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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: August 5-7

Monday, August 1st, 2011



With August upon us you can practically smell college football and NFL in the air. We’ll have to wait several more weeks for real games, though NFL preseason starts in less than two weeks. For now, baseball, soccer, and tennis overlap to create some spectacular SPW options.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of August 5-7. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Dallas

Friday
  • Indians at Rangers
  • Barcelona open practice (Pizza Hut Park)
Saturday
  • Barcelona vs. Club America (Cowboys Stadium)
  • Indians at Rangers
Sunday
  • Indians at Rangers

The Cleveland Indians and their new top pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez will travel to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers for the weekend, but the real festivities will take place adjacent to The Ballpark, at Cowboys Stadium. FC Barcelona will face the Mexican team Club America on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium. Barca will hold an open training session at Pizza Hut Park on Friday night, and will also be making an appearance at the Nike store in Dallas, as well as other training sessions at SMU.

Also see: Dallas City Guide

2. Los Angeles-San Diego

Friday
  • Mariners at Angels
  • Mercury Insurance Open (Tennis) in San Diego
Saturday
  • Mariners at Angels
  • Mercury Insurance Open (Tennis) in San Diego
  • FC Dallas at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Mariners at Angels
  • Mercury Insurance Open (Tennis) in San Diego

The US Open Series continues as we are now within one month of the US Open in Flushing, NY. The Mercury Insurance Open will feature some of the top women including Kim Clijsters and Ana Ivanovic in San Diego. Meanwhile in Anaheim, the resurgent Angels face their AL West foes from Seattle. In Carson, the Galaxy host FC Dallas in a matchup of the top two Western Conference MLS teams.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

3. Washington, D.C.-Baltimore

Friday
  • Blue Jays at Orioles
  • Legg Mason Classic (Tennis) in Washington, D.C.
Saturday
  • Blue Jays at Orioles
  • Legg Mason Classic (Tennis) in Washington, D.C.
  • Toronto FC at DC United
Sunday
  • Blue Jays at Orioles
  • Legg Mason Classic (Tennis) in Washington, D.C.

The Legg Mason Tennis Classic will feature some of the top men’s players in the world, including Americans James Blake, Mardy Fish and Jon Isner, as well as Gael Monfils, Nikolay Davydenko and defending champion David Nalbandian. Meanwhile, in nearby Baltimore, the O’s host AL East counterpart Toronto in a weekend series. Toronto fans will also be able to catch their MLS team in action against DC United on Saturday.

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

4. Canton, Ohio

Friday
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
  • Bridgestone Invitational (PGA) in Akron
Saturday
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
  • Bridgestone Invitational (PGA) in Akron
Sunday
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
  • Bridgestone Invitational (PGA) in Akron

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game was cancelled due to the labor uncertainty that has now been settled, but the induction weekend carries on nonetheless. More than 75 living Hall of Famers will descend on the cradle of football for the Induction Ceremony as well as the Enshrinees Dinner. Check out the full schedule of festivities here: http://www.profootballhof.com/enshrinement/festivalschedule.aspx.

5. Bay Area

Friday
  • Phillies at Giants
Saturday
  • Phillies at Giants
  • Timbers at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Phillies at Giants

Both the Phillies and the Giants, the two teams that faced off in the NLDS last postseason, added big bats to their lineup for the stretch run and postseason. The Giants added Phillies foe Carlos Beltran, formerly of the Mets, and the Phillies added former Astros outfielder Hunter Pence. This should make for a tense weekend series at AT&T Park.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: July 29-31

Monday, July 25th, 2011



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

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

1. Washington, D.C.

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

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

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

2. Los Angeles

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

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

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

3. Bay Area

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

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

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

4. Philadelphia

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

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

5. St. Louis

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

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

Top Sports Power Weekends: July 15-17

Monday, July 11th, 2011



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

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

1. New York

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

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

Also see: New York City Guide

2. Los Angeles-San Diego

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

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

Also see: Los Angeles-San Diego City Guide

3. San Francisco-Oakland

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

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

Also see: San Francisco-Oakland City Guide

4. Chicago

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

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

Also see: Chicago City Guide

5. Seattle

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

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

Top Sports Power Weekends By City: July and August

Friday, July 1st, 2011

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

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

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Top Sports Power Weekends: 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: 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: 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