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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 Twin Lakes may refer to: Communities
  • Twin Lakes, California
  • Twin Lakes, Adams County, Colorado
  • Twin Lakes, Lake County, Colorado
  • Twin Lakes, Florida, a neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale
  • Twin Lakes, Ohio
  • Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
 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 Ohio State University, main campus at Columbus; land-grant and state supported; coeducational; chartered 1870, opened 1873 as Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, renamed 1878. There are also campuses at Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark. , Notre Dame Notre Dame IPA: [nɔtʁ dam] is French for Our Lady, referring to the Virgin Mary. In the United States of America, 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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Publication:Sarasota Magazine
Date:Feb 1, 2013
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