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Top NFL-College Football Sports Power Weekends in 2012

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012


There are so many great NFL-college football weekends each fall that it is hard to pare down the list. Nonetheless, here are, in my opinion, the 50 best NFL-college football Sports Power Weekends of 2012. The main criteria for this list was that it must include an NFL and college game. There are plenty of great weekends in September that feature MLB games with a great NFL or college game, but I wanted to highlight weekends that included at least two different football games.

I’d love to hear your feedback if you think I am overlooking a great weekend, or ranked one too high.

For more information about planning or booking a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact Jared Cooper at Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com, (646) 397-5350, or via twitter at @SportsPowerWknd.

1. Chicago, September 21-23

Friday
  • St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Saturday
  • Michigan at Notre Dame
Sunday
  • Rams at Bears

Wrigley Field, Notre Dame Stadium and Soldier Field during one incredible weekend based out of the Windy City. Sign me up!

2. New York, September 5-9

Wednesday
  • Cowboys at Giants (NFL Kickoff Game)
  • US Open Tennis
Thursday
  • US Open Tennis
Friday
  • Atlanta Braves at NY Mets
  • US Open Tennis
Saturday
  • USC vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium
  • US Open Tennis (Women’s Final)
Sunday
  • Bills at Jets (Home Opener)
  • US Open Tennis (Men’s Final)


Three games at MetLife Stadium on this weekend, including the first game of the 2012 season featuring the defending Super Bowl champs against their bitter rival, the Jets home opener, and Heisman and top pick front-runner Matt Barkley from USC. Also see Citi Field on Friday as the Mets host the Braves.

3. New Orleans, November 3-5

Saturday
  • Alabama at LSU
Sunday
Monday
  • Eagles at Saints (Monday Night)

A rematch of last year’s National Championship Game with the winner in great position to win the SEC West takes places on Saturday in Baton Rouge. On Monday night at the Superdome, the Saints host the Eagles in an NFC showdown.

4. Los Angeles-San Diego, November 24-25

Saturday
  • Notre Dame at USC
  • Stanford at UCLA
Sunday
  • Ravens at Chargers

The historic rivalry between Notre Dame and USC leads us to the Coliseum. A day later and two hours south, two perennial AFC heavyweights face off in San Diego. A nice Thanksgiving weekend in southern California.

5. Dallas, November 22-24

Thursday
  • Redskins at Cowboys (Thanksgiving)
Friday
Saturday
  • TCU at Texas
  • Baylor vs. Texas Tech (Cowboys Stadium)

Another great Thanksgiving option, this time in the heart of Texas. The Cowboys continue their Thanksgiving tradition, this time hosting their division rivals. On Saturday in Austin, TCU and Texas clash in the newly-remodeled Big XII. Cowboys Stadium will also host Baylor and Texas Tech on Saturday. (more…)

Top Sports Power Weekends By City: April-June

Friday, April 13th, 2012

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

If you are interested in discussing offerings to any of these cities for any of these weekends, please contact us at Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com or (646-397-5350) for more information.

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Top Sports Power Weekends: August 5-7

Monday, August 1st, 2011



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

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

1. Dallas

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

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

Also see: Dallas City Guide

2. Los Angeles-San Diego

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

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

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

3. Washington, D.C.-Baltimore

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

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

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

4. Canton, Ohio

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

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

5. Bay Area

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

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

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: July 29-31

Monday, July 25th, 2011



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

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

1. Washington, D.C.

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

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

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

2. Los Angeles

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

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

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

3. Bay Area

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

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

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

4. Philadelphia

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

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

5. St. Louis

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

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

Top Sports Power Weekends 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: July 1-4

Thursday, June 30th, 2011



There are few more anticipated weekends in the summer than Independence Day Weekend, especially when July 4 falls on a Monday. This is a great weekend to grill out, spend time with friends and family, and of course, go on a Sports Power Weekend. The long weekend provides an opportunity to check out two different baseball stadiums in the same city in Los Angeles, Chicago, and in the Bay Area, giving those three the tops spots on this week’s list.

I present to you the five best Sports Power Weekends of July 1-4. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Dodgers at Angels
Saturday
  • Dodgers at Angels
  • Fire at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • Dodgers at Angels
Monday
  • Mets at Dodgers
  • Sounders at Galaxy

The Dodgers’ financial troubles are well documented, but that won’t take away from the Freeway Series between the Dodgers and Angels this weekend. The opportunity to see a Chivas USA game at Home Depot Center on Saturday, a game at Angels Stadium on Sunday, and a Fourth of July game at Dodger Stadium on Monday is what Sports Power Weekends is all about. Don’t forget to put on your sunscreen!

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

2. Chicago

Friday
  • White Sox at Cubs
Saturday
  • White Sox at Cubs
Sunday
  • White Sox at Cubs
Monday
  • Royals at White Sox

This is another cross-town rivalry on Fourth of July Weekend, this time taking place at iconic Wrigley Field between the hometown Cubs and visiting White Sox. After the three game set, the Cubs hit the road while the Sox move back to U.S. Cellular Park to host the Royals on Independence Day. Here is an opportunity to have a great weekend in a great American city.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

3. Bay Area

Friday
  • Diamondbacks at Athletics
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Athletics
  • Red Bulls at Earthquakes
Sunday
  • Diamondbacks at Athletics
Monday
  • Padres at Giants

Summers in the Bay Area can be brisk, but it is still a great time of year to visit, and this weekend will be no different. You can check out the A’s at O.co Coliseum (formerly Oakland Coliseum), as well as an MLS San Jose Earthquakes game, then the World Series champion San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Monday. Another city where you can kill three birds with one stone.

Also see: Bay Area City Guide

4. New York

Friday
  • Yankees at Mets
Saturday
  • Yankees at Mets
Sunday
  • Yankees at Mets

The Subway Series resumes, this time at Citi Field as the red-hot Mets meet the red-hot Yankees. No Derek Jeter for this one, but it will still have a lot of meaning between the fanbases, and these games count. The Mets are in the Wild Card hunt and the Yankees look to win the AL East, as we approach the mid point of the season.

Also see: New York City Guide

5. Washington D.C.

Friday
  • Pirates at Nationals
Saturday
  • Pirates at Nationals
  • Union at D.C. United
Sunday
  • Pirates at Nationals
Monday
  • Cubs at Nationals

You can imagine Nationals Park is a good place to be as we celebrate our nation’s Independence. Who will win the Presidents Race on July 4? Will it just end in a tie? This is a good weekend for Pirates or Cubs fans to make the trip to see their team in D.C., and while there check out an MLS game.

Also see: Washington D.C. City Guide

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 17-19

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011



The Dallas Mavericks are the NBA Champions, and tomorrow night’s Game 7 will decide the Stanley Cup as Boston travels to Vancouver with the title on the line. When the weekend arrives, both the NBA and NHL will have concluded their seasons, leaving Major League Baseball and Soccer as the two leagues in action until the NFL resumes play. Tournaments in soccer and golf also add spice to the summer weekend’s, most notably this weekend with Father’s Day on the horizon.

I present to you the five best Sports Power Weekends of June 17-19. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • U.S. Open Golf
  • Orioles at Nationals
Saturday
  • U.S. Open Golf
  • Orioles at Nationals
Sunday
  • U.S. Open Golf
  • Gold Cup Quarterfinals
  • Orioles at Nationals

Who knew a mid-June weekend in the nation’s capital could provide such sports punch? The Beltway Series gets underway as the Orioles travel from Baltimore to nearby Washington, D.C. to take on the Nats at Nationals Park. Sunday brings the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup to RFK Stadium, potentially with the US Men’s National Team taking the pitch there. But this weekend in the area is all about the U.S. Open. The tournament concludes annually with a Sunday final round on Father’s Day. This year the 111th Championship will take place at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

2. New York

Friday
  • Angels at Mets
Saturday
  • Gold Cup Quarterfinals
  • Angels at Mets
Sunday
  • Angels at Mets

It is not quite the Knicks and Lakers facing off in the NBA Finals, but there is still something on the line in this New York-LA rivalry. Interleague play resumes with the Angels traveling to Citi Field to take on the much improved New York Mets. Last week, Citi Field hosted its first soccer match with much success. This week, the local soccer moves to the New Meadowlands Stadium for the Gold Cup quarterfinals. The semifinals will be held at Reliant Stadium in Houston (Wed., June 22) with the Final at the Rose Bowl next weekend.

Also see: New York City Guide

3. Chicago

Friday
  • Yankees at Cubs
Saturday
  • Yankees at Cubs
Sunday
  • Yankees at Cubs

The baseball gods were smiling down at this Yankees-Cubs series until Derek Jeter tweaked his calf and put his chase for 3,000 hits on hold. He quite possibly could have (and can still) reached the milestone at Wrigley Field, which would have been a treat for the fans and for SPW travelers. Nonetheless, a weekend set between two of the most historic teams in American sports will still provide some incredible excitement, and make for a great last-minute Father’s Day gift (see link below).

Also see: Upcoming Steiner Sports Offerings

4. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Astros at Dodgers
Saturday
  • Astros at Dodgers
  • FC Dallas at Chivas USA
Sunday
  • Astros at Dodgers

Beautiful weather and baseball, plus some Dodger Dogs, makes for a nice weekend in southern California. The Houston Astros travel to Chavez Ravine to take on the Dodgers for a weekend set along the Elysian Hills. Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Chivas USA hosts FC Dallas in an MLS clash.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

5. Boston

Friday
  • Brewers at Red Sox
Saturday
  • Brewers at Red Sox
  • Fire at Revolution
Sunday
  • Brewers at Red Sox

The red-hot Red Sox take to Fenway Park to face former AL turned NL opponent the Milwaukee Brewers. This would be a great weekend for the cheeseheads to travel to Boston, not only for the series with the Sox, but also to check out the MLS game at Foxboro between the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution.

Also see: Boston City Guide

Top Sports Power Weekends: June 10-12

Monday, June 6th, 2011



On top of the nearing conclusion of the NBA and NHL Finals, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial regional championship for national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean, continues with group matches in Miami, Tampa Bay and Chicago this weekend. Miami will see Game 6 between the Heat and the Mavericks as well as two Gold Cup matches this weekend, giving the city the top spot on this week’s list.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of June 10-12. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Miami

Friday
  • Jamaica vs. Guatemala (Gold Cup at FIU)
  • Grenada vs. Honduras (Gold Cup at FIU)
  • Diamondbacks at Marlins
Saturday
  • Diamondbacks at Marlins
Sunday
  • Mavericks at Heat (Game 6)
  • Diamondbacks at Marlins

The two Gold Cup matches at Florida International University kick off the weekend, which features an NBA Finals elimination game and a Florida Marlins series at Sun Life Stadium. Jamaica, Guatemala, Grenada and Honduras will all expect tremendous representation at their games in southern Florida.

2. New York

Friday
  • Indians at Yankees
  • Revolution at Red Bulls
Saturday
  • Belmont Stakes
  • Indians at Yankees
Sunday
  • Indians at Yankees

The third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, runs in Elmont, NY on Saturday to highlight a weekend that also features two of the American League’s best teams. The Indians and Yankees ready for a three game set at Yankee Stadium, in a potential playoff preview.

Also see: New York City Guide

3. Vancouver

Friday
  • Bruins at Canucks (Game 5)
Saturday
Sunday

Vancouver held serve with two thrilling home wins in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cups Finals at Rogers Arena. Game 5 is always a pivotal game in any series, and this Game 5 promises to be no different. Canucks fans will be in full force hoping to bring the Stanley Cup to Stanley Park.

4. Tampa Bay

Friday
Saturday
  • Canada vs. Guadeloupe (Gold Cup at Raymond James Stadium)
  • USA vs. Panama (Gold Cup at Raymond James Stadium)
Sunday

The US Men’s National Team and our neighbors to the north will both take part in Gold Cup matches at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers’ home will host Canada-Guadeloupe as well as the United States-Panama match. Uncle Sam’s Army will be out in full force.

5. Chicago

Friday
  • A’s at White Sox
Saturday
  • A’s at White Sox
Sunday
  • El Salvador vs. Cuba (Gold Cup at Soldier Field)
  • Mexico vs. Costa Rica (Gold Cup at Soldier Field)
  • A’s at White Sox

The White Sox host a three game set with the Oakland A’s at The Cell, while nearby at Soldier Field pivotal Gold Cup matches will get underway on Sunday. El Salvador faces Cuba and Mexico clashes with Costa Rica. These games won’t have the same intensity as a December Bears-Packers clash at Soldier Field, but try telling that to these fans.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

6. Los Angeles-San Diego

Friday
  • Royals at Angels
  • Nationals at Padres
Saturday
  • Royals at Angels
  • Nationals at Padres
  • Toronto FC at Galaxy
Sunday
  • Royals at Angels
  • Nationals at Padres

This is another southern California weekend that offers the possibility of games at both Angels Stadium in Anaheim and Petco Park in San Diego. Throw in a Galaxy match in the Home Depot Center and you’ve got yourself a well-rounded summer SPW in LA and San Diego.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

7. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Cubs at Phillies
Saturday
  • Cubs at Phillies
  • Real Salt Lake at Union
Sunday
  • Cubs at Phillies

The MLB-MLS combo is essential Sports Power Weekend of the summer as all of the other major sports leagues are in their offseasons. Philadelphia boasts a good one this weekend as the Cubs travel to Citizens Bank Park to take on the NL East leading Phillies, and the Union host Real Salt Lake at PPL Park in nearby Chester, PA.

8. Baltimore

Friday
  • Rays at Orioles
Saturday
  • Rays at Orioles
  • Earthquakes at DC United
Sunday
  • Rays at Orioles

Camden Yards is one of the crown jewels of Major League Baseball, and it will be open for business this weekend as the hometown O’s face their AL East counterparts the Tampa Bay Rays. A short train ride away in D.C. at RFK Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes travel to face DC United in an MLS clash.

Also see: Baltimore City Guide

9. Houston

Friday
  • Braves at Astros
Saturday
  • Braves at Astros
  • Chivas USA at Dynamo
Sunday
  • Braves at Astros

Houston features a three game set at Minute Maid Park as the Astros host the Atlanta Braves in the shadow of Union Station. On Saturday, the Dynamo host Chivas USA, concluding yet another MLB-MLS combo weekend.

Also see: Houston City Guide

10. Memphis

Friday
  • PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic
Saturday
  • PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic
Sunday
  • PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic

Memphis continues to deal with the aftermath of heavy flooding in the city, but the St. Jude Classic goes on at TPC Southwind. Some of the world’s best will be on hand for one of the top tournaments on the PGA Tour.

Also see: Memphis City Guide

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