Arizona even more desirable than they usually are during the winter.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of March 4-6. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. New York

Friday
  • Cavaliers at Knicks
  • Penguins at Devils
Saturday
  • Blues at Islanders
  • USF at St. John’s
  • Marquette at Seton Hall
Sunday
  • Flyers at Rangers
  • Devils at Islanders


The new-look Knicks have made Madison Square Garden the hottest place to be once again in Manhattan. They’ll continue that momentum with a Friday night date against the Cleveland Cavaliers, before the Garden takes a night off of sporting events with a Bon Jovi concert on Saturday, and returns to action with Rangers-Flyers on Sunday. Throw in the resurgent St. John’s basketball program and New York is the place to be this weekend.

Also see: New York City Guide

2. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Bobcats at Lakers
  • Stars at Ducks
Saturday
  • Nuggets at Clippers
  • Canucks at Kings
Sunday
  • Canucks at Ducks


Los Angeles is on a hot streak, placing second on this week’s list after two straight appearances at number one. The Lakers and Clippers are both home at Staples and the Honda Center in Anaheim will see games on Friday night and Sunday for the Ducks.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

3. Atlanta

Friday
  • Thunder at Hawks
Saturday
  • Panthers at Thrashers
Sunday
  • Knicks at Hawks
  • Miami at Georgia Tech


Philips Arena welcomes some of the NBA’s biggest stars as Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks, and Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire and the Knicks come to town on Sunday. The Thrashers are home on Saturday for a clash on the ice against the Florida Panthers.

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

4. San Antonio

Friday
  • Heat at Spurs
Saturday
  • Texas Tech at Texas A&M
Sunday
  • Lakers at Spurs


San Antonio once again appears in this space as a result of the NBA-best Spurs. They play perhaps the two most exciting and followed teams in the league as the Big Three of the Miami Heat come to town on Friday night and Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers to town on Sunday. A long day trip to College Station is possible on Saturday, but spending time at the Alamo and River Walk is a good option too.

5. Tampa Bay-Orlando

Friday
  • Bulls at Magic
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • Canadiens at Lightning
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Spring Training


Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater are hot spots in Grapefruit League action, and on top of that the NBA and NHL are in play nearby. A possible playoff preview pits the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic against each other on Friday night at the Amway Center, an hour and a half from the Tampa Bay area.

6. Miami

Friday
  • Spring Training
  • Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens
Saturday
  • Spring Training
  • Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens
Sunday
  • Bulls at Heat
  • Capitals at Panthers
  • Spring Training
  • Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens


The Bulls make their way from Orlando to Miami for a meeting with the Heat on Sunday, a game that could go a long way towards determining Eastern Conference playoff seeding. An hour and a half north the Honda Classic is underway at Palm Beach Gardens, and some Grapefruit League action is near there as well with the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie among other local teams.

7. Phoenix

Friday
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • Red Wings at Coyotes
  • Oregon at Arizona
  • Oregon State at Arizona State
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Spring Training


Finally the Cactus League makes its way on to this list, as Phoenix places seventh this week. In addition to a number of Spring Training options, the Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils are all in play a short drive from Phoenix.

8. Detroit

Friday
Saturday
  • Michigan State at Michigan
Sunday
  • Wizards at Pistons


Rivalry Week rears its ugly head as the Michigan State Spartans face the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Michigan is fighting for an NCAA berth and a season sweep of Michigan State, so the stakes and the tensions will be high. On Sunday, John Wall and the Washington Wizards face the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

9. Raleigh

Friday
Saturday
  • Duke at UNC
Sunday
  • Florida State at NC State


It wouldn’t be rivalry week in college basketball if Duke and UNC weren’t going at it. This time they meet in Chapel Hill, a 30-minute drive from Raleigh where NC State will host Florida State on Sunday. Duke and UNC played a great game in their last meeting at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and the third meeting may take place next week at the ACC Tournament.

10. Oklahoma City

Friday
Saturday
  • Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
Sunday
  • Suns at Thunder


Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder headline this weekend when they host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. A half-hour away in Norman, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State face off in the state’s biggest rivalry.

Top Sports Power Weekends: February 25-27

Monday, February 21st, 2011



You would think it would be hard for Los Angeles to follow up an NBA All-Star Weekend, but the upcoming weekend is more well rounded and brings a lot of star power itself. Other cities around the country feature weekends headlined by Spring Training, the NFL Combine, and basketball and hockey action. As February comes to a close and March Madness approaches, much will have to be settled on the court this weekend.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of February 25-27. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Clippers at Lakers
  • Wild at Ducks
Saturday
  • Celtics at Clippers
  • Avalanche at Kings
  • Arizona at UCLA
  • Arizona State at USC
Sunday
  • Avalanche at Ducks


You can read more information about this weekend in the link below, but the short story is that the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Ducks, and UCLA and USC basketball are all home this weekend. This could be one of the best regular-season SPWs all year, following up on a hugely successful NBA All-Star Weekend in LA. The City of Angels is closing February strong.

Also see: Sports Power Weekend Destination: Los Angeles

2. Tampa Bay-Orlando

Friday
  • Thunder at Magic
  • Devils at Lightning
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Bobcats at Magic


With Spring Training now underway, central Florida is a great place to be on the last weekend in February. The Magic bookend the weekend with home games at the newly minted Amway Center, and MLB exhibition games are taking place at various locations in the area. Take your pick of Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater; you can’t go wrong.

3. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • Rangers at Capitals
Saturday
  • Mavericks at Wizards
  • Syracuse at Georgetown
Sunday


The New York Rangers are fighting for their playoff lives, but that won’t mean that Alex Ovechkin and the Caps are going to take it easy on them. The Verizon Center is the place to be this weekend with Friday night and Saturday dates getting the fans going. The Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry is always heated, and Big East and NCAA Tournament positioning is on the line.

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

4. Portland

Friday
  • Nuggets at Trail Blazers
Saturday
  • Stanford at Oregon
  • Cal at Oregon State
Sunday
  • Hawks at Trail Blazers


The Denver Nuggets are bound to have a different roster composition by this weekend with the impending Carmelo Anthony trade, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from checking out the Rose Garden, one of the NBA’s best arenas. From there, check out Oregon’s sparkling new Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene for a Ducks game against Stanford.

5. Miami

Friday
  • Wizards at Heat
Saturday
Sunday
  • Knicks at Heat
  • Devils at Panthers


NBA All-Star Weekend has concluded, but the stars still shine at American Airlines Arena with Heat home games against John Wall and the Washington Wizards, and Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks this weekend. Throw in the beautiful weather and Spring Training not too far away and you have got yourself a great weekend.

6. Indianapolis

Friday
  • Jazz at Pacers
  • NFL Scouting Combine
Saturday
  • Seton Hall at Notre Dame
  • NFL Scouting Combine
Sunday
  • Suns at Pacers
  • NFL Scouting Combine


Even though the NFL Scouting Combine is closed to the public, there is a decided NFL feel to the weekend in Indianapolis. You will see future NFL stars and current coaches and GMs in and out of restaurants and the mall throughout the weekend. On top of that are two Pacers games at the spacious and fan-friendly Conseco Fieldhouse.

7. Louisville-Lexington, KY

Friday
Saturday
  • Florida at Kentucky
Sunday
  • Pittsburgh at Louisville
  • UConn at Cincinnati


Similar to last weekend’s Louisville-Lexington SPW, the Cardinals and Wildcats will be holding court again this weekend in Kentucky. An SEC showdown between Florida and Kentucky takes place at Rupp Arena on Saturday night, and top-10 Pitt visits Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday. Not a bad weekend to be in the Bluegrass State.

8. Minneapolis

Friday
  • Hornets at Timberwolves
Saturday
  • Michigan at Minnesota
Sunday
  • Warriors at Timberwolves


Every day of the weekend offers something for sports fans in Minneapolis. Check out Kevin Love and the Timberwolves twice on the weekend, and a game with big NCAA Tournament implications between Michigan and Minnesota on Saturday.

9. Oklahoma City

Friday
Saturday
  • Kansas at Oklahoma
Sunday
  • Lakers at Thunder


Two very high-profile teams make visits to Oklahoma this weekend. On Saturday in Norman the top-five Kansas Jayhawks clash with the Oklahoma Sooners, and on Sunday Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers take on the young and energetic Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. There is some great basketball to be seen here this weekend.

10. Toronto

Friday
  • Suns at Raptors
Saturday
  • Penguins at Maple Leafs
Sunday
  • Mavericks at Raptors


Our friendly neighbors up north provide some action at the Air Canada Centre throughout the weekend with the Raptors hosting two games to bookend the Maple Leafs taking the ice on Saturday. Throw in a trip to the top of the CN Tower and you can call yourself an honorary Canadian for the weekend.