7196
Arizona

Chicago Cubs: Arizona Spring Training Baseball

Watch the Chicago Cubs prepare for the upcoming season during Spring Training at their new baseball complex in Mesa, Arizona. Meet baseball historians, writers, former players and more!
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Program No. 7196RJ
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6 days
5 nights
10 meals
5 B 1 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Tempe, AZ
D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the hotel conference room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 5:30 p.m. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. THE SPEAKER SCHEDULE THAT FOLLOWS IS FROM OUR 2019 OFFERING AND WILL BE UPDATED IN FEBRUARY 2020 ONCE NEW BOOKINGS ARE CONFIRMED. THE GAME SCHEDULE AND TIMES ARE ACCURATE. In the unlikely event that a game is rained out, an alternative activity will be provided (no refunds). Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow participants, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. We suggest that those who wish to explore the area in greater depth arrive early or stay on after the program. Please contact the hotel directly if you wish to make additional arrangements. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, meals are typically buffet service with a rotating variety of choices and beverages including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Cubs Historian, Game 1, Beat Writer
Tempe, AZ
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area

Activity note: Driving approx. 30 miles one way to the stadium; about 45 minutes. Walking approximately 1/2 mile at the stadium, some stairs.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs and omelets cooked to order, breakfast meats, oatmeal, fruit, and toast, plus juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: This mornings presentation will be by David Rapp, retired journalist and author of "Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America." David will delight with stories and antidotes of the original glory years of the Cubs. Following our presentation, we’ll transfer to the stadium for our first game.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like at the ballpark. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Game 1! Unfortunately the Cubs have a scheduled day off so we will travel to Camelback Stadium to watch the LA Dodgers take on the Cleveland Indians. Both of these teams have won over 90 games the past two seasons and are top contenders in each of their respective leagues to go all the way in 2020 After the game, we’ll transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: Sports writer Barry Bloom is one of the best in the game today. One of mlb.com's top beat reporters, Barry has covered many of baseball's biggest events and milestones and has interviewed the game’s top players. While at the hotel, Barry will delight us with his knowledge of baseball history and anecdotes from his remarkable career.

DAY
3
AZ Diamondbacks Organist, Broadcaster, Game 2
Tempe, AZ
B,L
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area

Activity note: Sloan Park is less than one mile from hotel, walking or shuttle option. Walking approx. 1/2 mile at the stadium, some stairs.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Join Tim Sheridan, the Harry Caray of spring training, as he tells stories of his 35 plus years as the voice of the Cubs here in Phoenix. Broadcaster, writer, film maker, and all things Cubs, Tim is author/editor of the blog "The Boys of Spring" where he discusses the players, internal front office moves and the prospects for the coming season.

Lunch: At the hotel, we’ll have plated meals, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: At the hotel, we’ll be joined by Bobby Freeman, longtime organist for the Arizona Diamondbacks. We’ll enjoy a performance and sing-along of some ballpark classics and laugh as Bobby shares his personal story and favorite moments. When the Diamondbacks rallied to take the 2001 World Series from the Yankees in seven games, could it be that Bobby was the catalyst? Following the performance we will have a little free time for the rest of the afternoon prior to our late afternoon departure for the ball game.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like at the ballpark.

Evening: Game 2! We’ll enjoy our second game of the week as the Cubs prepare to get back to their 2016 World Series form. Today's game is a home game for the Cubs at nearby Sloan Park. The Cubs take on the Colorado Rockies under the cool desert skies with this 6:05 start time.

DAY
4
Chase Field, Game 3
Tempe, AZ
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area

Activity note: Driving to Chase Field 13 miles one way, approximately 20 minutes. Walking about 1/2 mile; some stairs (can be avoided if need be); periods of standing for about 1/2 hour at each of 3 stops. Baseball game is 50 miles away, one way, 1.25 hours. Walking about 1/2 mile at stadium; some stairs.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll go for a special private field trip to explore the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field with a docent and see the dugout, locker room, and museum. Chase Field is a technological marvel with its retractable roof and 1,300,000 square feet of space. As we go behind the scenes, we’ll see where players, managers, and reporters go about their business.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like at the ballpark.

Afternoon: Game 3! Today's game we travel to Surprise Stadium to watch the Cubs play the K.C. Royals. It has been 5 years since the Royals won the World Series, and much like the Cubs, they are looking to rebuild to be contenders again. Surpirse Stadium is one of the more intimate parks to watch a game, but do be prepared it will be our longest drive of the week.

Dinner: Tonight we will go out to a local restaurant to enjoy a plated meal with a variety of choices and beverages including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Evening at leisure follow our dinner out on the town.

DAY
5
Baseball historian, Game 4, Program wrap-up
Tempe, AZ
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area

Activity note: Sloan Park is less than one mile from hotel, walking or shuttle option. Walking approx. 1/2 mile at the stadium, some stairs.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning's presentation at the hotel will be by the Director of Editorial Content for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). He is the editor of “Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox” as well as numerous articles on the games early 20th century corruption scandals.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like at the ballpark.

Afternoon: Game 4! Another home game at nearby Sloan park!. For our final game of the week the Cubs play the Cincinnati Reds.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: Program wrap up and farewell comments. Say good-bye to your new friends and start packing for departure the next morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Tempe, AZ
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Departures following breakfast. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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