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

Program Number: 5922RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/10/2013 - 3/15/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $761.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Baseball
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

March is madness in Tampa Bay as the Yankees and the Rays begin their prelude to summer. See the Bronx Bombers and the Rays “line ‘em outta here.” Hear the colorful stories and anecdotes from those who live baseball. Take a historical look at baseball and its impact on generations of Americans by examining the sport's myths, legends and heroes and the changing ethics of professional sports. And of course, weather and game schedule permitting, attend three games.




Highlights

• Listen to and meet coaches, broadcasters, sportswriters, baseball historians and others.
• Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a Major League stadium.
• Learn about team strategy, how MLB officials keep score and how the rules have changed.



Activity Particulars

Field trips require boarding motorcoaches and several hours of standing and walking around sites.




Date Specific Information

3-10-2013

This date will also include tickets to go see the Detroit Tigers.



Coordinated by Eckerd College.




St. Petersburg (Florida)

Known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 sunny days per year, “St. Pete” has 234 miles of shoreline and boasts 125 city parks, as well as one of America’s top-ranked beaches and the largest municipal arena in the southeast.



Accommodations
Conference center rooms with swimming pool and tennis courts on campus.
Meals and Lodgings
   Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
  St. Petersburg, FL 5 nights
 Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Room check-in between 4:00 and 5:00pm. Meeting room will be determined at check-in. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove that night.
  End of Program:
Dining Room on final day. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free and available close to the accommodations for the duration of your stay.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa, FL
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St. Petersburg

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-282-6817

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for info
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Other transportation services from Tampa International Airport: Taxis: Yellow 813.253.0121 or United Cab 813.253.2424 Car Rental: Avis 800.831.2847, Budget 800.527.0700, Dollar 800.800.4000, Hertz 800.654.3131, Enterprise 800.736.8222, Thrifty 800.847.4389
If flying into St. Petersburg Clearwater International Airport use SuperShuttle 800.282.6817 or www.supershuttle.com Taxis United Cab 727.535.0000, Clearwater Yellow Cab 727.799.2222, Clearwater Yellow Shuttle 727.525.3333

 
Driving Directions
  Northeast of St. Petersburg I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  Southeast of St. Petersburg I-75 north to I-275. Cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge ($1.00 toll). Take exit 16, right onto Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your right.
  St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport Turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. (686) as you exit the airport. Follow to Ulmerton Road. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  Tampa International Airport I-275 south (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
Elevation Note: Both the hotel and the campus are at sea level.

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: Arrival/Welcome/Orientation
(Sunday, March 10)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lecture: Ethics in Baseball /Attend New York Mets v. Detroit Tigers Spring Training Game / Movie
(Monday, March 11)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Attend New York Yankees v. Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Game; Attend an Eckerd College Game
(Tuesday, March 12)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning lectures /Attend Philadelphia Phillies v. New York Yankees Spring Training Game
(Wednesday, March 13)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Tropicana Field / St. Petersburg Museum of History / Entertainment
(Thursday, March 14)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Baseball Triva / Lecture / end of program
(Friday, March 15)
   
 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: 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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