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ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

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

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Program #5922RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Both the hotel and the campus are at sea level.

Itinerary for Mar 10 — Mar 15, 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: http://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 10 - Arrival/Welcome/Orientation
Afternoon: Check-in at Manuson 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 staff and your fellow participants, followed by an overview of the program and facilities.

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: http://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 11 - Lecture: Ethics in Baseball /Attend New York Mets...
Lecture: Ethics in Baseball /Attend New York Mets v. Detroit Tigers Spring Training Game / Movie

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

Morning: Our esteemed Eckerd College baseball coach, Bill Mathews, will walk you through ethics in baseball. 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. There will be a brief refreshment break after the class. PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASS DAYS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES MAY ALSO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE DUE TO AVAILABLITY OF SERVICES.

Lunch: Boxed Lunch on the bus

Afternoon: After the first class you will board the bus for a trip to Joker Marchant Stadium for a Spring Training Game: New York Mets v. Detroit Tigers.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: MOVIE: Moneyball with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane challenges the system and defies conventional wisdom when he is forced to rebuild his small-market team, on a limited budget. Despite opposition from the old guard, the media, fans and their own field manager, Beane - with the help of a young, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist - develops a roster of misfits . . . and along the way, forever changes the way the game is played.

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: http://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 12 - Attend New York Yankees v. Tampa Bay Rays Spring ...
Attend New York Yankees v. Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Game; Attend an Eckerd College Game

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

Morning: Board the bus for a trip to Charlotte Sports Park. Before the game there will be an opportunity to meet persons who are highly instrumental in the Tampa Bay Rays daily schedule.

Lunch: Lunch at the ball park

Afternoon: Attend a game of the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: For those who can never get too much baseball, treat yourself to an additional game this week by watching the Eckerd College Tritons play Tiffin University. Or you can opt out for some free time.

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: http://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 13 - Morning lectures /Attend Philadelphia Phillies v....
Morning lectures /Attend Philadelphia Phillies v. New York Yankees Spring Training Game

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

Morning: This morning you will be treated to more lectures by Coach Mathews. He'll start with a discussion of the difference between College and Professional Baseball Choices. After a short refreshment break, he will explain the mechanics of Lineups, Scoring, and the Strategy of Baseball.

Lunch: Campus Dining Room

Afternoon: At the beginning of the afternoon, you will be given an opportunity to enjoy the amenities of the hotel. Later, you will board the bus for a trip to George Steinbrenner Field for a Spring Training Game.

Dinner: Boxed dinner on the bus

Evening: Spring Training Game: Philadelphia Phillies v. New York Yankees

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: http://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 14 - Tropicana Field / St. Petersburg Museum of Histor...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: Board our Eckerd College bus to the Tampa Bay Rays Stadium, Tropicana Field. Originally named the Florida Suncoast Dome and then the Thunder Dome, Tropicana Field's 1.1 million square feet include unique design features and fan amenities found nowhere else in the Major Leagues. Dick Crippen, former voice of the Tampa Bay Bucs and now an executive with the Rays, will take us on a behind the scenes look at this MLB Major League Stadium. Included in this trip will be a tour of 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: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: After lunch you will board the bus 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. During this tour you will be given a lecture on "Little Cooperstown - World's Largest Collections of Baseballs" by Dennis Schrader

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Enjoy a Musical Evening with a local favorite

Lodging: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 15 - Baseball Triva / Lecture / end of program
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: We'll start the morning with some "Fun With Baseball" - learn some trivia that you never knew before! There will be a brief refreshment break between classes. Your final lecture of the week will be led by author Dennis Corcoran as he introduces "Induction Day at Cooperstown: A History of the Baseball Hall of Fame."

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel. The program concludes with lunch. We trust your experience has been rewarding and memorable!

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
6 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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