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Rally with a Tennis Legend!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

 

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

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

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

Player Clinic Experience

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

Price: $1,500

Player Backstage Experience

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

Price: $750

Player Q&A with Hospitality Experience

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

Price: $250

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

Purchase Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For additional information, contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com.

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

 

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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SPW on SEC Today

Friday, September 2nd, 2011



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sports Power Weekends Options for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Friday, June 3rd, 2011


The CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial regional championship for national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean, has set its groups and matches for the 2011 tournament. The Gold Cup Final will be held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, with the winner advancing to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

A number of the cities hosting Gold Cup matches also have Major League Baseball games taking place over the same weekend, opening up the possibility of some strong Sports Power Weekends. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

  • June 17-19

Quarterfinals at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Group A runner-up vs. Group B runner-up
Group A winner vs. Group B/C third-place

New York Friday
  • Los Angeles Angels at New York Mets
Saturday
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Los Angeles Angels at New York Mets
Sunday
  • Los Angeles Angels at New York Mets

The first two games of the Gold Cup quarterfinals take place on Saturday at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Bracketing that soccer doubleheader is some interleague action at Citi Field as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim cross the country to pay a visit to the New York Mets.

Also see: New York City Guide

Quarterfinals at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Group B winner vs. Group C runner-up
Group C winner vs. Group A/B third place

Washington, D.C. Friday
  • Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals
Saturday
  • Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals
Sunday
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals

This interleague battle will hit close to home as the Baltimore Orioles take on the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. On Sunday at RFK Stadium, the finals two legs of the Gold Cup quarterfinals will be played, leading into Wednesday’s semifinal at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

  • June 24-26

Final at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Semifinal winners, 9 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Friday
  • Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres
Saturday
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres
Sunday
  • Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres

The site of the 1994 World Cup Final is center stage again as the Gold Cup Finals will be played with the winner clinching a spot at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. The United States will try to avenge a loss to Mexico in the finals in 2009 in East Rutherford. Also this weekend, the Dodgers will host the cross-town Angels in an interleague battle and two hours south the San Diego Padres will play three with the Atlanta Braves at PETCO Park.

Also see: Los Angeles 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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Top Sports Power Weekends: March 17-20

Thursday, March 17th, 2011



The NCAA Tournament is finally here! Not only do eight cities get the enviable task of hosting first weekend March Madness action, but in many cases those cities also have games in other sports on the docket as well. The NBA and NHL are in their final month, Spring Training is in its final weeks, and now the MLS is underway. This feels like the first weekend of the spring, and it brings a smile to my face.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of March 17-20. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1.     Tucson

Thursday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   Temple vs. Penn State (2:10 PM)

o   SDSU vs. Northern Colorado

o   Wisconsin vs. Belmont (7:27 PM)

o   Kansas St. vs. Utah St.

  • Spring Training
Friday
  • Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Chicago Blackhawks at Phoenix Coyotes
  • Spring Training

Tucson, home of the Arizona Wildcats, is a two-hour ride to the Phoenix area where Cactus League baseball action is taking place, but with Friday and Sunday free this weekend offers a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. NCAA Tournament games on Thursday and Saturday and Spring Training on Friday or Sunday; what could be better?

2.     Washington, D.C.

Thursday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   Butler vs. Old Dominion (12:40 PM)

o   Pittsburgh vs. UNC Asheville

o   UConn vs. Bucknell (7:20 PM)

o   Cincinnati vs. Missouri

Friday
Saturday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32
  • Columbus Crew at DC United
Sunday
  • New Jersey Nets at Washington Wizards

The Verizon Center will show off its stuff this weekend with Thursday and Saturday NCAA Tournament action and a Washington Wizards game on Saturday. The first pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, no stranger to NCAA Tournament action, will be on display as the New Jersey Nets come to town to face John Wall’s Wizards squad.

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

3.     Tampa

Thursday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   West Virginia vs. Clemson (12:15 PM)

o   Kentucky vs. Princeton

o   Florida vs. UC-Santa Barbara (6:50 PM)

o   UCLA vs. Michigan State

  • Spring Training
  • PGA Transitions Championship
Friday
  • Denver Nuggets at Orlando Magic
  • Spring Training
  • PGA Transitions Championship
Saturday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32
  • Spring Training
  • PGA Transitions Championship
Sunday
  • Spring Training
  • PGA Transitions Championship

This weekend is similar to the Tucson weekend in that off days can be spent attending Spring Training, in this case Grapefruit League. It differs in that the New York Yankees are only 15 minutes from the St. Pete Times Forum, and driving to Orlando for the Magic game would take about and hour and a half. Additionally, the Transitions Championship is being held in Palm Harbor, just outside of Tampa. NCAA Tournament, Spring Training and the final round of a PGA event might be the best offering of the weekend.

4.     Los Angeles

Friday
  • Timberwolves at Lakers
Saturday
  • Cavs at Clippers
  • Ducks at Kings
  • Sporting KC at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • Trail Blazers at Lakers
  • Suns at Clippers
  • Revolution at Galaxy

The Lakers and the Blakers are both home twice – including a Staples Center doubleheader on Sunday – and the MLS Galaxy and Chivas USA have first weekend home dates as well. As we approach spring this becomes one of the remaining weekends where we can all appreciate the LA weather.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

5.     Denver

Thursday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   Louisville vs. Morehead St (1:40 PM)

o   Vanderbilt vs. Richmond

o   BYU vs. Wofford (7:15 PM)

o   St. John’s vs. Gonzaga

Friday
  • Portland Timbers at Colorado Rapids
Saturday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32
Sunday

Denver is the last of the Thursday & Saturday sites, offering some action in the Pepsi Center. Friday features an MLS debut, as the Portland Timbers play their first-ever game against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in nearby Commerce City.

6.     Chicago

Friday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   Notre Dame vs. Akron (1:40 PM)

o   Texas A&M vs. Florida St.

o   Purdue vs. St. Peter’s (7:20 PM)

o   Georgetown vs. VCU

Saturday
Sunday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32


There may not be any sporting events in Chicago aside from the Tournament at the United Center, but it is Chicago. There is no shortage of things to do here. Even without additional games this is one of the best sites in the first two rounds.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

7.     Cleveland

Friday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   George Mason vs. Villanova (2:10 PM)

o   Ohio St. vs. UTSA/Alabama St. winner

o   Xavier vs. Marquette (7:27 PM)

o   Syracuse vs. Indiana St.

Saturday
Sunday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32
  • New Jersey Nets at Columbus Blue Jackets

A week after the MAC Tournament, Quicken Loans Arena is read once again for its close-up. Sunday features a Blue Jackets game in Columbus, two and a half hours from Cleveland, so staying in town and enjoying the games is probably your best bet.

8.     Charlotte

Friday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   Michigan vs. Tennessee (12:40 PM)

o   Duke vs. Hampton

o   North Carolina vs. Long Island (7:15 PM)

o   Washington vs. Georgia

  • New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes
Saturday
Sunday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32

Similar to Cleveland, the hockey game is probably too far away to make it worth your while, but staying in Charlotte is no consolation prize. While in town check out the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Saturday on the Tournament off day.

9.     Tulsa

Friday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 64

o   Texas vs. Oakland (12:15 PM)

o   Arizona vs. Memphis

o   Kansas vs. BU (6:50 PM)

o   UNLV vs. Illinois

  • Charlotte Bobcats at Oklahoma City Thunder
Saturday
Sunday
  • NCAA Tournament Round of 32
  • Toronto Raptors at Oklahoma City Thunder

Tulsa is situated an hour and 45 minutes northeast of Oklahoma City, so it is feasible to check out the state capital and the state’s most influential person. No, not the governor; I’m taking about Kevin Durant. Check out the Thunder if possible to see one of the game’s brightest stars in person.

10. Vancouver

Friday
  • Coyotes at Canucks
Saturday
  • Toronto FC at Whitecaps
Sunday

The Vancouver Whitecaps play their first-ever MLS game as they host Toronto FC at Empire Field. With Portland entering the MLS and the Seattle Sounders already one of the most successful teams from a fan perspective, the Pacific Northwest rivalry will be very heated an intense between those three teams. Fans will get their first glimpse on Saturday following a Canucks home game against Phoenix on Friday.

March Madness the perfect opportunity for a Sports Power Weekend

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011



What is so great about the NCAA Tournament – besides everything – is that with the games slated for particular times on either Thursday and Saturday, or Friday and Sunday, fans can plan their weekends and budget their time accordingly. Also great is the one-day gap in games that allows the fan to explore the city they are in, and even see another sporting event or two if time permits.

For this reason, the NCAA Tournament (with the conference tournaments bundled in) is the greatest event on the calendar for a Sports Power Weekend. Check out the tournament sites below with the dates of the NCAA Tournament games being played, as well as any other sporting event that can be attended on the same weekend.

To customize a Sports Power Weekends package to any of these sites, contact info@SPWtravel.com for pricing and options.

April 2-4 (Final Four and National Title Game)

Houston Friday
  • San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets
  • Reese’s College All-Star Game
  • PGA Shell Houston Open
Saturday
  • Final Four
  • PGA Shell Houston Open
Sunday
  • Atlanta Hawks at Houston Rockets
  • PGA Shell Houston Open
Monday
  • National Title Game

Houston officials and schedule-makers did a great job bringing in the Shell Houston Open this weekend, as well as having two Rockets games in between the Final Four and Title Game at Reliant Stadium. This is a Sports Power Weekend option that not only offers a tent-pole event in the Final Four, but also a fun spectator event like a PGA Tournament, and two NBA games for the basketball nuts.

Top Sports Power Weekends: March 11-13

Monday, March 7th, 2011



March Madness is officially upon us as conference tournaments get underway this week. They come to a head this weekend with automatic bids and Big Dance dreams on the line. Throw in some Spring Training in beautiful Phoenix and central Florida, as well as NBA and NHL action, and the Sports Power Weekends are plentiful in mid-March.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of March 11-13. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. New York City

Friday
  • Big East Tournament semifinals
  • Los Angeles Clippers at New Jersey Nets
Saturday
  • Big East Tournament finals
  • New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils
Sunday
  • Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks

There are nearly one dozen teams in the Big East alone fighting for a spot or positioning in the NCAA Tournament. With such a high level of competition, the Big East Tournament in Madison Square Garden is the best place to be during conference tournament weekend. Throw in a Knicks game on Sunday featuring their new star Carmelo Anthony, and this is a great Sports Power Weekend option in mid-March.

Also see: New York City Guide

2. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Pac-10 Tournament semifinals
Saturday
  • Pac-10 Tournament finals
Sunday
  • Phoenix Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks

The Pac-10 Tournament returns to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, giving the UCLA and USC fans a bit of a home court edge. Don’t tell that to Arizona and Washington, however. They aim to take the conference crown and ride the momentum into the Big Dance.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

3. Atlanta

Friday
  • SEC Tournament quarterfinals
  • New Jersey Devils at Atlanta Thrashers
Saturday
  • SEC Tournament semifinals
  • Portland Trail Blazers at Atlanta Hawks
Sunday
  • SEC Tournament finals

The SEC Tournament at the Georgia Dome coincides with Thrashers and Hawks games at Philips Arena in the Georgia World Congress Center over the weekend. Those are some nice options for the Florida and Kentucky fans, among others, who may be making the trip to Atlanta.

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

4. Greensboro, NC

Friday
  • ACC Tournament quarterfinals
  • Portland Trail Blazers at Charlotte Bobcats
Saturday
  • ACC Tournament semifinals
  • Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes
Sunday
  • ACC Tournament finals

Greensboro is about an hour and a half from both Charlotte and Raleigh, making it possible to check out the Bobcats or Hurricanes games taking place on Friday and Saturday. No worries if you don’t make that day trip, though. The ACC Tournament provides enough excitement as it is, especially with the Duke and UNC crowds coming out in force.

5. Indianapolis

Friday
  • Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals
Saturday
  • Big Ten Tournament semifinals
Sunday
  • Big Ten Tournament finals

Contrary to much of the outside general opinion about Indianapolis, this town knows how to put on events. With indoor walkways connecting many of the hotels to the mall and convention center, visitors rarely have to brave the cold to get where they are going. Downtown not only features Lucas Oil Stadium, but also Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers and the Big Ten Tournament. The Big Ten is deep and has been cited as the best conference in the country by a number of analysts, so this weekend has a chance to be special.

6. Kansas City

Friday
  • Big XII Tournament semifinals
Saturday
  • Big XII Tournament finals
Sunday

The Sprint Center may lack an anchor tenant, but that is not reflective of the world-class facility that this is. Kansas City will host its 10th Big XII Tournament, more than any other city, and their event staff will be auditioning for a potential NBA team in the coming years. Be sure to check out the College Basketball Hall of Fame and some of their great BBQ joints while in town.

7. Phoenix

Friday
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Magic at Suns
  • Spring Training

While the top college basketball conference tournaments dominated the first six spots on the list, a familiar entry makes it way in at number seven. Cactus League action in the Phoenix area is a great way to whet your appetite for Opening Day, and Sunday brings a change in gears as the Orlando Magic head west to play the Suns at the US Airways Center.

8. Tampa Bay

Friday
  • Senators at Lightning
  • Spring Training
Saturday
  • Spring Training
Sunday
  • Spring Training

The St. Pete Times Forum will be the place to be on Friday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning push for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Additionally, Grapefruit League action in Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater make for a relaxing and fun rest of the weekend.

9. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • Hurricanes at Capitals
Saturday
  • Clippers at Wizards
Sunday
  • Blackhawks at Capitals

The Verizon Center will get plenty of play this weekend with two Capitals games bracketing a Wizards game on Saturday. You will get a chance to see some of the brightest stars in sports as Alex Ovechkin takes the ice twice for Caps, and rookie phenoms John Wall and Blake Griffin hit the hardwood as the Los Angeles Clippers visit the Wizards.

10. Las Vegas

Friday
  • Mountain West Tournament semifinals
  • WAC Tournament semifinals
Saturday
  • Mountain West Tournament finals
  • WAC Tournament finals
Sunday

The MWC and WAC both hold their conference tournaments in Las Vegas, in the Thomas & Mack Center and Orleans Arena, respectively. I would suspect that fans heading to these tournaments are doing so more for the location than the basketball itself, but to each his own. Enjoy the festivities.

Top Sports Power Weekends: March 4-6

Monday, February 28th, 2011



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

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

1. New York

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


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

Also see: New York City Guide

2. Los Angeles

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


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

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

3. Atlanta

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


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

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

4. San Antonio

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


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

5. Tampa Bay-Orlando

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


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

6. Miami

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


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

7. Phoenix

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


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

8. Detroit

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


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

9. Raleigh

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


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

10. Oklahoma City

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


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