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Chicago Cubs: Arizona Spring Training Baseball

Program Number: 7196RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/15/2013 - 3/20/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Price starting at: $865.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Baseball Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 10; 5 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

In 1908 the Chicago Cubs won the World Series and in 2014 the Cubs.… Be part of what could be the year that ends “the drought” as you get up close and personal with your favorite Cubs players during Arizona’s Cactus League. Study the game’s history with the Society for American Baseball Research, sing along with the official organist of the Arizona Diamondbacks, talk baseball memorabilia with those in the know, and discuss Cubs’ greats like Ryne Sandberg. 2014 is the planned opening of the Cubs new baseball complex in Mesa, a destination in its own right known as Wrigleyville West.




Highlights

• Enjoy intimate ballparks and “America’s Favorite Pastime” during four spring training games and a batting practice session.
• Meet retired players and hear from a sportswriter on how he “reads and writes” the game.
• Go behind the scenes of a major league ballpark: Chase Field, regular-season home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a ˝ mile; stairs at ballparks. Games attended are dependent on Cactus League schedule, which is finalized in January.



Lunch on your own at the ball parks. Schedule permitting enjoy at least 3 games with your team, 4 total. For best seating, register by Dec. 1, 2013.



Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




Phoenix

Phoenix is a thriving metropolis surrounded by majestic mountains. Along with the visual beauty of the land, the city has a rich heritage of Native American and Hispanic cultures. Native American and western expansion influences are seen in the art and architecture of Phoenix, and an abundance of museums and art galleries showcase the culture.



Accommodations
Centrally located hotel with outdoor pool. Free airport shuttle.
Meals and Lodgings
   Embassy Suites
  Phoenix, AZ 5 nights
 Embassy Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: Services include complimentary parking, weekday USA Today, on-site National/Alamo car rental desk, gift shop, room service and guest valet/laundry services. Also complimentary 24-hour BusinessLink business center with wireless high-speed internet access computer, printing and copying services. Including complimentary manager reception and make to order breakfast.
  Contact info: 2577 West Greenway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85023 USA
phone: 602-375-1777
web: www.phoenixnorth.embassysuites.com
  Room amenities: Enjoy the convenience of two flat screen television, two telephone lines, refigerator, coffeemaker, microwave, iron with ironing board, hair dryer, and well-lit work area. Complimentary High-speed Wi-Fi access available including PrinterOn, allowing you to print from your laptop.
  Facility amenities: Kick back under the cloudless desert sky before taking a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or relax in the hot tub. Work-out in the fully-equipped fitness center or just soothe tired muscles in the whirlpool while sipping a drink from the Cabana pool bar. Savor delicious Cajun specialties at LaFitte’s restaurant, the perfect place to catch up with friends and colleagues.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: AAA/AARP rate Be sure to request the AAA/AARP rate for additional nights.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: AAA/AARP rate Be sure to request the AAA/AARP rate for additional nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Road Scholar Registration in the Main lobby at 4:30pm. Dinner begins at 6:00pm followed by orientation. Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00pm. You will be staying at Embassy Suites that night.
  End of Program:
After Wrap-Up (by 12:00pm). You will be staying at Embassy Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Phoenix, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix
  Nearest highway: I-17 North-South and Loop 101
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Phoenix, AZ
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Sky Harbor

 

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
AAA/Yellow Cab
phone: 480-888-8888

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for quote
Prices are subject to change.

 

Sky Harbor

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 602-244-9000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for Quote
Prices are subject to change.

 
Driving Directions
  Anywhere www.google.com/maps
  From Sky Harbor International Airport to Embassy Suites Phoenix - North I-10 West to I-17 North. Exit # 211 Greenway Road. The Hotel is on the southeast corner of Greenway Road.
  From the North to Embassy Suites I-17 South. Exit #211 Greenway Road. The Hotel is on the southeast corner of Greenway Road.
  From the South to Embassy Suites I-10 West to I-17 North. Exit # 211 Greenway Road. The Hotel is on the southeast corner of Greenway Road.
  From the West to Embassy Suites I-10 East to I-17 North. Exit # 211 Greenway Road. The Hotel is on the southeast corner of Greenway Road.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-In and Program Registration/Orientation
(Friday, March 15)
   
 Afternoon: Please arrive at the hotel to register at 4:30pm. Check into your room at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. You will then have until 6:00 PM to settle into your room. Please note, this itinerary is TENTATIVE and instructors, classes, games, and schedules are subject to change. If a game is rained out, there is no refund.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: After dinner we will have orientation. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions!
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Baseball Stories/Ballgame 1/History of Cactus League/Sports Writer
(Saturday, March 16)
   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Hear about the Cactus League from a writers perspective.
 Morning: Cubs players past and present.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium.
 Afternoon: Game 1 - KC Royals @ CHI Cubs
 Dinner: After the game, enjoy a delicious dinner at a favorite local restaurant.
 Evening: Learn about the official scoring of baseball and talk about the legends in baseball.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Baseball Class/Baseball Game/Baseball Class
(Sunday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Enjoy a class on baseball in film with an expert.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium.
 Afternoon: Game 2 - CHI Cubs @ OAK Athletics
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy a class on an exciting baseball topic.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Chase Stadium/Ballgame/ Baseball Class
(Monday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: A special tour of the state-of-the art Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Stadium offers an opportunity to explore the dugout, locker room and museum at the ball field.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium.
 Afternoon: Game 3 - CHI Cubs @ SD Padres
 Dinner: After the game, enjoy a delicious dinner at a favorite local restaurant.
 Evening: Baseball class: Major League Players Alumni
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: AZ Diamondbacks Organist / Baseball Game / Wrap Up
(Tuesday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Enjoy a lecture and performance from the Arizona DBacks organist.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium.
 Afternoon: Game 4 - TX Rangers @ CHI Cubs
 Dinner: After the game, enjoy a delicious dinner at a favorite local restaurant.
 Evening: Wrap-up
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Check-Out
(Wednesday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Check out of the hotel by 11:00am
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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