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

Program Number: 11961RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $950.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Baseball Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

March madness in Florida is Baseball. Bats have swung and balls have flown for Spring Training in St. Petersburg for 100 years. Weather and schedule permitting, you will join the excitement in the ballpark watching the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays begin their prelude to summer. In the classroom, experts will enlighten you about the details behind America’s pastime to make the game experience even more enjoyable. You will hear colorful stories and anecdotes from those who live baseball — coaches, broadcasters, sports writers and historians. You will gain some insight about what agents look for when signing players and you will discuss controversies surrounding ethics in baseball. Whether new to the game or a diehard fan, everyone will learn to love the game even more than before.




Highlights

• Soak up the atmosphere, hear the crack of the bat and see the world’s best players up close at three spring training games (weather and game schedule permitting).
• Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes field trip to Tropicana Field, domed home of the Tampa Bay Rays.
• Take a historical look at baseball through an exhibit showcasing the world's largest private collection of autographed baseballs.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a mile from parking to the stadium and climbing stadium steps.




Date Specific Information

3-8-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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
Waterfront hotel on Tampa Bay with two swimming pools, private beach, tennis and shuffleboard, bicycle rentals, and fitness center.
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 waterfront hotel 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, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com
  Room amenities: Clock radio; coffe 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; shiffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  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:
Approximately 5pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
On-site parking is free and available in proximity to the accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa/Clearwater
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Amtrak
phone: 813-221-7600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

5251 110th Avenue North Pinellas Park Square, Suite 101 Clearwater, FL 33760

 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Greyhound Lines
phone: 727-898-1496

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

To/From Magnuson Hotel 727-8981496 To/From Greyhound Lines-7 Miles (For Greyhound Only) Greyhound Lines 180 9th Street North St. Petersburg, Fl 33705 Taxi: Bat's Taxi: 727-367-3702 United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Magnuson Hotel/St. Petersburg

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
See below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

Bat's Taxi: 727-367-3702 United Cab: 727-799-2222 Clearwater Yellow: 727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Supershuttle
phone: 180-028-2681 x7
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes to 1/2 hour 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Website: supershuttle.com Reservations are recommended but not required. Travel from airport to the campus is very convenient - all interstate.

 
Driving Directions
  From North to Magnuson 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.
  From South to Magnuson I-75 north to I-275. Cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge ($1.25 toll). Take Exit 16 right onto Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your right.
  From St. Petersburg Clearwater Airport to Magnuson 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.
  From Tampa International Airport to Magnuson I-275 south toward 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: 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 8)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in. Proceed to meeting room for registration and receipt of program folder that contains an updated schedule.Get to know the Eckerd College Road Scholar program staff and your fellow participants, followed by an overview of the program and facilities.

(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 in the Continuing Education Conference Center Dining Hall. Enjoy a variety of appealing food and refreshments in a pleasant setting. Healthy options are available at every meal.
 Evening: Time on your own to enjoy the pools, views, and other amenities of the hotel continue to get to know your fellow participants, or rest from your travels 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 3/18/12 PROGRAM. PLEASE CHECK ON UPDATES.

   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: CHECK FOR FINAL SCHEDULE AFTER SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE IS ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY Possible Spring Training Game/Lecture/Field Trip
(Monday, March 9)
   
 Breakfast: CEC Dining Hall
 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: Boxed lunch on the bus
 Afternoon: Board our Eckerd College coach to head to Brighthouse Networks Field in Clearwater.

Spring Training game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies.

We'll head back to campus after the game

 Dinner: CEC Dining Hall
 Evening: Movie Night
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: CHECK FOR FINAL SCHEDULE AFTER SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE IS ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY Possible Spring Training Game/Lecture/Field Trip
(Tuesday, March 10)
   
 Breakfast: CEC Dining Hall
 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 at the ball park
 Afternoon: Spring Training Game
 Dinner: Dinner at the CEC Dining Room
 Evening: More baseball. Tonight you'll have the opportunity to watch our own Eckerd College Tritons play the team from Clearwater Christian College.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Day Highlights CHECK FOR FINAL SCHEDULE AFTER SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE IS ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY Possible Spring Training Game/Lecture/Field Trip
(Wednesday, March 11)
   
 Breakfast: CEC Dining Hall
 Morning: Board the bus for the Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, new Spring Training home to the 2008 ALCS Champions - the Tampa Bay Rays. They will be hosting the New York Yankees 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
 Dinner: Dinner at the CEC Dining Room
 Evening: Lecture - TBD
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Day Highlights CHECK FOR FINAL SCHEDULE AFTER SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE IS ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY Possible Spring Training Game/Lecture/Field Trip
(Thursday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: CEC Dining Hall
 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 at the CEC
 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 at CEC Dining Hall
 Evening: Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment by local favorite, Jason Fortner.

Jason has a varied background in theatre, the performing arts and corporate events. As Creative Director of Wizard Studios International, he designs themed events and corporate shows worldwide, including recent extravaganzas in Italy, Spain, England, Mexico and Canada.

Additionally, Jason is well-known as a Director and Choreographer of Musical Theatre projects throughout the southeast, as well as his work as a playwright and lyricist for many years.

His love of all things theatrical has fueled Jason’s passion of collecting entertainment and musical theater memorabilia, amassing quite a large personal library of rare scripts, recordings, and videos.

   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Field Trip to Tropicana Field
(Friday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: CEC Dining Hall
 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 diehard 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: CEC Dining Hall The program concludes with lunch today. We hope you had a great time during our baseball week!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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