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Sports: snowbird baseball classic.

The fifth annual college showcase, which serves as spring training for a number of NCAA teams, comes to Sarasota for the first time ever, Feb. 15 through March 30.

VENUES: Ed Smith Stadium ($10 entrance) and Twin Lakes Park ($7 entrance), in addition to Charlotte County sites.

ATTENDANCE: More than 4,000 out-of-town players, coaches, umpires and family members.

COMPETITION: More than two dozen NCAA Div. I baseball teams, including Ohio State University, Notre Dame and the U.S. Air Force Academy, in addition to Div. III teams like reigning national champion Marietta College.

HARDBALL: Around 1,300 baseballs will be used.

ECONOMIC IMPACT: Past Classics have generated nearly $4 million--per year--for Charlotte County.

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Date:Feb 1, 2013
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