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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 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 By City: May

Monday, May 2nd, 2011



Below are the top Sports Power Weekend options in 30+ major cities in North America. They are ordered in market size and often include cities and towns surrounding the major metropolitan area. To find a specific city, press Command+F and type in the city name.

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

1.    NEW YORK

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

2.    LOS ANGELES-SAN DIEGO

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

3.    CHICAGO

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

4.    PHILADELPHIA

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

5.    DALLAS

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

6.    SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND-SAN JOSE-SACRAMENTO

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

7.    BOSTON- HARTFORD-PROVIDENCE

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

8.    ATLANTA

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

9.    WASHINGTON, DC-BALTIMORE

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

10.  HOUSTON

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

11.  DETROIT

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

12.  PHOENIX

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

13.  TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG-ORLANDO

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

14.  SEATTLE-VANCOUVER, BC

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

15.  SEATTLE-PORTLAND, OR

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

16. MINNEAPOLIS

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

17.  MIAMI

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

18.  CLEVELAND-COLUMBUS

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

19.  DENVER

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

20.  ST. LOUIS

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

21.  PITTSBURGH

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

22.  KANSAS CITY

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

23.  SALT LAKE CITY

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

24.  CINCINNATI-LOUISVILLE

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

25.  MILWAUKEE-GREEN BAY-MADISON

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

26.  BUFFALO-TORONTO

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

Top Sports Power Weekends: May 6-8

Monday, May 2nd, 2011



Round Two of both the NBA and NHL playoffs are now underway, and the first month of the baseball season is in the rearview mirror.  Compelling matchups are abound in these playoffs, no more evident than in Boston as the Miami Heat travel to continue perhaps the most anticipated second round matchup in NBA playoff history. The great weekends don’t end in Boston, however.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of May 6-8. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Boston

Friday
  • Flyers at Bruins (Game 4)
  • Twins at Red Sox
Saturday
  • Heat at Celtics (Game 3)
  • Twins at Red Sox
  • Rapids at Revolution
Sunday
  • Twins at Red Sox

Boston keeps churning out incredible Sports Power Weekend opportunities as the Bruins and Celtics advance in the playoffs. Once again, these teams overlap with a Red Sox series at Fenway to create a sports trifecta in Beantown.

Also see: Boston City Guide

2. Dallas

Friday
  • Lakers at Mavericks (Game 3)
  • Yankees at Rangers
Saturday
  • Yankees at Rangers
Sunday
  • Lakers at Mavericks (Game 4)
  • Yankees at Rangers

Two of the most successful teams in American pro sports history descend upon Dallas this weekend as the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Dallas Mavericks for Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference Semifinals series, and the New York Yankees look to avenge their loss at the hands of the Texas Rangers in the ALCS last year. Both the American Airlines Center and the Ballpark in Arlington will be rocking this weekend.

Also see: Dallas City Guide

3. Louisville

Friday
Saturday
  • Kentucky Derby
Sunday

The pageantry and history of the Kentucky Derby will be on full display as the first leg of the Triple Crown gets underway in Louisville at Churchill Downs. This field is wide open, which will only add the allure of the race often referred to as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”

4. Atlanta

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

    Fresh off their takedown of the Orlando Magic in Round 1, the Atlanta Hawks hope to keep the momentum going strong as they face the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Bulls will visit Philips Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday, making Atlanta a focus of the NBA’s eyes.

    Also see: Atlanta City Guide

    5. Philadelphia

    Friday
    • Braves at Phillies
    Saturday
    • Braves at Phillies
    Sunday
    • Bruins at Flyers (Game 5)
    • Braves at Phillies

    Philadelphia fans contributed to an amazing feat last Saturday, showing up 132,000 strong to sporting events in the area, including the Penn Relays and games by the Flyers, Phillies and Union. This weekend a pivotal Game 5 between the Bruins and Flyers will highlight the slate, which also includes NL East rivals meeting at Citizens Bank Park.

    6. Washington, D.C.

    Friday
    • Rays at Orioles
    Saturday
    • Lightning at Capitals (Game 5)
    • Rays at Orioles
    • FC Dallas at DC United
    Sunday
    • Rays at Orioles

    Tampa Bay fans that love their teams should be making their way to the nation’s capital for this amazing scheduling coincidence. The Rays will be in Baltimore for a three-game set with the Orioles, and meanwhile in Washington, D.C. the Lightning will visit the Capitals for an all-important Game 5 at the Verizon Center. Also on Saturday, DC United hosts FC Dallas in MLS action.

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

    7. Bay Area

    Friday
    • Rockies at Giants
    Saturday
    • Rockies at Giants
    Sunday
    • Red Wings at Sharks (Game 5)
    • Rockies at Giants

    The Shark Tank lived up to its moniker as the Red Wings were eaten alive in San Jose in Games 1 and 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal series. The Sharks welcome the Wings back to the Bay Area for Game 5. Meanwhile, the defending World Series champs take on the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park in an NL West showdown.

    Also see: Bay Area City Guide

    8. Memphis

    Friday
    Saturday
    • Thunder at Grizzlies (Game 3)
    Sunday

    Fans in Memphis have proven to be a pivotal factor in these NBA playoffs as they willed their team to a first-round upset over the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. By having already stolen home-court advantage away from Oklahoma City, the Grizzlies look to capitalize starting with Game 3 at FedEx Forum. Beale Street will be on fire this weekend.

    9. Toronto

    Friday
    • Tigers at Blue Jays
    Saturday
    • Dynamo at Toronto FC
    • Tigers at Blue Jays
    Sunday
    • Tigers at Blue Jays

    The Tigers make the trip from the Great Lakes through Ontario to Toronto where they take on the Blue Jays for a weekend set. On Saturday, the Houston Dynamo will visit Toronto FC in some MLS action to make this an even more worthwhile sports weekend in our neighbor to the north.

    10. Los Angeles

    Friday
    • Indians at Angels
    Saturday
    • Red Bulls at Galaxy
    • Indians at Angels
    Sunday
    • Indians at Angels

    It is hard to keep Los Angeles off this list, and they close out this week by offering a series between the surprises of the early MLB season, the Cleveland Indians, and the Angels in Anaheim. Nearby, the NY-LA feud takes the pitch as the Red Bulls travel to take on the Galaxy.

    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: February 25-27

    Monday, February 21st, 2011



    You would think it would be hard for Los Angeles to follow up an NBA All-Star Weekend, but the upcoming weekend is more well rounded and brings a lot of star power itself. Other cities around the country feature weekends headlined by Spring Training, the NFL Combine, and basketball and hockey action. As February comes to a close and March Madness approaches, much will have to be settled on the court this weekend.

    I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of February 25-27. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

    1. Los Angeles

    Friday
    • Clippers at Lakers
    • Wild at Ducks
    Saturday
    • Celtics at Clippers
    • Avalanche at Kings
    • Arizona at UCLA
    • Arizona State at USC
    Sunday
    • Avalanche at Ducks


    You can read more information about this weekend in the link below, but the short story is that the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Ducks, and UCLA and USC basketball are all home this weekend. This could be one of the best regular-season SPWs all year, following up on a hugely successful NBA All-Star Weekend in LA. The City of Angels is closing February strong.

    Also see: Sports Power Weekend Destination: Los Angeles

    2. Tampa Bay-Orlando

    Friday
    • Thunder at Magic
    • Devils at Lightning
    • Spring Training
    Saturday
    • Spring Training
    Sunday
    • Bobcats at Magic


    With Spring Training now underway, central Florida is a great place to be on the last weekend in February. The Magic bookend the weekend with home games at the newly minted Amway Center, and MLB exhibition games are taking place at various locations in the area. Take your pick of Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater; you can’t go wrong.

    3. Washington, D.C.

    Friday
    • Rangers at Capitals
    Saturday
    • Mavericks at Wizards
    • Syracuse at Georgetown
    Sunday


    The New York Rangers are fighting for their playoff lives, but that won’t mean that Alex Ovechkin and the Caps are going to take it easy on them. The Verizon Center is the place to be this weekend with Friday night and Saturday dates getting the fans going. The Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry is always heated, and Big East and NCAA Tournament positioning is on the line.

    Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

    4. Portland

    Friday
    • Nuggets at Trail Blazers
    Saturday
    • Stanford at Oregon
    • Cal at Oregon State
    Sunday
    • Hawks at Trail Blazers


    The Denver Nuggets are bound to have a different roster composition by this weekend with the impending Carmelo Anthony trade, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from checking out the Rose Garden, one of the NBA’s best arenas. From there, check out Oregon’s sparkling new Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene for a Ducks game against Stanford.

    5. Miami

    Friday
    • Wizards at Heat
    Saturday
    Sunday
    • Knicks at Heat
    • Devils at Panthers


    NBA All-Star Weekend has concluded, but the stars still shine at American Airlines Arena with Heat home games against John Wall and the Washington Wizards, and Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks this weekend. Throw in the beautiful weather and Spring Training not too far away and you have got yourself a great weekend.

    6. Indianapolis

    Friday
    • Jazz at Pacers
    • NFL Scouting Combine
    Saturday
    • Seton Hall at Notre Dame
    • NFL Scouting Combine
    Sunday
    • Suns at Pacers
    • NFL Scouting Combine


    Even though the NFL Scouting Combine is closed to the public, there is a decided NFL feel to the weekend in Indianapolis. You will see future NFL stars and current coaches and GMs in and out of restaurants and the mall throughout the weekend. On top of that are two Pacers games at the spacious and fan-friendly Conseco Fieldhouse.

    7. Louisville-Lexington, KY

    Friday
    Saturday
    • Florida at Kentucky
    Sunday
    • Pittsburgh at Louisville
    • UConn at Cincinnati


    Similar to last weekend’s Louisville-Lexington SPW, the Cardinals and Wildcats will be holding court again this weekend in Kentucky. An SEC showdown between Florida and Kentucky takes place at Rupp Arena on Saturday night, and top-10 Pitt visits Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday. Not a bad weekend to be in the Bluegrass State.

    8. Minneapolis

    Friday
    • Hornets at Timberwolves
    Saturday
    • Michigan at Minnesota
    Sunday
    • Warriors at Timberwolves


    Every day of the weekend offers something for sports fans in Minneapolis. Check out Kevin Love and the Timberwolves twice on the weekend, and a game with big NCAA Tournament implications between Michigan and Minnesota on Saturday.

    9. Oklahoma City

    Friday
    Saturday
    • Kansas at Oklahoma
    Sunday
    • Lakers at Thunder


    Two very high-profile teams make visits to Oklahoma this weekend. On Saturday in Norman the top-five Kansas Jayhawks clash with the Oklahoma Sooners, and on Sunday Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers take on the young and energetic Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. There is some great basketball to be seen here this weekend.

    10. Toronto

    Friday
    • Suns at Raptors
    Saturday
    • Penguins at Maple Leafs
    Sunday
    • Mavericks at Raptors


    Our friendly neighbors up north provide some action at the Air Canada Centre throughout the weekend with the Raptors hosting two games to bookend the Maple Leafs taking the ice on Saturday. Throw in a trip to the top of the CN Tower and you can call yourself an honorary Canadian for the weekend.

    Top Sports Power Weekends: January 14-16

    Monday, January 10th, 2011


    With college football completely done, it is the four NFL playoff games this weekend that anchor the best Sports Power Weekends. College basketball begins to assert itself more as January turns to February, and the NBA and NHL still provide a strong base for an SPW.

    I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of January 14-16. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

    1. Boston

    Friday
    • Bobcats at Celtics
    Saturday
    • Penguins at Bruins
    Sunday
    • Jets at Patriots


    I wrote about this weekend in depth last week, and you can read that article here. This could be one of the best Boston Sports Power Weekends of the entire year.

    2. Chicago

    Friday
    Saturday
    • Heat at Bulls
    • UConn at DePaul
    Sunday
    • Seahawks at Bears
    • Predators at Blackhawks


    LeBron, DWade and Bosh invade the United Center as the Miami Heat visits the Bulls in a battle of Eastern Conference powers. Earlier on Saturday, beast of the Big East UConn faces DePaul at Allstate Arena. Sunday at 1 PM, the Bears make their 2010 postseason debut against the Seattle Seahawks at Solider Field. They’ll try to emulate the Blackhawks in becoming champions; the Blackhawks host the Predators at 7 PM on Sunday night.

    Also see: Chicago City Guide

    3. Pittsburgh

    Friday
    Saturday
    • Ravens at Steelers
    • Seton Hall at Pitt
    Sunday
    • Purdue at West Virginia


    Here we go! The Steelers aim for their third Super Bowl title in six years after yet another AFC North crown. They’ll face their rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, in what promises to be an extremely hard-fought battle at 4:30 on Saturday. As the Steelers game concludes, Pitt will be underway against Seton Hall. That game begins at 7 PM. In nearby Morgantown (1.5 hour drive from Pittsburgh) on Sunday, West Virginia will face a ranked Purdue team from the Big Ten.

    4. Atlanta

    Friday
    • Flyers at Thrashers
    Saturday
    • Packers at Falcons
    • Rockets at Hawks
    Sunday
    • UNC at Georgia Tech


    The Georgia World Congress Center area will be buzzing with a game on Friday night (Philadelphia Flyers at Atlanta Thrashers) and two games on Saturday night (Houston Rockets at Atlanta Hawks at 7 PM at Philips Arena; Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons at 8 PM at the Georgia Dome). The top-seeded Falcons hope to ride their home success all the way to Dallas for Super Bowl XLV. On Sunday, UNC travels to Georgia Tech.

    Also see: Atlanta City Guide

    5. Los Angeles

    Friday
    • Nets at Lakers
    Saturday
    • Oilers at Kings
    Sunday
    • Lakers at Clippers
    • Oilers at Ducks


    It seems like every weekend the Staples Center is putting on multiple games and Los Angeles finds itself on this list. With visits to the Staples Center on Friday for the Lakers, Saturday for the Kings, and Sunday for the cross-town Lakers vs. Clippers matchup, you’ll know the arena like the back of your hand.

    Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

    6. New York

    Friday
    • Kings at Knicks
    Saturday
    • Sabres at Islanders
    • Georgetown at Rutgers
    Sunday
    • Flyers at Rangers


    The buzz is back at Madison Square Garden, with the Knicks showing they are a legit playoff team in the East. The Sacramento Kings come into town on Friday night, powered by some young talent. Saturday can take you either to Long Island or New Jersey for the Islanders or Rutgers basketball at the RAC. Sunday pits rival NHL teams the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers against each other at Madison Square Garden.

    Also see: New York City Guide

    7. Philadelphia

    Friday
    • Bucks at 76ers
    Saturday
    • Maryland at Villanova (Philly)
    Sunday


    Wells Fargo Arena is hosting a two basketball games within 18 hours of each other as the Milwaukee Bucks take on the 76ers on Friday night, and at 1 PM on Saturday Villanova welcomes Maryland from the ACC. You’ll have plenty of time on Saturday afternoon and Sunday to get a cheesesteak and check out the Liberty Bell.

    8. San Francisco

    Friday
    • Clippers at Warriors
    Saturday
    • Blues at Sharks
    • Washington State at Stanford
    Sunday
    • Washington at Cal


    The Bay Area offers a lot of variety for this mid-January weekend. Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers visit the Golden State Warriors in what promises to be a high-scoring affair. Saturday features the St. Louis Blues taking on the San Jose Sharks or a Pac-10 matchup between Washington State and Stanford in Palo Alto. Sunday in Berkeley, Cal hosts Washington in another important Pac-10 game.

    9. Minneapolis

    Friday
    • Avalanche at Wild
    Saturday
    • Magic at Timberwolves
    Sunday
    • Iowa at Minnesota
    • Canucks at Wild


    Normally Minneapolis would not be a place you would want to visit in the middle of January, but with the Wild, Timberwolves and Golden Gophers holding court (or ice) each day of the weekend, there are certainly worse places to be. Now which place has a better Jucy Lucy, Matt’s Bar or the 5-8 Club?

    10. Toronto

    Friday
    • Pistons at Raptors
    Saturday
    • Flames at Maple Leafs
    • Cincinnati at Syracuse
    Sunday


    Rounding out the list this week is a treat of a city north of the border. Canada’s only NBA team takes on the Detroit Pistons, a team residing just across the river from Ontario. Make it a hockey doubleheader on Saturday by visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame and checking out the Leafs, one of the “Original Six” and among the most storied franchises in North American sports.