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Take Us Out to the Ballgame! Spring Training with the Braves, Astros and Nationals

Program Number: 5924RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/10/2013 - 3/15/2013; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: DeLand, Florida
Price starting at: $798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Baseball
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Whether you’re a devoted fan, live with the baseball-addicted, or just enjoy The Game, attend Major League Spring Training with the Braves, Astros, and Nationals. Attend at least two and, if available, three MLB Spring Training games during the program. If only two MLB games are available (rare), we will try to schedule a college game. Plan for a grand slam experience and bring those mitts, cameras, and autograph books.




Highlights

• Meet and talk with players, coaches, and others as they share their lives and experiences, and hear from sports medicine experts on the mechanics of pitching and injuries.
• Get to know Society for Baseball Research members who share the history they are attempting to save and delve into baseball controversies, review rules, and discuss how The Game impacts American culture.
• As a special highlight, enjoy an excursion to Disney's Wide World of Sports.



Activity Particulars

Walking to/from bus to stadiums, climbing stairs.



Coordinated by Stetson University.




DeLand

DeLand is within easy reach of Disney World, the Daytona International Speedway, Sea World and Universal Studios. The town itself, known as the “Athens of Florida,” is surrounded by spring-fed lakes and acres of orange groves. The nearby Blue Spring State Park is home to manatees.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with outdoor pool and free parking.
Meals and Lodgings
   University Inn
  Deland, FL 5 nights
 University Inn
Type: Motel
  Description: Located across the street from the university.
  Contact info: 644 N. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32720 USA
phone: 386-734-5711
  Room amenities: Coffee maker, microwave, fridge.
  Facility amenities: Pool, fitness room, free local calls.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $59-89. Ask for Road Scholar rate.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $59-89. Ask for Road Scholar rate.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration begins at 4:00 on Sunday You will be staying at University Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Approximately 1:00 p.m. on Friday You will be staying at University Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. We must have a signed and completed participation information form/health form from you before the start of the program.
  Parking availability:
Free on-site parking for duration of program. A parking pass will be handed out to you on Sunday.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Deland, FL
  Nearest highway: Highway 17/92.
  Nearest airport:  Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), Daytona Beach, FL.
  From End of Program
  Location: Deland, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

University Inn - DeLand

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
American Taxi
phone: 386-255-0000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45.00 1-4 passengers
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

www.americantaxidaytona.com This price is from the Daytona Beach International Airport ONLY! All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 

University Inn - DeLand

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
DeLand Express
phone: 386-747-6579

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

1-2 persons $45 from Daytona Beach International Airport
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 mins 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

www.delandexpress.com This is from the Daytona Beach International Airport ONLY All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 

University Inn - DeLand

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
DeLand Taxi
phone: 386-734-8484

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 
Driving Directions
  To DeLand From Orlando/Tampa (Interstate 4, eastbound) -- Take the first DeLand exit (Exit 114) and turn left on State Road 472. Travel approximately three miles and veer right onto Highway 17/92, which later becomes Woodland Boulevard. Travel through downtown DeLand (5 miles) and you'll see the university's main gates at East Minnesota Avenue. From Jacksonville (Interstate 95, southbound) -- Take the International Speedway Boulevard (U.S. 92) exit (Exit 261B) and head west approximately 20 miles into DeLand. Turn left at 17/92 (Woodland Boulevard). Travel south through two traffic lights before entering the Stetson campus area at the main gates at East Minnesota Avenue. From Miami (Interstate 95, northbound) -- Take Exit 249 and head west on State Road 44 approximately 20 miles into DeLand. S.R. 44 will become New York Avenue as you approach DeLand. Turn right on Amelia Avenue and the Stetson campus area will begin after the traffic light. Turn left onto East Michigan Avenue and right at Woodland Boulevard. The main gates will be at East Minnesota Avenue. From Ocala (I-75) -- Take Exit 358 and head east on State Road 326. Travel approximately 15 miles and turn left on State Road 40. Travel approximately 45 miles and turn right on U.S. Highway 17. Travel about 15 miles into DeLand. U.S. 17 will become Woodland Boulevard as you approach the university. You'll arrive at the Stetson campus area when you see the brick entry at East Minnesota Avenue.
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:
(Sunday, March 10)
   
 Afternoon: Registration at 4:00 PM followed by walking tour of the university and get aquainted sesssion.
 Dinner: Banquet style. Professors invited to say hello.
 Evening: Orientation.
   
Accommodations: University Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, March 11)
   
 Breakfast: Mingle with our students. The Stetson University Dining Commons offers a wide variety of selections at several different food stations. Waffles, French toast, eggs of your choice and other options are available at breakfast. Main entrée selections for lunch and dinner change daily. You can build a salad from the variety of produce at the salad bar or get a bowl of soup du jour. In addition to a pasta bar, there is also a “side” bar that offers choices such as steamed vegetables, baked potatoes, and rice.
 Morning: From Little League to the Big Show with Mr. Wade Rowdon
 Lunch: Lunch in the Stetson Cafeteria
 Afternoon: Meet Stetson University's Baseball Coach and Chipper Jone's Godfather - Pete Dunn
 Dinner: Dining Commons
 Evening: Dennis Corcoran - Author of Induction Day at Cooperstown: A History of the Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremony
   
Accommodations: University Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Commons
 Morning: Class TBA and in the later morning - Trip to Wide World of Sports for a game.
 Lunch: Baseball field
 Afternoon: St. Louis Cardinals vs. the Atlanta Braves Lunch will be at the field and we will have GREAT seats!
 Dinner: Dining Commons
 Evening: Optional college game - Stetson University v/s Bethune Cookman. Transportation will be provided or you may drive yourself.
   
Accommodations: University Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Commons
 Morning: "Where has Sandlot Baseball Gone?" lecture with Dr. Matt Wilson and then board the bus for Kissimmee
 Lunch: Lunch at ball field and watch warm up.
 Afternoon: Baseball game - Washington Nationals v/s Houston Astros
 Dinner: Dinner will be in the Stetson Cafeteria.
 Evening: Class TBA
   
Accommodations: University Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Thursday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Commons
 Morning: Class TBA and in the later morning board bus to Viera for game.
 Lunch: At the Baseball field and watch the warm up.
 Afternoon: Game in Viera - Houston Astros v/s Washington Nationals. GREAT SEATS!
 Dinner: Dining Commons
 Evening: "As the Economy goes, so does the Astros" with Mr. Wade Berstler
   
Accommodations: University Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Today there will be a drawing for an autographed Chipper Jones baseball.
(Friday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Commons
 Morning: "Third Basemen of the Braves in the Modern Era" and "The Social Constructs of American Baseball" with Mr. Wade Berstler
 Lunch: Catered closing lunch.
 Afternoon: Independent departures after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.

Suggested Reading List


Induction Day at Cooperstown: A History of the Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremony


Author: Dennis Corcoran


Description: Nearly every year since 1939, baseball's most outstanding players, umpires, pioneers and executives have been enshrined at Cooperstown in a public ceremony attracting thousands of fans from across (and sometimes beyond) the United States. Whether conferred by the Baseball Writers Association of America, the Veterans Committee, or in the case of 17 Negro League greats in 2006, an ad hoc committee of historians, Hall of Fame membership is the game's highest honor. This book covers the origins and history of the Hall of Fame museum and its election process, provides general information on each year's class and induction ceremony, and includes concise biographical and career discussion for every Hall of Famer, as well as commentary on his (Effa Manley is the lone female) path to election, and highlights of his speech.





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