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Rally with a Tennis Legend!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

 

With VIP experiences from The PowerShares Series you can play on the court with a tennis legend! One-hour clinics are available in 12 different cities in October and November, giving you the chance to play on the court with Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, and other Grand Slam champions!

The PowerShares Series will make stops at arenas in 12 US cities, pitting four champions against one another in a one-night-only event. Stops on the tour include: Surprise, AZ (Oct. 13); Chicago (Oct. 17); Detroit (Oct. 18); Boston (Oct. 19); Philadelphia (Nov. 2); New York City (Nov. 5); Tampa (Nov. 9); Atlanta (Nov. 10); San Jose (Nov. 16); Las Vegas (Nov. 17); Denver (Nov. 29); and Anaheim (Nov. 30).

Three different VIP experiences are being offered by Sports Power Weekends via the PowerShares Series, including the player clinic experience, the player backstage experience, and the player Q&A with hospitality experience. What those three entail is listed below:

Player Clinic Experience

  • Exclusive one-hour group clinic with two headlining players on the arena court
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players, emceed by a Tennis Channel personality

Price: $1,500

Player Backstage Experience

  • Backstage meet and greet with all four headlining players before the matches start
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Player walk out: Accompany the players as they leave the backstage area and take center court
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players

Price: $750

Player Q&A with Hospitality Experience

  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event featuring all four players with dinner and open bar
  • Rub shoulders with the players and hear their thoughts on all topics in a Q&A session

Price: $250

NOTE: Tickets to the actual matches are not included in the above experiences, and range from $45-250 each, depending on the city.

Purchase Information

To purchase any of these VIP experiences, click on your city to be taken to the specific event page. Then click the “Buy Now” button for the experience you would like to reserve!

Surprise, Arizona (Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex; Saturday, October 13)

Chicago, Illinois (United Center; Wednesday, October 17)

Detroit, Michigan (Palace of Auburn Hills; Thursday, October 18)

Boston, Massachusetts (TD Garden; Friday, October 19)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Wells Fargo Center; Friday, November 2)

New York, New York (Madison Square Garden; Monday, November 5)

Tampa, Florida (Tampa Bay Times Forum; Friday, November 9)

Atlanta, Georgia (Gwinnett Center; Saturday, November 10)

San Jose, California (HP Pavilion; Friday, November 16)

Las Vegas, Nevada (Mandalay Bay Hotel; Saturday, November 17)

Denver, Colorado (Pepsi Center; Thursday, November 29)

Anaheim, California (Honda Center; Friday, November 30)

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For additional information, 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.

 

PowerShares Series VIP Tennis Experiences: Philadelphia

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012



(Wells Fargo Center; Friday, November 2)

THE PLAYERS

  • Pete Sampras
  • John McEnroe
  • Jim Courier
  • Patrick Rafter

Three different VIP experiences are being offered by Sports Power Weekends via the PowerShares Series, including the player clinic experience, the player backstage experience, and the player Q&A with hospitality experience. What those three entail is listed below:

Player Clinic Experience

  • Exclusive one-hour group clinic with two headlining players on the arena court
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players, emceed by a Tennis Channel personality

Price: $1,500

Player Backstage Experience

  • Backstage meet and greet with all four headlining players before the matches start
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Player walk out: Accompany the players as they leave the backstage area and take center court
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players

Price: $750

Player Q&A with Hospitality Experience

  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event featuring all four players with dinner and open bar
  • Rub shoulders with the players and hear their thoughts on all topics in a Q&A session

Price: $250

NOTE: Tickets to the actual matches are not included in the above experiences, and range from $45-250 each, depending on the city.

Purchase Information

To purchase any of these VIP experiences, click the “Buy Now” button for the experience you would like to reserve!

VIP Sponsor Clinic with Sampras/Courier/McEnroe/Rafter ($1,500) VIP Meet & Greet with McEnroe/Courier/Sampras/Rafter ($750 per person) VIP Cocktail Party with all Players ($250 per person)


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Event Schedule (Wells Fargo Center; Friday, November 2)

  • 3:00 PM — VIP Sponsor Clinic #1 with McEnroe/Courier (VIP Upgrade required)
  • 4:00 PM — VIP Sponsor Clinic #2 with Sampras/Rafter (VIP Upgrade required)
  • 6:00 PM — VIP Cocktail Party with all Players (VIP Upgrade required)
  • 6:30 PM — Doors open to public
  • 7:30 PM — Event starts & Semi-final #1 (McEnroe vs Courier)
  • 8:15 PM — Semi-final #2 (Sampras vs Rafter)
  • 9:00 PM — Finals (eight-game pro set match)

 

For additional information, 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…)

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 22-24

Monday, July 18th, 2011



The World Football Challenge kicked off last week and has been a tremendous success, particularly in Los Angeles, where the Galaxy-Real Madrid match was played in front of 56,000 fans. This week, two of the most popular teams in the world will face MLS teams in NFL stadiums as part of Sports Power Weekends that also feature Major League Baseball games in the same city.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of July 22-24. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Chicago

Friday
  • Astros at Cubs
Saturday
  • Manchester United at Fire (Soldier Field)
  • Astros at Cubs
Sunday
  • Astros at Cubs

Neither the Cubs nor the Fire have been doing particularly well on the field this year, but seeing those teams play is still the thing to do this weekend as both host games in Chicago. Seeing Manchester United take over Soldier Field will be a thrill for soccer fans, and throwing in a Sunday afternoon game at Wrigley Field is just the icing on the cake for this Windy City Weekend. (Buy tickets for this weekend here).

Also see: Chicago City Guide

2. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Padres at Phillies
Saturday
  • Real Madrid at Union (Lincoln Financial Field)
  • Padres at Phillies
Sunday
  • Padres at Phillies

The City of Brotherly Love is opening its arms to Real Madrid, one of the most exciting and best teams in all of Europe. They face off against the hometown Philadelphia Union at The Linc. The Sons of Ben will be loud and proud supporting their team. Also this weekend in the South Philly Sports Complex, the NL-best Phillies will host three games with the San Diego Padres.

3. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Nationals at Dodgers
Saturday
  • Nationals at Dodgers
  • Houston at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • Manchester City at Galaxy
  • Nationals at Dodgers

The Galaxy was beating badly at the hands of Real Madrid last weekend, but they look to shake it off as they face another tough European squad, Manchester City of the English Premier League. The Home Depot Center will host this match in Carson, not far from Dodger Stadium, where the Dodgers face the Washington Nationals for a weekend set.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

4. New York

Friday
  • A’s at Yankees
Saturday
  • A’s at Yankees
  • FC Dallas at Red Bulls
Sunday
  • A’s at Yankees

The Yankees have New York baseball to themselves as the Mets are on the road, and they welcome the A’s to town as they look to regain the AL East lead. Out in Harrison, New Jersey on Saturday, FC Dallas visits the Red Bulls. The field will host the MLS All Stars vs. Manchester United next week.

Also see: New York City Guide

5. Pittsburgh

Friday
  • Cardinals at Pirates
Saturday
  • Cardinals at Pirates
Sunday
  • Cardinals at Pirates

The resurgent Pirates made a brief stop atop the NL Central division and are fighting with the Cardinals, Brewers and Reds in a tight division race. The Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh in what is the most meaningful series perhaps ever played at PNC Park. Grab a Primanti’s sandwich in between innings, because you will not want to miss the action.

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: June 24-26

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011



Thursday’s NBA Draft effectively puts an end to basketball’s participation in Sports Power Weekends this summer, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup concludes this Saturday with the Final at the Rose Bowl. That leaves us with MLB and MLS, as well as PGA, tennis and racing events until we welcome football season. Those sports still have a lot to offer, and make for some great travel weekends in July and August.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of June 24-26. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Angels at Dodgers
  • Braves at Padres
Saturday
  • Gold Cup Finals (Rose Bowl)
  • Angels at Dodgers
  • Braves at Padres
Sunday
  • Angels at Dodgers
  • Braves at Padres

The “cross-town” clash between the Angels and Dodgers will take place at Dodger Stadium this weekend, and not even a terrible ownership situation can spoil the beauty of watching a game in Chavez Ravine. Two hours down I-5 the Padres host the Braves at stunning Petco Park. The headliner of the weekend is the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final at the Rose Bowl, possibly a rematch between Mexico and the United States. Who knows, this might provide more excitement that last year’s TCU beat down of Wisconsin.

2. New York

Thursday
  • NBA Draft (Prudential Center)
  • Athletics at Mets
Friday
  • Rockies at Yankees
Saturday
  • Rockies at Yankees
Sunday
  • Rockies at Yankees

The NBA Draft might signal the end of NBA-related activities before a lockout, but it also begins a New York SPW that sees the Colorado Rockies visiting for a three game set at Yankee Stadium.

3. Kansas City

Friday
  • Cubs at Royals
Saturday
  • Cubs at Royals
  • Whitecaps at Sporting KC
Sunday
  • Cubs at Royals

Seven of the eight remaining cities on this week’s Top 10 consist of MLB-MLS Sports Power Weekends, starting with Kansas City. Livestrong Sporting Park opened to rave reviews earlier this month, and will play host to the Vancouver Whitecaps at Sporting KC match on Saturday. This weekend at Kauffmann Field, the young and exciting Kansas City Royals host the Chicago Cubs.

4. Philadelphia

Friday
  • A’s at Phillies
Saturday
  • A’s at Phillies
  • Chivas USA at Union
Sunday
  • A’s at Phillies

2011 marks the 100th Anniversary of the 1911 World Champion Philadelphia A’s, so it is only right that the now Oakland A’s make a trip back to Philly during an Interleague Series. The Phillies will host the A’s at Citizens Bank Park all weekend, while Saturday the Union host Chivas USA at PPL Park in Chester.

5. Dallas

Friday
  • Mets at Rangers
Saturday
  • Mets at Rangers
  • Timbers at FC Dallas
Sunday
  • Mets at Rangers

Jose Reyes and the New York Mets head from Citi Field to the Ballpark in Arlington for a three game series with the defending AL Champion Texas Rangers. Up in Frisco, FC Dallas hosts the Portland Timbers, making for an intriguing MLB-MLS weekend.

6. Bay Area

Friday
  • Indians at Giants
Saturday
  • Indians at Giants
  • Galaxy at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Indians at Giants

The Indians are in a battle for the top spot in the NL Central, just as San Francisco is in a fight atop the NL West. Both teams hope to put their best foot forward as they meet at AT&T Park in the city by the bay. Meanwhile, down in San Jose on Saturday the Earthquakes will host the Galaxy as they make their way north from Los Angeles.

7. Chicago

Friday
  • Nationals at White Sox
Saturday
  • Nationals at White Sox
Sunday
  • Nationals at White Sox
  • Red Bulls at Fire

The Red Bulls-Fire game doesn’t carry the same intensity as other NY-Chicago matchups, but the fans at Toyota Park will be ready to cheer on their squad. The White Sox and Nationals are both right around the .500 mark and hope a strong weekend will give them momentum heading into the second half of the season.

8. Seattle

Friday
  • Marlins at Mariners
Saturday
  • Marlins at Mariners
Sunday
  • Marlins at Mariners
  • Revolution at Sounders

The newly renamed CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field) can still call itself the best MLS venue in the country, and will host the Sounders-Revolution match on Sunday. Throughout the weekend at Safeco Field, the hometown Mariners welcome the reeling Florida Marlins for three games.

9. Washington, D.C.-Baltimore

Friday
  • Reds at Orioles
Saturday
  • Reds at Orioles
  • Dynamo at DC United
Sunday
  • Reds at Orioles

About an hour separate Baltimore from D.C., but that shouldn’t stop you from making a MLB-MLS SPW in the beltway. The Reds travel to Camden Yards for three games with the O’s, and nearby at RFK Stadium the Houston Dynamo will take on DC United on Saturday.

10. Pittsburgh

Friday
  • Red Sox at Pirates
Saturday
  • Red Sox at Pirates
Sunday
  • Red Sox at Pirates

Red Sox fans haven’t had many opportunities to check out PNC Park, making this a great weekend for Boston fans to travel to Pittsburgh to see the place for themselves. The Pirates have been playing well, but will have their work cut out for them if they want to slow down the red-hot Red Sox.

Top Sports Power Weekends: June 10-12

Monday, June 6th, 2011



On top of the nearing conclusion of the NBA and NHL Finals, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial regional championship for national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean, continues with group matches in Miami, Tampa Bay and Chicago this weekend. Miami will see Game 6 between the Heat and the Mavericks as well as two Gold Cup matches this weekend, giving the city the top spot on this week’s list.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of June 10-12. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Miami

Friday
  • Jamaica vs. Guatemala (Gold Cup at FIU)
  • Grenada vs. Honduras (Gold Cup at FIU)
  • Diamondbacks at Marlins
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Marlins
Sunday
  • Mavericks at Heat (Game 6)
  • Diamondbacks at Marlins

The two Gold Cup matches at Florida International University kick off the weekend, which features an NBA Finals elimination game and a Florida Marlins series at Sun Life Stadium. Jamaica, Guatemala, Grenada and Honduras will all expect tremendous representation at their games in southern Florida.

2. New York

Friday
  • Indians at Yankees
  • Revolution at Red Bulls
Saturday
  • Belmont Stakes
  • Indians at Yankees
Sunday
  • Indians at Yankees

The third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, runs in Elmont, NY on Saturday to highlight a weekend that also features two of the American League’s best teams. The Indians and Yankees ready for a three game set at Yankee Stadium, in a potential playoff preview.

Also see: New York City Guide

3. Vancouver

Friday
  • Bruins at Canucks (Game 5)
Saturday
Sunday

Vancouver held serve with two thrilling home wins in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cups Finals at Rogers Arena. Game 5 is always a pivotal game in any series, and this Game 5 promises to be no different. Canucks fans will be in full force hoping to bring the Stanley Cup to Stanley Park.

4. Tampa Bay

Friday
Saturday
  • Canada vs. Guadeloupe (Gold Cup at Raymond James Stadium)
  • USA vs. Panama (Gold Cup at Raymond James Stadium)
Sunday

The US Men’s National Team and our neighbors to the north will both take part in Gold Cup matches at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers’ home will host Canada-Guadeloupe as well as the United States-Panama match. Uncle Sam’s Army will be out in full force.

5. Chicago

Friday
  • A’s at White Sox
Saturday
  • A’s at White Sox
Sunday
  • El Salvador vs. Cuba (Gold Cup at Soldier Field)
  • Mexico vs. Costa Rica (Gold Cup at Soldier Field)
  • A’s at White Sox

The White Sox host a three game set with the Oakland A’s at The Cell, while nearby at Soldier Field pivotal Gold Cup matches will get underway on Sunday. El Salvador faces Cuba and Mexico clashes with Costa Rica. These games won’t have the same intensity as a December Bears-Packers clash at Soldier Field, but try telling that to these fans.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

6. Los Angeles-San Diego

Friday
  • Royals at Angels
  • Nationals at Padres
Saturday
  • Royals at Angels
  • Nationals at Padres
  • Toronto FC at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Royals at Angels
  • Nationals at Padres

This is another southern California weekend that offers the possibility of games at both Angels Stadium in Anaheim and Petco Park in San Diego. Throw in a Galaxy match in the Home Depot Center and you’ve got yourself a well-rounded summer SPW in LA and San Diego.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

7. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Cubs at Phillies
Saturday
  • Cubs at Phillies
  • Real Salt Lake at Union
Sunday
  • Cubs at Phillies

The MLB-MLS combo is essential Sports Power Weekend of the summer as all of the other major sports leagues are in their offseasons. Philadelphia boasts a good one this weekend as the Cubs travel to Citizens Bank Park to take on the NL East leading Phillies, and the Union host Real Salt Lake at PPL Park in nearby Chester, PA.

8. Baltimore

Friday
  • Rays at Orioles
Saturday
  • Rays at Orioles
  • Earthquakes at DC United
Sunday
  • Rays at Orioles

Camden Yards is one of the crown jewels of Major League Baseball, and it will be open for business this weekend as the hometown O’s face their AL East counterparts the Tampa Bay Rays. A short train ride away in D.C. at RFK Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes travel to face DC United in an MLS clash.

Also see: Baltimore City Guide

9. Houston

Friday
  • Braves at Astros
Saturday
  • Braves at Astros
  • Chivas USA at Dynamo
Sunday
  • Braves at Astros

Houston features a three game set at Minute Maid Park as the Astros host the Atlanta Braves in the shadow of Union Station. On Saturday, the Dynamo host Chivas USA, concluding yet another MLB-MLS combo weekend.

Also see: Houston City Guide

10. Memphis

Friday
  • PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic
Saturday
  • PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic
Sunday
  • PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic

Memphis continues to deal with the aftermath of heavy flooding in the city, but the St. Jude Classic goes on at TPC Southwind. Some of the world’s best will be on hand for one of the top tournaments on the PGA Tour.

Also see: Memphis City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: May 20-22

Monday, May 16th, 2011



The Conference Finals in both the NBA and NHL are underway as we get closer to crowning new champions. Meanwhile, the weather is warming up and as baseball becomes the only game in town, ballparks will begin to fill up with more regularity. Interleague play begins this week and rivalries are renewed. There is no shortage of great travel options this week.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of May 20-22. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Bay Area

Friday
  • Canucks at Sharks (Game 3)
  • A’s at Giants
Saturday
  • A’s at Giants
  • Revolution at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Canucks at Sharks (Game 4)
  • A’s at Giants

It is quite a weekend in the Bay Area, as the San Jose Sharks welcome the Canucks to the Shark Tank for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Meanwhile, the Oakland A’s travel across the bay to take on their neighbors, the San Francisco Giants, at AT&T Park. Also in San Jose, the Earthquakes take on the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

2. Baltimore

Friday
  • Nationals at Orioles
Saturday
  • Preakness Stakes
  • Nationals at Orioles
Sunday
  • Nationals at Orioles

The Preakness Stakes doesn’t bring in the same rowdy crowd that it used to, but the infield is still a fun place to be on a nice Saturday afternoon. Concerts and events will be held in the infield, as the second leg of the Triple Crown is run on the track. Nearby, the Beltway Series returns as the Nationals travel from D.C. to Baltimore to take on the O’s.

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

3. Miami

Friday
  • Rays at Marlins
Saturday
  • Rays at Marlins
Sunday
  • Bulls at Heat (Game 3)
  • Rays at Marlins

Even though the Rays have rebounded from an early season stumble to take the lead in the AL East, and the Marlins have one of the best records in the NL, forgive the fans for focusing more on the Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat. Game 3 will be pivotal as the series moves from Chicago to South Beach, as the Heat try to defend their home court.

4. Boston

Friday
  • Cubs at Red Sox
Saturday
  • Cubs at Red Sox
Sunday
  • Cubs at Red Sox

With the Bruins on the road and the Celtics eliminated from the playoffs, the Red Sox have Boston all to themselves for the first time in a long time. It just so happens that they welcome the Chicago Cubs to Fenway Park for the first time since the 1918 World Series, in one of the most anticipated series in MLB this year. The Sox are fresh off a sweep of the Yankees, and hope to continue their great play following their lousy season start.

Also see: Boston City Guide

5. Oklahoma City

Friday
Saturday
  • Mavericks at Thunder (Game 3)
Sunday

The Thunder defended their home court in Game 7 against the Memphis Grizzlies, and will return home for their first-ever Western Conference Finals home game as they welcome the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 on Saturday. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were spectacular in Game 7, but Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs present a whole new set of problems.

6. Tampa Bay

Friday
    Saturday
    • Bruins at Lightning (Game 4)
    Sunday

      The Lightning took Game 1 in Boston and hope to protect their home ice back in Tampa Bay. They host the Bruins on Saturday in Game 4, a pivotal showdown in each team’s quest for a Stanley Cup berth.

      7. New York

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

      The Mets started the season very slow, but have picked it up as of late as they approach .500. The Yankees are on the opposite trajectory after a hot start, but you can throw the records out the window as these teams meet in their annual Subway Series clash. The first installment of 2011 takes place in the Bronx, where Yankee Stadium is a short subway ride from Manhattan.

      Also see: New York City Guide

      8. Los Angeles-San Diego

      Friday
      • Braves at Angels
      • Mariners at Padres
      Saturday
      • Braves at Angels
      • Mariners at Padres
      • Galaxy at Chivas USA
      Sunday
      • Braves at Angels
      • Mariners at Padres

      As cities across the country see cross-town teams facing off interleague play, the Dodgers and Angels will not be facing off in LA. The Angels and Padres will both be in action, hosting the Braves and Mariners, respectively. The cross-town matchup taking place actually involves two MLS teams, as the Galaxy face their neighbors, Chivas USA.

      Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

      9. Philadelphia

      Friday
      • Rangers at Phillies
      Saturday
      • Rangers at Phillies
      • Fire at Union
      Sunday
      • Rangers at Phillies

      The defending AL champion Rangers were led by Cliff Lee on their way to the World Series last year. Lee now plays for the Phillies, the NL favorite, who host the Rangers for a three game set at Citizens Bank Park. At PPL Park nearby, the Union host the Chicago Fire in MLS action.

      10. Chicago

      Friday
      • Dodgers at White Sox
      Saturday
      • Dodgers at White Sox
      Sunday
      • Dodgers at White Sox

      With the Bulls and Cubs on the road, the White Sox take over the Windy City, and welcome the Dodgers to The Cell. LA-Chicago matchups are always compelling, and this one figures to be no different.

      Also see: Chicago City Guide