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ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

Baseball Madness: Spring Training in Tampa Bay with the Yankees, Tigers and Rays

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Program #11961RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Mar 17 — Mar 22, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 17 - Arrival/Welcome/Orientation and lecture on the Bo...
Afternoon: Check-in at the MAgnuson Hotel front desk. Proceed to meeting room for registration and receipt of program folder that contains an updated schedule. (Please be aware that local circumstances could require modifications to the program schedule. We will always endeavor to notify you as soon as possible if any changes are required.)

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Get to know the Eckerd College Road Scholar program staff and your fellow participants, followed by an overview of the program and facilities.

PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO THE NATURE OF OUR INSTRUCTORS' SCHEDULES, THIS PROGRAM MAY NOT BE COMPLETE UNTIL THE WEEK BEFORE THE ACTUAL PROGRAM DATE OF 3/17/13 PROGRAM. PLEASE CHECK ON UPDATES.



Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 18 - Lectures on Team Strategy & Scorecards and The La...
Lectures on Team Strategy & Scorecards and The Law & Baseball / Movie Night

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Begin the morning with a lecture on The Law & Baseball by Professor Mike Allen.

Mike is a Professor of Law teaching courses in Civil Procedure, Remedies, Complex Litigation, Constitutional Law I, the Federal Courts and the Federal System, and Veterans' Benefits Law at Stetson Law School in Gulfport Florida. In addition, he supervises Stetson's internship programs at the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

During his time at Stetson, Professor Allen has received the University level award for Excellence in Teaching, the Award for Excellence in Professionalism and Career Development presented by the Stetson College of Law Student Bar Association, been twice named the Best All Around Professor, and five times been awarded the Golden Apple Achievement Award for teaching.

A brief refreshment break between classes.

Our esteemed Eckerd College baseball coach, Bill Mathews, will walk you through team strategy, roster lineups and how to use a scorecard. Coach Mathews is the Tampa Bay Rays official MLB game scorecard keeper and had the honor of scoring during the 2008 playoffs and World Series at Tropicana Field. Coach will explain what constitutes an "error" and how he makes on the spot decisions during a game.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Board our Eckerd College coach to head to Spring Training game.

(Schedule permitting - games and days will not be avaialble until late fall early winter. Schedule is subject to change).

We'll head back to campus after the game

Dinner: Location to be determined

Evening: Movie Night

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 19 - Lectures and game possible
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: After a morning of baseball trivia, depart for Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida to attend a game between the Atlanta Braves and the Detroit Tigers. We will also be eating at the ballpark and return in the afternoon after the game.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Spring Training Game - TBA

Dinner: Dinner - location to be determined

Evening: More baseball. Tonight you'll have the opportunity to watch our own Eckerd College Tritons play another college team. - SCHEDULE PERMITTING AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 20 - Morning and early afternoon Lectures/ Schedule pe...
Morning and early afternoon Lectures/ Schedule permitting attend Spring Training Game

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: SCHEDULE PERMITTING - Board the bus for the Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, new Spring Training home to the 2008 ALCS Champions - the Tampa Bay Rays.will be hosting a team to be determined for an afternoon game. We will be leaving early to meet a representative of the Rays baseball staff.

On the bus we will be joined by Peter Golenbock, one of America's best-known sports authors. He has written some of the best selling sports books of the last thirty years including THE BRONX ZOO, and GEORGE (unauthorized biography of George Steinbrenner). Peter will share stories of his friendships and experiences with the legendary New York Yankee baseball players and owner as well as anecdotes about other major league teams and players.

We will also be eating at the ballpark and return to campus after the game.

Lunch: For a full flavor of baseball fare, vouchers for a hot dog, chips and drink will be our lunch in the open-aired park.

Afternoon: Spring Training Game - schedule permitting GAMES AND DAYS TO BE DETERMINED AT A LATER DATE

Dinner: Dinner - location to be determined

Evening: Lecture - TBD

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre tropical resort is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.

Contact info:
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com

Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony

Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for prices
Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 21 - 2 morning lectures / Field Trip to Museum / Even...
2 morning lectures / Field Trip to Museum / Evening of Musical Entertainment

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Start the morning with Coach Mathews as he discusses the similarities and the differences between college & Pro ball.

Take a short refeshment break between classes

Then listen to Coach as he delves into the Ehics in Baseball

Lunch: Lunch on campus

Afternoon: Depart for a field trip to the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Pinellas County's oldest museum was founded in 1920 as the St. Petersburg Memorial Historical Society. Through the determination and effort of Mary Wheeler Eaton and others, the Society began collecting artifacts, natural history specimens, archival documents, photographs, papers, and "boxes of unknown treasures that were just dropped on our doorstep during the night." In 1922, the Society became incorporated and the city of St. Petersburg provided the use of an old aquarium building (located on the same site as today's Museum) for the public display of the Museum's collections.

While at the museum, you will learn about the History of Spring Training from Bob Guckenberger.

When BOB GUCKENBERGER was growing up in New York City, his father converted a checkers board to a baseball field with bases, home plate etc. He labeled all the Yankees players on the checkers pieces and as they listened to the game together, Bob would move the pieces around the bases or into the field in the visitors half of the inning. As he grew older, a transistor radio (remember those?) would be smuggled under his pillow for games that lasted past bedtime.

The passion never waned. Bob received a Masters Degree in Business and worked for advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather in New York writing Mercedes-Benz ads and commercials. Another of his passions is automobiles. When the 3 hour-a-day commute became unbearable, Bob set out for his dream location, Florida. He became Creative Director for the largest agency in the state and eventually owned his own advertising agency.

Bob has been on the Board of the St. Petersburg Museum of History for over 25 years and has had a hand in 3 baseball exhibits. He worked closely with the city to bring a major league team here, including creating a campaign that sold 22,697 season ticket reservations. You could easily say baseball is his passion.

Dinner: Dinner on campus

Evening: Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment by local favorite.

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, March 22 - Field Trip to Tropicana Field
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Board our Eckerd College coach to the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame at the Tampa Bay Rays MLB stadium, Tropicana Field.

Fans can view an array of different artifacts and pictures of the "Greatest hitter that ever lived." These memorable displays range from Ted Williams' days in the military through his professional playing career.

This museum is dedicated to some of the greatest players to ever "lace 'em up," And even the die-hard Yankees fans will have plenty to gobble up their attention as they are drawn from one case to the next.

There is an M & M tribute wall dedicated to Yankee greats Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. But what would a Hitters Hall of Fame be without the likes of Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, Don Mattingly, Wade Boggs, and George Brett? All have their own displays. See the famous Babe Ruth baseball signed for Ted Williams. The recently recovered ball was stolen 27 years ago and will be on display for the first time ever, thanks to Ted's daughter Claudia, who has decided to put the ball on permanent display at the museum.

Lunch: At the hotel The program concludes with lunch today. We hope you had a great time during our baseball week!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
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