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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 12-14

Monday, August 8th, 2011



We’re getting closer and closer to the NFL and college football, but in the meantime there is some great baseball being played carrying us through the summer. Additionally, tune-ups for the US Open are in full swing and weekly golf tournaments carry their own excitement.

I present to you the best Sports Power Weekends of August 12-14. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Atlanta

Friday
  • Cubs at Braves
  • PGA Championship (Johns Creek, GA)
Saturday
  • Cubs at Braves
  • PGA Championship (Johns Creek, GA)
Sunday
  • Cubs at Braves
  • PGA Championship (Johns Creek, GA)

The Cubs travel to Atlanta to take on the NL Wild Card-leading Braves at Turner Field. In nearby Johns Creek, about 40 minutes from Atlanta, the best golfers in the world will also travel to the area for the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Can Tiger Woods notch his first win in nearly two years?

2. Toronto

Friday
  • Angels at Blue Jays
  • Rogers Cup (Tennis)
Saturday
  • Angels at Blue Jays
  • Rogers Cup (Tennis)
Sunday
  • Angels at Blue Jays
  • Rogers Cup (Tennis)

Toronto not only hosts an important MLB series between the hometown Blue Jays and the visiting Los Angeles Angels, who are one game back in the AL West, but it also hosts the Rogers Cup at York University. The Rogers Cup features the best women in tennis, including Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters, Li Na, and Serena Williams, concluding Sunday with the singles finals.

3. Springfield, Massachusetts

Friday
  • Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend
Saturday
  • Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend
Sunday

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will host its annual induction ceremony this weekend with festivities beginning on Thursday night with the Hall of Famer family reunion dinner. Friday begins with the Enshrinement Golf Classic and continues with the Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday night when Chris Mullin, Dennis Rodman, Artis Gilmore and others will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame.

4. New York

Friday
  • Rays at Yankees
Saturday
  • Rays at Yankees
  • Fire at Red Bulls
Sunday
  • Rays at Yankees

The Rays were briefly threatening the Yankees and Red Sox atop the AL East, but have since fallen back into third place. They will make their run starting this weekend as they visit the Yankees, the current Wild Card leaders. Saturday the Red Bulls will host the Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, rounding out this Big Apple SPW.

Also see: New York City Guide

5. Seattle

Friday
  • Red Sox at Mariners
Saturday
  • Red Sox at Mariners
  • Chivas USA at Sounders
Sunday
  • Red Sox at Mariners

The aforementioned Red Sox travel to Seattle to take on the last place Mariners. At least Safeco Field is still among the best places to watch a baseball game anywhere in the country! Saturday Seattle’s other incredible facility will be on display as the Sounders host Chivas USA at CenturyLink Field.

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 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

Sports Power Weekend Destination: Seattle, April 8-10

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011


April 8-10 Friday
  • Indians at Mariners
Saturday
  • Indians at Mariners
  • Fire at Sounders
Sunday
  • Indians at Mariners

Emerald City: The Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

Perhaps east coast bias is the reason Seattle often goes without mention when top cities in the country are being rattled off. There really is no other explanation. For the outdoorsy, the Puget Sound and Lake Washington offer ample opportunities for recreation, and Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helen’s are accessible for the adventurers. Seattle is still a music hub; it is much more than the grunge rock birthplace in the 90s. And in terms of the Sports Power Weekend warrior, their sports teams are not to be dismissed.

Throughout the spring and summer it is all about the Mariners and Sounders. In the fall and winter the Washington Huskies football and basketball teams are worthy of some attention as well. Unfortunately, after the bitter departure of the Sonics from Seattle the NBA left a void in the city’s pro team roster; Portland and Vancouver, each three hours away, provide the closest NBA and NHL teams, respectively. But who needs them? Seattle is making the most of what it has got.

Friday

  • Red Mill Burgers
  • Safeco Field
  • Bars

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The best, cheapest way to get from the airport to downtown is via the new Link Light Rail, only costing $2.50 one way. Downtown Seattle offers ample attractions and sports and entertainment venues, including Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners host their home opener against the Cleveland Indians at the 12-year old ballpark that provides sweeping views of the downtown skyline and fantastic sunsets over the Puget Sound. The park itself isn’t too bad either, featuring a retractable roof that acts as an umbrella for fans protecting them from the elements, and when it needs to be closed it only takes 10 minutes and is virtually silent.

Ballparks generally have a stigma of being a place you would want to eat at only if you were interested in hot dog and beer. Though the modern ballparks should have erased that stigma, if you still maintain it you can check out Red Mill Burgers up near the University of Washington campus before the game. It has been voted the best burger in Seattle 10 years in a row by Seattle Weekly, and GQ called it one of the 20 burgers you must eat before you die. Safeco offers some incredible food options but we’ll save those for the Sunday afternoon game since Red Mill is such a must-eat place.

After the game you can check out some of the local bars and get a taste of the music scene in town. Places like Triple Door are good for hearing some live music, and there is no shortage of bars along the waterfront above Qwest Field, adjacent to Safeco.

Saturday

  • Beth’s Café
  • University of Washington
  • Qwest Field
  • Pike Place Market
  • Space Needle
  • Crab Pot

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After a night at the ballpark and the bars, there is no better way to start your Saturday than a hearty breakfast and a huge omelette at Beth’s Café. Seattle Weekly called Beth’s the “best place to cure a hangover,” but more than that they make some great breakfast food. It has been featured on Food Network and Travel Channel, and was named a Top 10 breakfast spot in the country by Epicurious.com. Needless to say, this is a place you want to be spending your Saturday morning. Beth’s resides alongside Green Lake, so give it a look on your way to the campus of UW to walk around.

The weather is nice and energy is up as students sense the end of the school year. Check out the scene and enjoy the environment. You can even make a stop at Husky Stadium, the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest. Husky Stadium is the site of the loudest recorded game in college football history; ESPN measured the noise of a 1992 game against Nebraska at 130 decibels. Husky Stadium is also unique in that it resides along Union Bay, making it one of the few college stadiums accessible by boat. Thousands of fans are in boats on Lake Washington prior to the game, and it is not uncommon to see members of the Husky crew team shuttling fans from their boat to the docks for the game.

As we approach game time, head to Qwest Field; no, we aren’t seeing the Seahawks in action, the Seattle Sounders are taking the pitch against the Chicago Fire. Qwest Field is known to be the loudest stadium in the NFL for Seahawks games, and the fans are just as rabid for the Sounders. An MLS-record 36,433 fans were on hand for the Sounders’ 2011 season opening game, and they are sure to be ready for another match this weekend. The stadium is no stranger to big-time events having hosted the NFC Championship Game and the MLS Cup; it is certainly a stadium any football or soccer fan in the country has to see, so it is a perfect stop on this SPW.

From the game head to nearby Pike Place Market, one of Washington state’s most frequented destinations, home to the original Starbucks, and often called the “soul of Seattle.” A major attraction of the Market, which has been open since 1907, is the Pike Place Fish Market, where employees famously throw three-foot salmon and other fish to one another instead of passing it by hand when a customer orders it at the counter. Additionally, street performers are abundant in what is one of the nation’s oldest continually operation public farmers’ markets.

Courtesy of Flickr.com

From one Seattle institution to another, head north a few blocks in downtown to the Space Needle. One of the major landmarks in the Pacific Northwest, the Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and features and observation deck at 520 feet. It is part of the Seattle Center, which features a number of venues ranging from science-related, to cultural, to sports, such as KeyArena, former home of the Seattle Sonics.

For dinner, head back towards the waterfront area to Miners Landing on Pier 57 to check out the Crab Pot. People head here for their specialty, “The Seafeast,” a huge mix of crab, clams, mussels, shrimp in the shell, salmon, halibut, oysters, potatoes, corn on the cob and andouille sausage steamed with mouth watering spices poured right on your table. Don’t be shy; dig right in and get after it. It gets a little messy, but that is all part of the fun. Explore the area a bit after dinner and check out some of the local bars and live music venues.

Sunday

  • Voula’s Offshore
  • Pioneer Square
  • Safeco Field
  • Museum of Flight

Today is back to the ballpark for a 1:10 Sunday afternoon first pitch at Safeco Field as the Mariners close out their home opening series with the Indians. Prior to the game get some breakfast at Voula’s Offshore, a Greek joint that offers a power breakfast on the shores of Lake Union, near UW. Then make your way down near Safeco for a pregame stop at Pioneer Square, the city’s first neighborhood, now listed on the National Register for Historic Places. There are a variety of shops and art galleries, as well as tourist attractions and restaurants and cafés.

Checking out Safeco for a second time will give you an opportunity to take advantage of some of the perks of the park. Not only does the park have great food – it was nominated by the Food Network for having the “Best Ballpark Eats in America” and ranked by an ESPN poll as having the “Best Signature Ballpark Food” (Ivar’s Salmon and Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs) – but you can order it directly do your seat using your cell phone or Nintendo DS. Safeco is also rolling out Locavore Crepes, a new dish for the 2011 season. This is certainly not your grandfather’s ballpark food.

When you make your way towards the airport for your trip home, make sure to leave time on the front end to check out the Museum of Flight, located at the sound end of the airport and one of the largest air and space museums in the world. It has a comprehensive air and space collection and flight simulators and activities for kids. You’ll have a newfound appreciation for air travel on your way home, as well as a newfound appreciation for the Pacific Northwest after your Seattle Sports Power Weekend.

Top Sports Power Weekends: April 8-10

Monday, April 4th, 2011



Major League Baseball enters its second weekend with plenty more home openers, and the NHL concludes its regular season. With college basketball behind us, college hockey championships take the ice this weekend, and the NBA nears its regular season end. There is plenty on the line in sports this weekend, and plenty of great Sports Power Weekend options born out of that.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of April 8-10. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Atlanta

Friday
  • The Masters
  • Phillies at Braves
  • Hurricanes at Thrashers
Saturday
  • The Masters
  • Phillies at Braves
Sunday
  • The Masters
  • Phillies at Braves
  • Penguins at Thrashers

Only the British Open can rival the tradition and prestige of The Masters in the world of professional golf. Augusta is the place to be on Sunday in particular, but the Atlanta area also offers the Braves at home against the NL favorite Philadelphia Phillies, and the Thrashers concluding the regular season at home this weekend.

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

2. Boston

Friday
  • Yankees at Red Sox
  • Wizards at Celtics
Saturday
  • Yankees at Red Sox
  • Senators at Bruins
  • Real Salt Lake at Revolution
Sunday
  • Yankees at Red Sox

The top rivalry in all of baseball, and maybe all of sports, is renewed once again as the 2011 chapter gets started at Fenway Park for the Red Sox home opening weekend. The Celtics welcome the Wizards on Friday night, after the Red Sox game has concluded, fighting for position atop the Eastern Conference. In addition, Saturday the Bruins and MLS Revolution host home games.

3. Minneapolis

Thursday
  • Frozen Four
Friday
  • A’s at Twins
Saturday
  • NCAA Hockey Finals
  • A’s at Twins
Sunday
  • A’s at Twins
  • Stars at Wild

With the NFL labor dispute heading to the courts in Minneapolis starting Wednesday, the Twin Cities will be getting their fair share of publicity. NFL media members (and visiting fans) may be interested in the variety of sporting events being held here this weekend, from the Twins 2011 home opening series to the NCAA Frozen Four. Much of the sports world will have its eyes on Minneapolis this week and weekend.

Also see: As NFL Labor Dispute Heads to Court, Focus Turns to Minneapolis

4. Los Angeles-San Diego

Friday
  • Blue Jays at Angels
  • Dodgers at Padres
  • Kings at Ducks
Saturday
  • Blue Jays at Angels
  • Dodgers at Padres
  • Ducks at Kings
  • Crew at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • Blue Jays at Angels
  • Dodgers at Padres

The two-hour stretch between Los Angeles and San Diego will be littered with sporting events this weekend as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the San Diego Padres host home series, and the Kings and Ducks conclude their regular seasons with a home-and-home series. Also, on Saturday Chivas USA will face the Columbus Crew in MLS action. Even with the Lakers and Clippers out of town, LA is bringing the heat.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

5. New York

Friday
  • Nationals at Mets
  • Knicks at Nets
  • Penguins at Islanders
Saturday
  • Nationals at Mets
  • Devils at Rangers
Sunday
  • Nationals at Mets
  • Bruins at Devils

The New York Mets begin their third season at beautiful Citi Field with their home opening weekend against the Washington Nationals. The NHL regular season comes to a close with Rangers and Devils home games, and the Knicks and Nets get to duke it out one more time this season as the NBA nears its regular season conclusion.

Also see: New York City Guide

6. San Francisco

Friday
  • Cardinals at Giants
Saturday
  • Cardinals at Giants
  • Coyotes at Sharks
  • Toronto FC at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Cardinals at Giants
  • Kings at Warriors

The defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants return to AT&T Park for the first time in 2011 and will have a slew of proceedings such as the World Series ring ceremony and banner unfurling during their home opening weekend against the Cardinals. Additionally, the Sharks conclude their regular season against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Earthquakes take the pitch, and the not-for-long Sacramento Kings face their neighbors in Golden State.

Also see: San Francisco City Guide

7. Houston

Friday
  • Marlins at Astros
Saturday
  • Marlins at Astros
  • Clippers at Rockets
Sunday
  • Marlins at Astros
  • Whitecaps at Dynamo

There is no post-Final Four hangover in Houston. The Astros host their first series at Minute Maid Park in 2011, the Rockets fight for a playoff spot against Blake Griffin and the Clippers on Saturday, and the Houston Dynamo take the field against MLS’ new Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday.

Also see: Houston City Guide

8. Washington, D.C.-Baltimore

Friday
  • Rangers at Orioles
Saturday
  • Rangers at Orioles
  • Hawks at Wizards
  • Galaxy at DC United
Sunday
  • Rangers at Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles and their fans will enjoy some of the most extensive renovations to Camden Yards since its opening in 1992 over the weekend against Texas, the defending AL champs. On Saturday, John Wall and the Wiz host the Hawks, and the LA Galaxy visit DC United in MLS action.

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

9. Milwaukee

Friday
  • Cubs at Brewers
Saturday
  • Cubs at Brewers
  • Cavs at Bucks
Sunday
  • Cubs at Brewers

The Brew Crew find themselves as somewhat unlikely favorites in the NL Central, and will face their foe the Chicago Cubs on the season’s second weekend. Saturday will feature Milwaukee’s best as both the Brewers and Bucks are in action.

10. Seattle

Friday
  • Indians at Mariners
Saturday
  • Indians at Mariners
  • Fire at Sounders
Sunday
  • Indians at Mariners

The jewel of the Pacific Northwest takes the last spot on this week’s Top 10 with the Mariners hosting the Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Sounders taking the pitch at Qwest Field against the Chicago Fire. The Sounders provide the best home atmosphere in the MLS, and Safeco Field is near the top of the MLB stadiums and ballparks, so this is a weekend you won’t want to miss in Seattle.