Sports Salsa offers four spicy sports weekends in March 2019 for the country’s best sports fans. As the NBA and NHL regular season schedules wind down prior to the playoffs, we offer ways to see teams in the playoff hunts for both sports. And, we throw in a baseball game to boot!
Here’s our philosophy at Sports Salsa. Life’s too short. You deserve an occasional weekend out of town to see stadiums, arenas, athletes and take in events you haven’t seen live before. We get no kickbacks from providing this service. If you’ll buy the occasional hat or jersey, which we earn a small commission, that helps us to continue this service. Otherwise, we just enjoy putting these trips together for your consideration.
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Boston: March 1-3, 2019
Here’s an opportunity to see some quality playoff teams, and to take in a college game and visit some quality sports museums in New England.
- Friday, March 1. Come in during the day and catch a classic college contest that evening. We have two options for you. Watch Penn and Harvard clash in an Ivy League basketball matchup as the teams fight for position for the post-season tourney. Game time is 7 pm Eastern. (Tickets) Or, watch the Boston College Eagles hockey team take on Northeastern (ranked in the top 15 as of this writing). Puck drop is 7 pm Eastern. (Tickets)
- Saturday, March 2. After a day exploring the North End, take in the first of two events at the TD Garden this weekend. At 7 pm local time, the New Jersey Devils come in to take on the Boston Bruins, who only see the Tampa Bay Lightning ahead of them in the standings. (Tickets)
- Sunday, March 3. Return to the Garden to watch two playoff teams faceoff on the hardwood. James Harden and the Houston Rockets come in to take on Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics. (Tickets)
Museums. In your spare time, take advantage of some excellent sports museums the city has to offer. The Patriots Hall of Fame has incredible exhibits, regardless if you love or hate the current Super Bowl champs. The Sports Museum is housed in the TD Garden and features more than a half-mile of exhibits celebrating sports in the region. And, if you have the time to go to Rhode Island, we suggest heading to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
New York: March 22-25, 2019
You’re going to see a lot of the New York metropolitan region with this schedule that features three hockey matches in different arenas and the Knicks at the Garden. So buckle in!
- Friday, March 22. The high-flying Denver Nuggets come into town to watch the New York Knicks position themselves for a lottery pick. But, hey! It’s the Garden, one of the most famous sports venues in the country. Game time is 7:30 pm local, so you can fly in that day. (Get tickets here.)
- Saturday, March 23. Take the train (it’s about 35-40 minutes away from Madison Square Garden) to the Prudential Center in Newark. Puck drop for the Arizona Coyotes and the New Jersey Devils is 1 pm. That’ll get you back into the city for dinner at an incredible number of choice restaurants. (Game tickets here.)
- Sunday, March 24. Brooklyn is the next stop on this sports journey. The bad news is that you’ll have to watch the Arizona Coyotes again, but you’ll get to see one of the league’s best – the New York Islanders – play. Game time is 3 pm Eastern. (Buy tickets here.)
- Monday, March 25. We come back full circle to the Garden to watch the incredible Pittsburgh Penguins take on the hometeam New York Rangers. Puck drops at 7 pm. (Get tickets here.)
- Museums. There are some terrific sports museums in the area. We recommend adding the United States Golf Association Museum in Liberty Corner NJ and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY to your itinerary.
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis: March 22-25, 2019
This trip requires a little more travel, but a unique opportunity to see some excellent arenas and star athletes. All three cities are in the Central Time zone and lots of travel options, including driving, are available.
- Friday, March 22. Get yourself to Milwaukee this evening for a 7:30 pm Central Time tipoff between the Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks. See the incredible arm span of the Greek Freak (Giannis Antetokounmpo) as his team competes for a higher playoff spot. (Tickets) Enjoy the amenities for the new Fiserv Forum (read our experience here.) And get a good night’s sleep before you head to Chicago in the morning.
- Saturday, March 23. There are lots of options to take the roughly 90-mile trip to downtown Chicago. Tipoff for the Utah Jazz-Chicago Bulls matchup is 7 pm local time. (Tickets) The Jazz are playing for playoff position, and the Bulls are playing for a lottery position. Find a great hotel on Michigan Avenue and prepare to return back to the United Center tomorrow.
- Sunday, March 24. Right now the Colorado Avalanche and the Chicago Blackhawks are fighting for one of the few remaining NHL playoff spots. So this game should feature some raw emotions on the ice. (Tickets) Game time is 7 pm, but be sure to get there in time for the national anthem (learn the history here), and be prepared to cheer through the entire song.
- Monday, March 25. Take Amtrak, Southwest Airlines or other modes of transportation for the roughly 300-mile trek to St. Louis’s Enterprise Center, home to the St. Louis Blues. The Blues, who are white-hot at the time of this writing, take on the Vegas Golden Knights at 7 pm. (Tickets)
Los Angeles: March 29-31, 2019
Take an extended weekend in the City of Angels! This itinerary allows you to see four professional sports events in just three days.
- Friday, March 29. NBA. Charlotte Hornets @ Los Angeles Lakers. 7:30 pm Pacific Time at the Staples Center. (Find tickets here.) Do we really have to sell you on this one? Lebron James. Laker girls. Hollywood celebrities. Magic Johnson should be in the house. And maybe his good friend, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets (a guy who goes by the name Michael Jordan) will drop in.
- Saturday, March 30. Double dip day at the Staples Center. Start off the day with a 12:30 pm local time game featuring the Los Angeles Clippers hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Find tickets here.) Then go out to LA Live, visit the Grammy Museum, and grab a bite to eat before returning to watch the Los Angeles Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks at 7:30 pm Pacific. (Find tickets here.)
- Sunday, March 31. You’ve been indoors long enough the past couple of days. Time to head out to Dodger Stadium and watch the opening weekend of major league baseball. The Dodgers host the Seattle Mariners. Game time is 1:10 pm. And if you have to leave early to catch a plane, don’t worry. It’s a local tradition to leave before the game’s over. (Purchase tickets here.)
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