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
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DAY
1
Check-In, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Tempe, AZ
D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix / Tempe / ASU

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

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, and between 4:30 - 5:15 p.m., come to the Road Scholar desk located adjacent to the hotel lobby 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: We will gather in our private meeting room at 5:30 p.m. 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 Spring Training schedule of games is not finalized until December and so the schedule that follows is tentative and a representative outline. Guest speakers and the times of games are likely to change. In the unlikely event that a game is rained out, an alternative activity will be provided (no refunds). Free time is limited and unscheduled at this time. 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
Sports Writer, Official Scorer, Game 1
Tempe, AZ
B,L
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix / Tempe / ASU

Activity note: Walking about half a mile at the stadium, some stairs. Driving distance to stadium approximately one hour, 35 miles.

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

Morning: Throughout the program, we’ll meet wonderful baseball personalities who have intimate and often long histories with the game. Sports writer Charlie Vascellaro will join us and provide unique perspectives on baseball history and personalities. In addition to his lifelong love of baseball, Charlie is a bibliophile, historian, raconteur, traveler, and author of a biography on Hank Aaron. Charlie took part in his first Road Scholar program in 2004 and has been a regular guest ever since, delighting our folks with Spring Training chronicles. Following our presentation, we’ll transfer to the stadium for our first game.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: Rodney Johnson is the official scorer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is the President of the Arizona Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Rodney has also served as an expert witness for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the field of sports memorabilia and has written numerous published articles on baseball and baseball history. A baseball trivia fanatic, Rodney’s stories and insights are enthralling.

Dinner: 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

Evening: Game 1! We start off our week by traveling to Goodyear Stadium to watch the Cubs take on their division foe Cincinnati Reds. We will get to enjoy the cool evening air as today's game has a start time of 6:05 p.m. After the game we’ll transfer back to the hotel.

DAY
3
Baseball Historian, Game 2
Tempe, AZ
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix / Tempe / ASU

Activity note: We will transfer to the stadium after the morning lecture. Please bring everything you wish to take with you to the lecture.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Enjoy another baseball themed presentation Following our presentation, we’ll transfer to the stadium for our second game.

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

Afternoon: Game 2! Today the Cubs have a scheduled day off so for our alternative game we will go to nearby Hohoham Stadium, long time home of the Chicago Cubs and an intimate park to take in a game. Today we will watch the Cubs NL foe the LA Dodgers take on the Oakland A's from the AL West division. Seats have been secured for this one and we have great shade seats secured.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
AZ Diamondbacks Organist, Game 3, Baseball Historian
Tempe, AZ
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix / Tempe / ASU

Activity note: The Chase Stadium trip involves approximately 1/2 mile of walking and some stairs (can be avoided if need be), standing for approximately 20 minutes at a time at three stops. Driving time to game approximately one hour, 40 miles. Walking about 1/2 mile at stadium, some stairs.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll be joined by Bobby Freeman, longtime organist for the Arizona Diamondbacks. We’ll enjoy a performance and sing-a-long 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?

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

Afternoon: Game 3! For today's game we travel to Surprise Stadium to watch the Cubs take on the Texas Rangers. Surprise stadium is a great place to take in a game with it's intimate feel and plentiful shade seats.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: Tonight's presentation will be by Jacob Pomrenke, 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.

DAY
5
Chase Stadium, Game 4
Tempe, AZ
B,L
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix / Tempe / ASU

Activity note: The Chase Stadium trip involves approximately 1/2 mile of walking and some stairs (can be avoided if need be), standing for approximately 20 minutes at a time at three stops. Total driving time today of one hour, 40 miles. 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 Stadium. We’ll see the dugout, locker room, and museum. Built in 1998, 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: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: Following our morning field trip we will return to the hotel and start our afternoon with a little down time to rest up for our late evening. Then, we will board our bus in mid-afternoon to go to Old Town Scottsdale where people will get dropped off for a little free time exploration prior to the game. Old Town Scottsdale is loaded with interesting shops and attractions and a nexus for Spring Training fans. Your group leader will offer up maps of the area and suggestions for places to visit. Scottsdale Stadium is walking distance from Old Town or there are free trolleys that depart to the game from numerous locations.

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

Evening: Game 4! Get ready for Scottsdale's number one game of the spring training schedule as the Giants take on the Chicago Cubs. game time 7:05 p.m. These two teams are always the top two fan favorites of spring training and being an evening game will only add to the excitement. One thing to note is that Scottsdale Stadium is one of the older stadiums in the valley with many sections having bench seats (with backs), so those that have pads to sit on would be happy to have those with them. Following the game we will return to the hotel approximately 10:30 p.m.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Departures
B

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

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll have a wrap-up session and say goodbyes, ending by approximately 9:30 a.m. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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