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Despite an economic and travel slump, and an off-season of bad PR, did you know 2002 Spring Training attendance climbed 12 percent in Arizona and 5 percent in Florida? As ballpark expert Joe Connor explains “Spring Training is one of the few institutio

Despite an economic and travel slump, and an off-season of bad PR, did you know 2002 Spring Training attendance climbed 12 percent in Arizona and 5 percent in Florida? As ballpark expert Joe Connor explains “Spring Training is one of the few institutio

In the past, baseball teams viewed Spring Training as nothing more than a necessary business expense to get their players ready for the regular season. But today, Spring Training is viewed by these same clubs as a profit center, with a startling 2.7 million fans attending these “meaningless games” in 2002 while also spending money at concession and novelty stands. “Spring Training is the ultimate fan-friendly adventure that delivers incredible intimacy and affordability,” answered ballpark expert Joe Connor, author of A Fan’s Guide To The Ultimate Spring Training Experience: Fully Updated! “Most players happily sign autographs one-on-one while fathers and sons come early to catch their favorite stars during a free morning workout and for an afternoon game in the sun that won’t cost more than $20.” And while Spring Training continues to flow at a much slower and relaxed pace than the rest of society, plenty of high-flying, no-holds-barred adventure isn’t far away. Make no mistake about it, the days when teams trained in remote small towns, like Apache Junction, Arizona and Port Charlotte, Florida, are over. In his guide, for example, Connor explores several day-trip jaunts “off the beaten path” such as same-day baseball/snowboarding in Arizona or baseball/deep-sea fishing in Florida, among other useful information.

(PRWEB) October 11, 2002

NEWS RELEASE: OCTOBER 14, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Joe Connor

Phone: (619) 886-8324 or 858-273-9281

E-mail: joe@modernerabaseball. com

Despite an economic and travel slump, and an off-season of bad PR, did you know 2002 Spring Training attendance climbed 12 percent in Arizona and 5 percent in Florida?

As ballpark expert Joe Connor explains “Spring Training is one of the few institutions that hasn’t changed in a world where change – and speed – rule”; His 2003 Spring Training travel guide, which makes for a great holiday gift, helps fans conveniently plan and customize their own February/March adventure – right at their fingertips

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – (October 14, 2002) – – In the past, baseball teams viewed Spring Training as nothing more than a necessary business expense to get their players ready for the regular season. But today, Spring Training is viewed by these same clubs as a profit center, with a startling 2.7 million fans attending these “meaningless games” in 2002 while also spending money at concession and novelty stands.

“Spring Training is the ultimate fan-friendly adventure that delivers incredible intimacy and affordability,” answered ballpark expert Joe Connor, author of A Fan’s Guide To The Ultimate Spring Training Experience: Fully Updated! “Most players happily sign autographs one-on-one while fathers and sons come early to catch their favorite stars during a free morning workout and for an afternoon game in the sun that won’t cost more than $20.”

And while Spring Training continues to flow at a much slower and relaxed pace than the rest of society, plenty of high-flying, no-holds-barred adventure isn’t far away. Make no mistake about it, the days when teams trained in remote small towns, like Apache Junction, Arizona and Port Charlotte, Florida, are over. In his guide, for example, Connor explores several day-trip jaunts “off the beaten path” such as same-day baseball/snowboarding in Arizona or baseball/deep-sea fishing in Florida, among other useful information.

Updated annually, Connor’s simple and useful. pdf guide has been touted by fans for featuring hundreds of great travel links and personal recommendations to plan a trip. These include airline, rental car, hotel and attractions information, in addition to details on seating, ticketing and the history of every Spring Training facility. The guide can be purchased exclusively at www. modernerabaseball. com for $16.99 (USD). With the holidays nearing, the “electronic stocking stuffer” – sent to buyers as a simple e-mail attachment – makes for a great gift because it provides all the tools travelers need to plan their trip right now, right at their fingertips.

“Planning right now – as opposed to January or later – is critical. Supply has not kept up with demand,” Connor explained.

For example, in February, the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers will christen a new Spring Training facility in Surprise, Arizona. The growing West Valley suburb of Phoenix however maintains only three hotels within its city limits. ConnorÂ’s resourceful travel guide also helps fans find accommodations in nearby cities, including alternative housing such as renting homes or townhouses.

The Tampa Tribune noted that “using the guide is easy, even for a novice computer user. The bookmarks down the side of the screen serve as a table of contents, allowing users to hop from one park to another with the click of a mouse.”

“The bookmarks mean you don’t have to scroll past pages. You just click your favorite team and up pops their information, including useful Web links to customize your trip,” Connor added. “This guide is simply packaged Internet content that provides more direct access preparing for a trip than a traditional, physical guide does.”

Written in Adobe Acrobat PDF, a free, universal software program that works with any PC or MAC, the guide can be utilized right off the desktop or even downloaded to a handheld device.

Connor provides one-on-one e-mail advice to all guide purchasers, having helped countless travelers plan there previous Spring Training trips. In addition, guide purchasers can utilize a 24-hour, fax-on-demand service that delivers paper copies on select Spring Training destinations (most travelers will only visit a few Spring Training sites anyway).

As with all previous updates, a free sample of the useful planning guide is available off the www. modernerabaseball. com home page.

ABOUT JOE CONNOR

Joe Connor is a Major League Baseball freelance writer, mainly covering the San Diego Padres, whose work has appeared in several weekly newspapers in San Diego as well as on www. mlb. com, www. fanstop. com, and www. modernerabaseball. com (the site where his simple and useful electronic ballpark guides are sold exclusively). A frequent guest on national sports talk radio about ballparks and marketing baseball, Connor has witnessed baseball in more than 100 professional ballparks throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia, including every Major League ballpark and Spring Training facility. He has also attended the U. S. College World Series and the Little League World Series and will be witnessing baseball this winter in the Caribbean.

ABOUT MODERNERABASEBALL. COM

Major League Baseball freelance writer Joe Connor debuted www. modernerabaseball. com on April 23, 2001 in memory of his late father, Joseph Patrick Connor III, who was his guiding light to baseball. The dedication came on the two-year anniversary of his father's passing from cancer. Instead of reliving the anniversary in sorrow, Joe decided the site should serve as a celebration of his father's life while also as a vehicle to help others. www. modernerabaseball. com is home of Connor’s simple, useful and highly-acclaimed electronic ballpark guides – “A Fan’s Guide To The Ultimate Spring Training Experience,” and “A Fan’s Guide To The Ultimate Ballpark Tour: Fully Loaded!” about visiting major league, minor league or independent league parks.

Connor’s guides are designed to inspire, and to help fans realize the same dreams he has. Connor has witnessed baseball in more than 100 professional ballparks throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia, including every Major League ballpark and Spring Training facility. A portion of all guide proceeds are donated to Pro Literacy Worldwide (www. proliteracy. org), formerly Laubach Literacy, which helps provide the resources for adults and children to learn to read. In addition, every year www. modernerabaseball. com hosts an “Father’s Day Contest” in which sons and daughters across the globe participate to honor their Dads.

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