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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 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 3-5

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011



The NBA and NHL Finals are in full swing this weekend in Dallas and Vancouver as the Miami Heat visit the Mavericks and the Canucks host the Boston Bruins. Meanwhile, in addition to MLS games, soccer international friendlies and even meaningful tournament games take place throughout the country. Mix that will America’s pastime as we enter the month of June, and you have got yourself some top notch SPW options this weekend.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of June 3-5. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Dallas

Friday
Saturday
  • Revolution at FC Dallas
Sunday
  • Heat at Mavericks (Game 3)
  • Gold Cup at Cowboys Stadium (Costa Rica vs. Cuba; Mexico vs. El Salvador)

There is action on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium, but it is of the futbol variety rather than football. The Gold Cup gets underway with two matches, but Sunday’s real strength is the NBA Finals Game 3 between the Mavericks and Heat at the American Airlines Center. Dallas is still bitter about their Finals loss to the Heat in 2006, and they will be ready to make their voices heard as the series comes home.

Also see: Dallas City Guide

2. Vancouver-Seattle

Friday
  • Rays at Mariners
Saturday
  • Bruins at Canucks (Game 2)
  • Rays at Mariners
Sunday
  • Rays at Mariners

About a three-hour drive and a national border separate Vancouver and Seattle, but that shouldn’t stop any potential international SPWers. The Mariners host the Rays at Safeco all weekend, but Saturday is reserved for the hockey fans. The Stanley Cup Finals will be played not far from Stanley Park, as the Canucks make their first trip back since 1994 and host the Boston Bruins in Vancouver. Game 2 will take place over the weekend before the series heads to Boston for Games 3 and 4.

3. Boston

Friday
  • A’s at Red Sox
Saturday
  • USA vs. Spain (Gillette Stadium)
  • A’s at Red Sox
Sunday
  • A’s at Red Sox

The resurgent Red Sox are tied atop the AL East after a tough start to the season. They will welcome the Oakland A’s to Fenway Park for a weekend set. Meanwhile, Gillette Stadium will be buzzing on Saturday as the defending World Cup Champs from Spain travel to Foxboro to take on the Americans in an international soccer friendly. Uncle Sam’s Army will be out in full force to cheer on our men.

Also see: Boston City Guide

4. Los Angeles-San Diego

Friday
  • Yankees at Angels
  • Astros at Padres
  • DC United at Galaxy
Saturday
  • Yankees at Angels
  • Astros at Padres
  • Timbers at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • Yankees at Angels
  • Astros at Padres

With both the Angels and Padres home for the weekend an ambitious sports fan can catch both American and National League action in southern California. Additionally, both LA-based MLS teams are home as the Galaxy host DC United on Friday and the Portland Timbers travel to Chivas USA on Saturday.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

5. New York

Friday
  • Braves at Mets
Saturday
  • Braves at Mets
  • Crew at Red Bulls
Sunday
  • Braves at Mets

The Mets host their NL East rivals over the weekend before heading out for a long road trip. While on the road, Citi Field will host its first soccer match, and friendly between Greece and Ecuador on Tuesday, June 7. At Red Bull Arena on Saturday, the Red Bulls host Columbus in Harrison, New Jersey.

Also see: New York City Guide

6. Chicago

Friday
  • Tigers at White Sox
Saturday
  • Tigers at White Sox
  • Sounders at Fire
Sunday
  • Tigers at White Sox

The White Sox have the Windy City to themselves with the Cubs out of town, and they’ll host the Tigers at The Cell over the weekend. These two teams are fighting for positioning behind Cleveland in the AL Central. Out at Toyota Park, the Fire host the Seattle Sounders in an MLS matchup.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

7. San Francisco

Friday
  • Rockies at Giants
Saturday
  • Rockies at Giants
  • Dynamo at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Rockies at Giants

Yet another MLB and MLS weekend comes together as the defending World Series champs host NL West rival Colorado at AT&T Park. San Francisco is challenging for the division lead and the Rockies are clawing back to .500. Down in San Jose, the Quakes host the Houston Dynamo, rounding out this Bay Area SPW.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

8. St. Louis

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

It is hard to determine which matchup in St. Louis will be more hostile this weekend: the labor dispute between the NFL owners and players, or the NL Central rivalry between the Cubs and Cardinals. Busch Stadium will play host to the baseball rivalry as the Cardinals aim to increase their division lead.

Also see: Next NFL Labor Twist Takes us to St. Louis

9. Cleveland

Friday
  • Rangers at Indians
  • The Memorial Tournament (Dublin, OH)
Saturday
  • Rangers at Indians
  • The Memorial Tournament (Dublin, OH)
Sunday
  • Rangers at Indians
  • The Memorial Tournament (Dublin, OH)

The AL-best Indians host the defending AL Champs as the Rangers travel to Progressive Field. Meanwhile near Columbus in Dublin, Ohio, Buckeye fans will turn to the PGA’s Memorial Tournament to take their mind off of the Ohio State scandal.

10. Pittsburgh

Friday
  • Phillies at Pirates
Saturday
  • Phillies at Pirates
Sunday
  • Phillies at Pirates

The in-state battle between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates will start another chapter at PNC Park, rated as the top ballpark in Major League Baseball. The Pirates are just below .500 on the season, while the Phillies own the top record in all of baseball.

Top Sports Power Weekends By City: May

Monday, May 2nd, 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

May 6-8 Friday
  • Dodgers at Mets
Saturday
  • Dodgers at Mets
Sunday
  • Dodgers at Mets
May 13-15 Friday
  • Red Sox at Yankees
Saturday
  • Red Sox at Yankees
Sunday
  • Red Sox at Yankees
  • Chivas USA at Red Bulls
May 20-22 Friday
  • Mets at Yankees
Saturday
  • Mets at Yankees
Sunday
  • Mets at Yankees
May 27-29 Friday
  • Phillies at Mets
Saturday
  • Phillies at Mets
Sunday
  • Phillies at Mets

2.    LOS ANGELES-SAN DIEGO

May 6-8 Friday
  • Indians at Angels
  • Diamondbacks at Padres
Saturday
  • Indians at Angels
  • Diamondbacks at Padres
  • Red Bulls at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Indians at Angels
  • Diamondbacks at Padres
May 13-15 Friday
  • Diamondbacks at Dodgers
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Dodgers
  • Sporting KC at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Diamondbacks at Dodgers
May 20-22 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
May 27-29 Friday
  • Marlins at Dodgers
Saturday
  • Marlins at Dodgers
Sunday
  • Marlins at Dodgers

3.    CHICAGO

May 6-8 Friday
  • Reds at Cubs
Saturday
  • Reds at Cubs
  • Whitecaps at Fire
Sunday
  • Reds at Cubs
May 13-15 Friday
  • Giants at Cubs
Saturday
  • Giants at Cubs
Sunday
  • Giants at Cubs
May 20-22 Friday
  • Dodgers at White Sox
Saturday
  • Dodgers at White Sox
Sunday
  • Dodgers at White Sox
May 27-29 Friday
  • Pirates at Cubs
Saturday
  • Pirates at Cubs
  • Earthquakes at Fire
Sunday
  • Pirates at Cubs

4.    PHILADELPHIA

May 6-8 Friday
  • Braves at Phillies
Saturday
  • Braves at Phillies
Sunday
  • Braves at Phillies
  • Bruins at Flyers (Game 5)
May 13-15 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 20-22 Friday
  • Rangers at Phillies
Saturday
  • Rangers at Phillies
  • Fire at Union
Sunday
  • Rangers at Phillies
May 27-29 Friday
Saturday
Sunday

5.    DALLAS

May 6-8 Friday
  • Lakers at Mavericks (Game 3)
  • Yankees at Rangers
Saturday
  • Yankees at Rangers
Sunday
  • Lakers at Mavericks (Game 4)
  • Yankees at Rangers
May 13-15 Friday
  • Angels at Rangers
Saturday
  • Angels at Rangers
  • Union at FC Dallas
Sunday
  • Angels at Rangers
May 20-22 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas
May 27-29 Friday
  • Royals at Rangers
Saturday
  • Royals at Rangers
Sunday
  • Royals at Rangers

6.    SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND-SAN JOSE-SACRAMENTO

May 6-8 Friday
  • Rockies at Giants
Saturday
  • Rockies at Giants
Sunday
  • Rockies at Giants
  • Red Wings at Sharks (Game 5)
May 13-15 Friday
  • White Sox at Athletics
Saturday
  • White Sox at Athletics
  • Crew at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • White Sox at Athletics
May 20-22 Friday
  • Athletics at Giants
Saturday
  • Athletics at Giants
  • Revolution at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Athletics at Giants
May 27-29 Friday
  • Orioles at Athletics
Saturday
  • Orioles at Athletics
Sunday
  • Orioles at Athletics

7.    BOSTON- HARTFORD-PROVIDENCE

May 6-8 Friday
  • Twins at Red Sox
  • Flyers at Bruins (Game 4)
Saturday
  • Twins at Red Sox
  • Heat at Celtics (Game 3)
  • Rapids at Revolution
Sunday
  • Twins at Red Sox
May 13-15 Friday
Saturday
  • Whitecaps at Revolution
Sunday
May 20-22 Friday
  • Cubs at Red Sox
Saturday
  • Cubs at Red Sox
Sunday
  • Cubs at Red Sox
May 27-29 Friday
Saturday
  • Galaxy at Revolution
Sunday

8.    ATLANTA

May 6-8 Friday
  • Bulls at Hawks (Game 3)
Saturday
Sunday
  • Bulls at Hawks (Game 4)
May 13-15 Friday
  • Phillies at Braves
Saturday
  • Phillies at Braves
Sunday
  • Phillies at Braves
May 20-22 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 27-29 Friday
  • Reds at Braves
Saturday
  • Reds at Braves
Sunday
  • Reds at Braves

9.    WASHINGTON, DC-BALTIMORE

May 6-8 Friday
  • Rays at Orioles
Saturday
  • Rays at Orioles
  • Lightning at Capitals (Game 5)
  • FC Dallas at DC United
Sunday
  • Rays at Orioles
May 13-15 Friday
  • Marlins at Nationals
Saturday
  • Marlins at Nationals
  • Rapids at DC United
Sunday
  • Marlins at Nationals
May 20-22 Friday
  • Nationals at Orioles
Saturday
  • Nationals at Orioles
  • Preakness Stakes
Sunday
  • Nationals at Orioles
May 27-29 Friday
  • Padres at Nationals
Saturday
  • Padres at Nationals
Sunday
  • Padres at Nationals

10.  HOUSTON

May 6-8 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 13-15 Friday
  • Mets at Astros
Saturday
  • Mets at Astros
Sunday
  • Mets at Astros
May 20-22 Friday
Saturday
  • Red Bulls at Dynamo
Sunday
May 27-29 Friday
  • Diamondbacks at Astros
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Astros
  • FC Dallas at Dynamo
Sunday
  • Diamondbacks at Astros

11.  DETROIT

May 6-8 Friday
  • Sharks at Red Wings (Game 4)
Saturday
Sunday
May 13-15 Friday
  • Royals at Tigers
Saturday
  • Royals at Tigers
Sunday
  • Royals at Tigers
May 20-22 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 27-29 Friday
  • Red Sox at Tigers
Saturday
  • Red Sox at Tigers
Sunday
  • Red Sox at Tigers

12.  PHOENIX

May 6-8 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 13-15 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 20-22 Friday
  • Twins at Diamondbacks
Saturday
  • Twins at Diamondbacks
Sunday
  • Twins at Diamondbacks
May 27-29 Friday
Saturday
Sunday

13.  TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG-ORLANDO

May 6-8 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 13-15 Friday
  • Orioles at Rays
Saturday
  • Orioles at Rays
Sunday
  • Orioles at Rays
May 20-22 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 27-29 Friday
  • Indians at Rays
Saturday
  • Indians at Rays
Sunday
  • Indians at Rays

14.  SEATTLE-VANCOUVER, BC

May 6-8 Friday
  • White Sox at Mariners
Saturday
  • White Sox at Mariners
  • Predators at Canucks (Game 5)
Sunday
  • White Sox at Mariners
May 13-15 Friday
Saturday
  • Timbers at Sounders
Sunday
May 20-22 Friday
Saturday
  • Sporting KC at Sounders
Sunday
May 27-29 Friday
  • Yankees at Mariners
Saturday
  • Yankees at Mariners
  • Red Bulls at Whitecaps
Sunday
  • Yankees at Mariners

15.  SEATTLE-PORTLAND, OR

May 6-8 Friday
  • White Sox at Mariners
  • Union at Timbers
Saturday
  • White Sox at Mariners
Sunday
  • White Sox at Mariners
May 13-15 Friday
Saturday
  • Timbers at Sounders
Sunday
May 20-22 Friday
Saturday
  • Sporting KC at Sounders
  • Crew at Timbers
Sunday
May 27-29 Friday
  • Yankees at Mariners
Saturday
  • Yankees at Mariners
Sunday
  • Yankees at Mariners
  • DC United at Timbers

16. MINNEAPOLIS

May 6-8 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 13-15 Friday
  • Blue Jays at Twins
Saturday
  • Blue Jays at Twins
Sunday
  • Blue Jays at Twins
May 20-22 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 27-29 Friday
  • Angels at Twins
Saturday
  • Angels at Twins
Sunday
  • Angels at Twins

17.  MIAMI

May 6-8 Friday
  • Nationals at Marlins
Saturday
  • Nationals at Marlins
Sunday
  • Nationals at Marlins
May 13-15 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 20-22 Friday
  • Rays at Marlins
Saturday
  • Rays at Marlins
Sunday
  • Rays at Marlins
May 27-29 Friday
Saturday
Sunday

18.  CLEVELAND-COLUMBUS

May 6-8 Friday
Saturday
  • Sounders at Crew
Sunday
May 13-15 Friday
  • Mariners at Indians
Saturday
  • Mariners at Indians
Sunday
  • Mariners at Indians
May 20-22 Friday
  • Reds at Indians
Saturday
  • Reds at Indians
Sunday
  • Reds at Indians
May 27-29 Friday
Saturday
  • Chivas USA at Crew
Sunday

19.  DENVER

May 6-8 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 13-15 Friday
  • Padres at Rockies
Saturday
  • Padres at Rockies
Sunday
  • Padres at Rockies
May 20-22 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Toronto FC at Rapids
May 27-29 Friday
  • Cardinals at Rockies
Saturday
  • Cardinals at Rockies
  • Sporting KC at Rapids
Sunday
  • Cardinals at Rockies

20.  ST. LOUIS

May 6-8 Friday
  • Brewers at Cardinals
Saturday
  • Brewers at Cardinals
Sunday
  • Brewers at Cardinals
May 13-15 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 20-22 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 27-29 Friday
Saturday
Sunday

21.  PITTSBURGH

May 6-8 Friday
  • Astros at Pirates
Saturday
  • Astros at Pirates
Sunday
  • Astros at Pirates
May 13-15 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 20-22 Friday
  • Tigers at Pirates
Saturday
Sunday
May 27-29 Friday
Saturday
Sunday

22.  KANSAS CITY

May 6-8 Friday
  • Athletics at Royals
Saturday
  • Athletics at Royals
Sunday
  • Athletics at Royals
May 13-15 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 20-22 Friday
  • Cardinals at Royals
Saturday
  • Cardinals at Royals
Sunday
  • Cardinals at Royals
May 27-29 Friday
Saturday
Sunday

23.  SALT LAKE CITY

May 6-8 Friday
Saturday
  • Chivas USA at Real Salt Lake
Sunday
May 13-15 Friday
Saturday
  • Dynamo at Real Salt Lake
Sunday
May 20-22 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 27-29 Friday
Saturday
  • Sounders at Real Salt Lake
Sunday

24.  CINCINNATI-LOUISVILLE

May 6-8 Friday
Saturday
  • Kentucky Derby
Sunday
May 13-15 Friday
  • Cardinals at Reds
Saturday
  • Cardinals at Reds
Sunday
  • Cardinals at Reds
May 20-22 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 27-29 Friday
Saturday
Sunday

25.  MILWAUKEE-GREEN BAY-MADISON

May 6-8 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
May 13-15 Friday
  • Pirates at Brewers
Saturday
  • Pirates at Brewers
Sunday
  • Pirates at Brewers
May 20-22 Friday
  • Rockies at Brewers
Saturday
  • Rockies at Brewers
Sunday
  • Rockies at Brewers
May 27-29 Friday
  • Giants at Brewers
Saturday
  • Giants at Brewers
Sunday
  • Giants at Brewers

26.  BUFFALO-TORONTO

May 6-8 Friday
  • Tigers at Blue Jays
Saturday
  • Tigers at Blue Jays
  • Dynamo at Toronto FC
Sunday
  • Tigers at Blue Jays
May 13-15 Friday
Saturday
  • Fire at Toronto FC
Sunday
May 20-22 Friday
  • Astros at Blue Jays
Saturday
  • Astros at Blue Jays
Sunday
  • Astros at Blue Jays
May 27-29 Friday
  • White Sox at Blue Jays
Saturday
  • White Sox at Blue Jays
  • Union at Toronto FC
Sunday
  • White Sox at Blue Jays

Top Sports Power Weekends: April 22-24

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011



The first round of the NBA and NHL playoffs is heating up, and it is creating some travel opportunities for sports fans, particularly in big cities that have teams in both sports in the playoffs. Add in MLB home weekends and the occasional MLS game, and it is hard to find a reason not to travel.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of April 22-24. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Sabres at Flyers (Game 5)
Saturday
Sunday
  • Heat at 76ers (Game 4)

Philly is the only city in the country that brings you an NBA and NHL playoff home game this weekend. The Flyers host the Sabres in a pivotal Game 5, and the 76ers look to make their way back into their series against the Heat. The Wells Fargo Center has an intense slate of games on their hands this weekend.

2. New York

Friday
  • Celtics at Knicks (Game 3)
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
Sunday
  • Celtics at Knicks (Game 4)
  • Diamondbacks at Mets

The Knicks have lost two heartbreaking games to the Celtics in Boston, but Madison Square Garden will be rocking on Friday night as Game 3 comes back to New York. Game 4 takes place on Sunday, and all the while the Mets are in town against the Diamondbacks as well.

Also see: New York City Guide

3. Washington/Baltimore

Friday
  • Yankees at Orioles
Saturday
  • Rangers at Capitals (Game 5)
  • Yankees at Orioles
Sunday
  • Yankees at Orioles

For New York sports fans, if you aren’t in New York, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore will be your weekend home away from home. The Yankees travel down to Camden Yards to face the Orioles for a weekend set, and the NY Rangers face a potentially make-or-break Game 5 at the Verizon Center in the nation’s capital. The Acela should be packed with New Yorkers making their way to the mid-Atlantic.

Also see: Washington/Baltimore City Guide

4. Anaheim/Los Angeles

Friday
  • Predators at Ducks (Game 5)
  • Red Sox at Angels
Saturday
  • Red Sox at Angels
  • Timbers at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Red Sox at Angels

Anaheim will be the site of a huge Game 5 between the Nashville Predators and the hometown Ducks, as well as an Angels home series against the Boston Red Sox. The Sox have always had the Angels’ number in the postseason, so there is some residual tension that should make for a good late-April series.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

5. Pittsburgh

Friday
  • Nationals at Pirates
Saturday
  • Lightning at Penguins (Game 5)
  • Nationals at Pirates
Sunday
  • Nationals at Pirates

Not only do the three rivers converge in Pittsburgh, but so do the NHL playoffs and MLB regular season. The Pirates and Nationals are hovering around .500 and look to get their head above water. Meanwhile, the Penguins and Lightning face off in a meaningful Game 5 on Saturday.

6. San Francisco

Friday
  • Braves at Giants
Saturday
  • Kings at Sharks (Game 5)
  • Braves at Giants
  • Chivas USA at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Braves at Giants

The defending World Series champs welcome the Atlanta Braves to AT&T Park for a three game set, but Saturday it is all about San Jose. The Sharks face the LA Kings in a Cali battle as Game 5 gets underway at the Shark Tank. Also on Saturday, the SJ Earthquakes will face Chivas USA in some MLS action. It is LA vs. the Bay on Saturday.

Also see: San Francisco City Guide

7. New Orleans

Friday
  • Lakers at Hornets (Game 3)
Saturday
Sunday
  • Lakers at Hornets (Game 4)

There is hardly a better weekend for a Lakers fans to make a visit to New Orleans than this one. Friday and Sunday will feature playoff matchups with the Hornets, who are looking to knock off the two-time defending champs. New Orleans Arena, just like the Superdome next door, can get rocking in support of New Orleans sports teams.

Also see: New Orleans City Guide

8. Atlanta

Friday
  • Magic at Hawks (Game 3)
Saturday
Sunday
  • Magic at Hawks (Game 4)

As mentioned, the Braves are out of town in San Francisco, so all of the city’s attention is on the Hawks. Having stolen home-court advantage from the Magic, the Hawks welcome Dwight Howard and Orlando to Philips Arena for Games 3 and 4.

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

9. Detroit

Friday
  • Coyotes at Red Wings (Game 5 – if necessary)
  • White Sox at Tigers
Saturday
  • White Sox at Tigers
Sunday
  • White Sox at Tigers

With the Red Wings leading the Coyotes 3-0 in their first round series, there may not be a need for a Game 5. If there is, Joe Louis and Comerica Park provide some weekend entertainment as the Wings and Tigers take over the Motor City.

10. Chicago

Friday
  • Dodgers at Cubs
Saturday
  • Dodgers at Cubs
  • Dynamo at Fire
Sunday
  • Canucks at Blackhawks (Game 6 – if necessary)
  • Dodgers at Cubs

Similar to the Detroit SPW, there may or may not be an NHL playoff game in Chicago this weekend. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks look to keep their series with top-seeded Vancouver alive. Also, the Dodgers are in town to face the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and the MLS Fire host the Dynamo. The Bulls are on the road in Indiana, but their presence will be felt in the Windy City this weekend.

Also see: Chicago 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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Facility Roundup: Pittsburgh

Monday, February 14th, 2011

NFL:

Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers)

Photo courtesy of AP Images

The Skinny: Though much of the Steelers’ storied franchise history took place in their former home at Three Rivers Stadium, Heinz Field has proven to be a worthy replacement for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since opening in 2001, the Steelers have dominated at home en route to two championship seasons in 2005 and 2008. The $281 million dollar stadium is a staple in the Pittsburgh community. Upon its opening in 2001, it featured the largest video board in the NFL, measuring 26 x 97 feet. Named after the H. J. Heinz Company, its “tipping of the ketchup bottles” is regarded as one of the top ten touchdown celebrations in the NFL. Both ESPN and Sports Illustrated have voted Heinz Field the NFL’s second best stadium by, trailing only top-ranked Lambeau Field. The stadium also hosted the 2011 NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2011 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

Year Opened:  2001

Capacity:  65,050 seats

Best Moment: January 23, 2011. The Steelers have won two Super Bowls in the past six seasons, but it was a 24-19 win over the New York Jets in the 2010 AFC Championship Game that was the Heinz Field high point. The win sent the Steelers to Super Bowl XLV, their eighth Super Bowl berth, tied for the NFL record.

MLB:

PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates)

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The Skinny: While Pirates fans may not have much to cheer about on the field, the field itself has been a tremendous success since opening in 2001. Located in downtown Pittsburgh, PNC Park is located right along the Allegheny River and offers spectacular views of the city of Pittsburgh. The stadium features a riverside concourse, a large out-of-town scoreboard and array of local eateries. PNC Park was constructed in a 24-month span, making it the quickest built stadium in history, at the time. Although its seating capacity is the second smallest in baseball, the park does post the third lowest average ticket prices in MLB. In 2006, PNC Park hosted the MLB All-Star Game, providing a major boost to the city of Pittsburgh and its surrounding businesses. The stadium has also hosted University of Pittsburgh baseball games as well as a slew of concerts including the Rolling Stones and the Dave Matthews Band.

Year Opened:  2001

Capacity:  38,362

Accolades:  Since opening, PNC Park has received a large amount of critical acclaim. Jim Caple of ESPN.com rated the ballpark as the number one stadium in Major League Baseball, calling it “perfect.” PNC Park has also been listed on a number of top ten stadium lists in MLB by many other baseball writers and publications. Its blend of old school and modern styles, as well as its fan-friendly amenities and comforts, makes it one of the most desirable locations to take in America’s pastime.

NHL:

Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

The Skinny: An upgrade on all fronts from its predecessor Mellon Arena (Civic Arena), Consol Energy Center offers state of the art designs from the successful company Populous, who are responsible for the two other Pittsburgh stadia, Heinz Field and PNC Park. Besides for the Penguins, Consol Energy Center will be host to 150 events annually, highlighted in the coming years by the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships in 2012 and the NCAA Hockey Frozen Four in 2013. The stadiums seating capacity of 18,087 honors Penguins All-Star Sydney Crosby, who wears number 87.

Year Opened:  Fall 2010

Capacity:  18,087

A Real LEEDer: The Consol Energy Center achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, the first NHL arena to reach that standard of sustainability.

College Football:

Milan Puskar Stadium (West Virginia Mountaineers)

The Skinny:  Milan Puskar Stadium, better known to its Mountaineers faithful as Mountaineer Field, was opened in 1980 replacing the old Mountaineer Field, and is located on the campus of WVU. It is the largest on-campus stadium in the Big East Conference. Since it was opened in 1980, the stadium has undergone several facelifts that added more seats and suites to better service the Mountaineer fan base as well as alumni and potential sponsors. With a stadium that is often filled beyond “capacity,” Milan Puskar Stadium offers an electric atmosphere for one of the Big East’s perennial football powerhouses.

Year Opened:  1980

Capacity:  60,000

Best Moment:  On the opening night of the stadium, September 6th, 1980, John Denver made a surprise appearance and sang his famous song “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” which has been played at every Mountaineer home game since 1972. In recent years a new tradition at the stadium is to sing the song every time the team gets a win.

Beaver Stadium (Penn State Nittany Lions)

Photo courtesy of GoPSUsports.com

The Skinny: Regarded as one of the toughest places for opposing teams to play in collegiate athletics, Beaver Stadium is the second largest stadium in the nation and has reached crowds of larger than 110,000 on a number of occasions. Named after former Pennsylvania Governor James A. Beaver, Beaver Stadium has transformed itself time and time again, adding seats and upgrading the stadium from its former structure. Led by the Head Coach Joe Paterno for the last 40+ years, Nittany Lion football at Beaver Stadium showcases some of the best traditions in college athletics that rivals that of any program in the nation.

Year Opened:  1960

Capacity:   107,282 Seats

Student Section Supremacy:  Beaver Stadium is often ranked at or near the top of the “Best Student Section” in the country lists, and for good reason. Their White Out games have resulted in tremendous home wins and upsets, and earned them the ranking of best “student section in the country” by ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

College Basketball:

Petersen Events Center (Pitt Panthers)

Photo courtesy of PittsburghPanthers.com

The Skinny:  Better known as “The Pete”, the Petersen Events center is a multi-purpose arena that is home to the University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s basketball teams. Since opening in 2002, through the 2009-10 seasons, the men’s basketball team has compiled a 122-11 home record. Among the amenities in the stadium are five courtside luxury suites (the only courtside suites in college basketball) as well as McCarl Panthers Hall of Champions, which pays tribute to the Panthers athletic achievements. In 2006, Sports Illustrated surveyed Big East players, which acknowledged that “the Pete” as the “toughest place to play” in the Big East Conference.

Year Opened:  2002

Capacity:  12, 508 Seats

Hail to the Chief: While the Petersen Events center has hosted many memorable basketball games including first and second round matchups from the NCAA Championships, perhaps the best moment in the stadium was on April 21, 2008 when presidential hopeful Barack Obama hosted a campaign rally from “the Pete”. The visit from the now President of the United States was a thrill for the stadium and university and all attendees at “the Pete” on that day.

WVU Coliseum (West Virginia Mountaineers)

The Skinny:  The WVU Coliseum houses the Mountaineers men’s and women’s basketball teams and serves many purposes for the athletic department of WVU. The stadium pays tribute to the most well-known and celebrated alum of the men’s basketball program, Jerry West. His “44” jersey hangs from the rafters, and the arena features the Jerry West Mountaineer Room and a bronze statue of West that sits outside the stadium. In 2008, the stadium received upgrades, which included an NBA style scoreboard and new lighting and public address systems.

Year Opened:  1970

Capacity:  14,000 Seats

Best Moment:  Following an undefeated regular season in the 1981-82 campaign, the Mountaineers hosted the #1 Ranked UNLV Runnin Rebels on February 27, 1983. In what is considered the greatest win in Mountaineer history, they defeated the top ranked team 87-78 at the WVU Coliseum while posting their second largest attendance on record at 15,638.

Bryce Jordan Center (Penn State Nittany Lions)

The Skinny: Located across the street from the renowned Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus, the Bryce Jordan Center is home to the Penn State men’s and women’s basketball teams. The $55 million dollar building offers a great fan experience as well as serving many purposes not only for the University’s athletic department, but other university departments as well. Its bi-level design offers great views of the floor and there is not a bad seat in the house. The Bryce Jordan Center has proven to be one of the best sports and entertainment venues in the central Pennsylvania area, hosting not only NCAA Division I basketball and other sports, but also some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

Year Opened:  1996

Capacity:   16,000 Seats

Battle Tested: With Penn State’s NCAA Tournament hopes hanging in the balance and a roaring crowd of more than 13,000 on its feet, Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Talor Battle drove to the basket and flipped a shot high off the glass that bounced tantalizingly on the rim before falling through with 0.3 seconds to play to give Penn State a huge, 64-63, victory over #23 ranked Illinois on March 4, 2009 in the Bryce Jordan Center. While the Nittany Lions didn’t make the NCAA Tournament, they did go on to win the NIT Championship.