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Big League Tours Featured in MLB.com Article

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 @ 06:52 AM

Big League Tours was featured in an article by Mark Newman on MLB.com entitled, "Ballpark Tours Offer Experiences of a Lifetime." Here's an excerpt:

Oakland Coliseum is on the itinerary of four of those 30 tours operated by Big League Tours, starting with the California Gold Tour on May 5-12. That five-ballpark trip begins at Petco Park in San Diego, then goes to Angel Stadium in Anaheim and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, then heads up to the Bay Area to watch Mike Trout and the Angels play a day game at Oakland, capped off the next night with Reds vs. Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

IMG_1431.jpgUltimate Baseball Road Trip packages offer at least one tour to each of the 30 MLB ballparks. Tour packages range from two stadiums over three nights up to seven stadiums over eight nights. You'll sit in premium seats, take behind-the-scenes stadium tours and meet with former big leaguers. Vida Blue, Bill "Spaceman" Lee, Dave Parker, Len Barker, Tom Browning and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan are among past examples.

The experience carries over into the cities, too. Tour packages include first-class accommodations in the heart of these great baseball towns.

"We know that fans have their own bucket lists, some that include Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, the Hall of Fame, or visiting all 30 Major League ballparks," said Glenn Dunlap, president and founder of Big League Tours. "We offer the Ultimate Baseball Road Trip that enables fans to make their dreams come true."

Dunlap knows from experience, because in 2014 he and his son completed their own quest of seeing all 30 ballparks in use at that time. The trips are designed for fans of all ages.

"After looking for companies that offered baseball tours the way that I wanted them, I started to realize that they didn't exist," Dunlap said. "I kept thinking if you only visit each stadium once, you'd better do it right. Doing it right means sitting in great seats, taking behind-the-scenes stadium tours, meeting baseball insiders and staying right in the heart of MLB cities. Since nobody else was doing it that way, I began wondering if there were other people who wanted those same experiences."

Click here, http://m.mlb.com/news/article/214403304/ballpark-tours-offer-experiences-of-a-lifetime/, to see the whole article. 

 

Tags: bucket list, baseball tours, baseball stadiums

ANNOUNCING OUR 2016 TOURS

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Fri, Oct 09, 2015 @ 09:55 AM

2016 marks our 10th Anniversary Season, and we are excited to announce our biggest tour season ever! All of our baseball vacation packages are online and available for purchase. We have several new itineraries to go along with our fan favorites starting with a NEW Southern Swing Tour in April, and ending with an East Coast Tour in September. Click the buttons below to see all of our 2016 baseball tours by region. 

  2016 EAST COAST TOURS

  2016 WEST COAST TOURS

  2016 MIDWEST TOURS

  2016 MIDEAST TOURS

  2016 SOUTH TOUR

Tags: baseball trips, baseball vacation package

Last Chance to Purchase Your 2015 Baseball Tour

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Sat, Jul 11, 2015 @ 05:56 PM

IMG_7567_2REGISTRATIONS CLOSE JULY 18!!

Can you believe it's already time for the All Star Game? The 2015 baseball season is nearly half over, and that means there are only a few more opportunities for you to experience the baseball vacation of a lifetime with Big League Tours.

We are offering our most popular tour itineraries in August, and we still have room for you!! Book now to hold your spot and join one of our luxury tours. But hurry, we will end the reservations for these tours on July 18. Click the links below to see the details and book your tour.

Please call or email with any questions.

 

Tags: 2015 Baseball Tours

The Baseball Bucket List - Visiting Every Major League Baseball Stadium

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 02:15 PM

Founder And Son Complete Their Bucket List, Assist Others In Their Quest

(INDIANAPOLIS—December 9, 2014) -- It all started with the phrase, “Before I die, I want to…” It was an exercise that Big League Tours Founder, Glenn Dunlap, completed in a men’s group study at his church. “The goal of the exercise was to help develop personal priorities in different areas of your life.”

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Glenn Dunlap and son, Hiatt share
a moment together at Target Field
celebrating their 30th baseball stadium.


Something Dunlap always wanted to do was visit every Major League Baseball stadium. Since he couldn’t hit breaking balls, his chances of seeing ballparks from the dugout had already passed him by. So he searched for a tour company that would help him fulfill his bucket list dream as a fan. When he didn’t find what he was looking for, he decided to launch his own company.

“After looking for companies that offered baseball tours the way that I wanted them, I started to realize that they didn’t exist. I kept thinking if you only visit each stadium once, you’d better do it right. Doing it right means sitting in great seats, taking behind-the-scenes stadium tours, meeting baseball insiders, and staying right in the heart of the MLB cities. Since nobody else was doing it that way, I began wondering if there were other people who wanted those same experiences.”

As it turns out, there were. Now heading into their 10th season, Big League Tours has hosted travelers from all over the world. Some want to see a stadium from their childhood or follow their favorite team. Some have the bucket list dream of seeing all the stadiums. But whatever their motivation, all are seeking a fantastic baseball experience.

One such traveler is Sheryl Malone, who has been on 5 trips with Big League Tours, visiting 28 of the MLB stadiums, 19 of them with the company. A Cleveland native, Sheryl has watched Indians greats such as Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, and Early Wynn. She credits her grandma with introducing her to baseball at a very young age, but it doesn’t take long to realize that Sheryl’s whole family was influenced by the game. Her dad was a big fan, taking the family to games whenever possible, her sister is a Dodgers season ticket holder, and her late brother worked for the California Angels and the Cleveland Indians.

“I really like seeing the different architecture of the stadiums, what they have built up around them, with so many things to do,” Malone said. “I also love to meet all the people on the tours and to be with fans who really love the game. When you’re with a group of people with the same interests, you can root for different teams, but have great camaraderie.” Sheryl will celebrate her 30th stadium in Kansas City this summer with friends and family on a Big League Tour.

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John Rosskopf (second from the left) and lifelong
buddies enjoy being on field at Fenway Park
while on their East Coast bucket list baseball tour.


John Rosskopf took his first trip with Big League Tours in 2014. John is a rabid baseball aficionado, having grown up watching his father pull weeds in the lawn at home with a San Francisco Giants game on and a transistor radio always close by his side. For the past twenty years, John has been attending San Francisco Giants games each year, both at Candlestick and AT&T Park, but didn't get the bug to see all the stadiums until he discovered Big League Tours with three golfing buddies.  

"We were all very impressed with the whole experience...not just the baseball, but the great cities you are exposed to during these tours,” shared John. “Big League Tours gets the best hotels in these fabulous baseball meccas, and you travel with people who love the game too."  

John had already been to the stadiums on the west coast, but the trip back east was definitely eye opening. "I never knew what a great time you could have in other peoples' parks with new found friends who love the game too. I definitely am going to take advantage of this great opportunity and see all the stadiums, as long as I am able to travel."

As for Dunlap, he and his son completed their 30th stadium together this summer. “It’s been an amazing 9 years of traveling together. We have a lifetime of memories that we’ll always carry with us. Completing our bucket list keeps us inspired to help others do the same.”

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About Big League Tours

Big League Tours helps fans get closer to the game by securing lower level seats, arranging stadium tours and player experiences, and providing first-class hotel accommodations. Flexible itineraries allow fans to experience the best of the best in the greatest baseball cities across the nation. Unlike other tour companies, Big League Tours not only takes care of the buses and games for a baseball tour, but also provides extras that turn tours into true sports vacations, loaded with unique baseball-related events. For more information, contact Big League Tours at www.bigleaguetours.com.

Tags: bucket list

West Coast Baseball Tours in May 2015

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 @ 07:05 AM

Dodger Stadium,west coast baseball tours,baseball toursOur West Coast baseball tours are becoming increasingly popular. It's easy to see why... They include fantastic cities up and down the California coast; one of the best of the new ballparks, AT&T Park; and the historic Dodger Stadium. The extended versions of the tours have options that include SAFECO Park in Seattle and Coors Field in Denver, too. 

These tours start the week of Memorial Day, so it's a perfect time to extend your vacation. 

WEST COAST PLUS MAY 
The full West Coast Plus tour begins in LA/Anaheim, includes 7 games in 7 different stadiums, and plenty of time to explore these great cities. Click here to see the details.
Tue, May 26, Angel Stadium- Padres @ Angels, TBD
Wed, May 27, Dodger Stadium- Braves @ Dodgers, TBD
Thu, May 28, PETCO Park- Pirates @ Padres, TBD
Fri, May 29, Travel to San Francisco
Sat, May 30, Oakland Coliseum- Yankees @ A’s, TBD
Sun, May 31, AT&T Park- Braves @ Giants, TBD
Mon, Jun 1, Safeco Field- Yankees @ Mariners, 7:10PM
Tue, Jun 2, Coors Field- Dodgers @ Rockies, 6:40PM
Wed, Jun 3, Guests Depart

WEST COAST MAY
The full West Coast tour includes the 5 California stadiums and Seattle. Click here to see the details.
Tue, May 26, Angel Stadium- Padres @ Angels, TBD
Wed, May 27, Dodger Stadium- Braves @ Dodgers, TBD
Thu, May 28, PETCO Park- Pirates @ Padres, TBD
Fri, May 29, Travel to San Francisco
Sat, May 30, Oakland Coliseum- Yankees @ A’s, TBD
Sun, May 31, AT&T Park- Braves @ Giants, TBD
Mon, Jun 1, Safeco Field- Yankees @ Mariners, 7:10PM
Tue, Jun 2, Guests Depart

CALIFORNIA GOLD MAY 
The California Gold tour takes in 5 games in all 5 California stadiums, and plenty of time to explore these great cities. Click here to see the details.
Tue, May 26, Angel Stadium- Padres @ Angels, TBD
Wed, May 27, Dodger Stadium- Braves @ Dodgers, TBD
Thu, May 28, PETCO Park- Pirates @ Padres, TBD
Fri, May 29, Travel to San Francisco
Sat, May 30, Oakland Coliseum- Yankees @ A’s, TBD
Sun, May 31, AT&T Park- Braves @ Giants, TBD
Mon, Jun 1, Guests Depart

SOUTHERN CAL MAY 
The Southern Cal tour begins in LA/Anaheim for two nights, finishes in San Diego, includes 3 games in 3 different stadiums, and plenty of time to explore these great cities. Click here to see the details.
Tue, May 26, Angel Stadium- Padres @ Angels, TBD
Wed, May 27, Dodger Stadium- Braves @ Dodgers, TBD
Thu, May 28, PETCO Park- Pirates @ Padres, TBD
Fri, May 29, Guests Depart

BAY AREA MAY 
The Bay Area tour has you staying in San Francisco three nights, includes 2 games in 2 different stadiums, and plenty of time to explore the City by the Bay. Click here to see the details.
Fri, May 29, Arrive in San Francisco
Sat, May 30, Oakland Coliseum- Yankees @ A’s, TBD
Sun, May 31, AT&T Park- Braves @ Giants, TBD

Mon, Jun 1, Guests Depart

ABOUT OUR TOURS 
One thing you'll notice about our tours - We typically offer a long tour that lasts for 7-8 days, in this case the West Coast tour. We then offer shorter versions of that tour at the same time, such as the Southern Cal and Bay Area Tours. This allows you to choose the tour that best suits you.

Whether you choose a long or short tour, you'll always receive a Big League Tours experience. You'll get:
- Premium seats at all the games,
- Stadium tours, when schedules allow,
- Great hotels in the heart of the city or next to the ballpark,
- Big League Player Experience, 
- Sensible itineraries, 
- Big League Tours welcome gift, and a 
- Big League Tours host!

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Tags: Yankees, AT&T Park, Angel Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Giants, 2015 Baseball Tours

East Coast Baseball Tours in May 2015

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

Yankee Stadium,East Coast Tours,baseball stadiumsOur 2015 tour season kicks off with some Big League Tours fan favorites. Year in and year out, our most popular baseball tours are out East, as they include Fenway Park, the oldest stadium in the Majors; trips to Cooperstown, NY, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame; Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the first of the "retro" stadiums; and of course, Yankee Stadium.

Take a look at these East Coast baseball tours in May of 2015. They run right up to the Memorial Weekend holiday, a perfect way to stretch a holiday and make the most of your vacation.

EAST COAST MAY
The full East Coast May tour starts in Baltimore, offers 5 games in 5 different stadiums, and includes a day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Click here to see the details.
- Tue, May 19, Oriole Park- Mariners @ Orioles, TBD
- Wed, May 20, Nationals Park- Yankees @ Nationals, TBD
- Thu, May 21, Citi Field- Cardinals @ Mets, TBD
- Fri, May 22, Yankee Stadium- Rangers @ Yankees, TBD
- Sat, May 23, Hall of Fame
- Sun, May 24, Fenway Park- Angels @ Red Sox, TBD
- Mon, May 25, Guests depart

MINI EAST COAST MAY
The Mini East Coast May is a shorter version of the tour above, it begins in Baltimore and ends in New York, and offers 4 games in 4 different stadiums. Click here to see the details.
- Tue, May 19, Oriole Park- Mariners @ Orioles, TBD
- Wed, May 20, Nationals Park- Yankees @ Nationals, TBD
- Thu, May 21, Citi Field- Cardinals @ Mets, TBD
- Fri, May 22, Yankee Stadium- Rangers @ Yankees, TBD
- Sat, May 23, Guests depart

HALL OF FAME MAY
The Hall of Fame May includes Mets, Yankees and Red Sox games as well as a day at the Hall of Fame. Click here to see the details. 
- Wed, May 20, Arrive in NYC
- Thu, May 21, Citi Field- Cardinals @ Mets, TBD
- Fri, May 22, Yankee Stadium- Rangers @ Yankees, TBD
- Sat, May 23, Hall of Fame
- Sun, May 24, Fenway Park- Angels @ Red Sox, TBD
- Mon, May 25, Guests depart

BIG APPLE MAY 
The Big Apple May tour includes Mets and Yankees games with time to explore the City that Never Sleeps. Click here to see the details.
- Wed, May 20, Arrive in NYC
- Thu, May 21, Citi Field- Cardinals @ Mets, TBD
- Fri, May 22, Yankee Stadium- Rangers @ Yankees, TBD
- Sat, May 23, Guests depart

ABOUT OUR TOURS 
One thing you'll notice about our tours - We typically offer a long tour that lasts for 7-8 days, in this case the East Coast tour. We then offer shorter versions of that tour at the same time, such as the Mini East Coast, Hall of Fame and Big Apple Tours. This allows you to choose the tour that best suits you.

Whether you choose a long or short tour, you'll always receive a Big League Tours experience. You'll get:
- Premium seats at all the games,
- Stadium tours, when schedules allow,
- Great hotels in the heart of the city or next to the ballpark,
- Big League Player Experience,
- Sensible itineraries,
- Big League Tours welcome gift, and a
- Big League Tours host!

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Tags: east coast baseball tour, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Oriole Park, 2015 Baseball Tours

2015 Baseball Tours NOW AVAILABLE

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Tue, Oct 07, 2014 @ 08:55 PM

JOIN BIG LEAGUE TOURS ON A LUXURY BASEBALL TOUR IN 2015!

We have been working diligently over the last few weeks to come up with the best tour itineraries and IMG_8923destinations for our guests in 2015. We are proud to announce that all of our 2015 luxury baseball tours are now available for purchase. 

We have 32 tour itineraries to offer our guests in 2015. Our tours will feature a new East Coast itinerary that includes Pittsburgh; a new Mideast tour that includes a day/night at Niagara Falls; two new West Coast Plus tours; new Mini East Coast and Mini Midwest Tours; and much more. You can choose from three or four night destination-type tours, or full, extensive tours that include multiple ballparks with up to eight nights accommodations.

No matter what tour you choose, you will be guaranteed to stay in the finest hotels in the hearts of the cities or near the ballparks; have premium seats for every game; enjoy our sensible itineraries where you will have plenty of free time to explore; and all the other Big League Tours extras.

Click on the links below to see the tours for each region. 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Tags: 2015 Baseball Tours

Mideast Baseball Tour Kicks Off in Toronto

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Thu, Jul 03, 2014 @ 06:53 AM

Rogers Centre broadcast boothOur Mideast Tour started yesterday in Toronto with behind the scenes stadium tour with Buck Martinez. Buck, a former MLB player and manager, is the play-by-play announcer with the Blue Jays. 

Our group met Buck prior to the game and was treated to early stadium access, views from the press box,
2014 group w Buck at Rogers Centre broadcast booth, in-stadium production area, and on-air production trailer. We finished right behind home plate as the grounds crew was
completing final field prep for the game. 

The game was really fun, too. The Brewers took an
early lead over the Blue Jays only to see the Jays tie the game in the fourth inning. Both teams threatened to score but it wasn't until the bottom of the ninth that the game was decided by a three-run walk off home run by Edwin Encarnacion. 

This morning we jump on the motor coach and head to Detroit. We'll see the Rays and Tigers tonight at Comerica Park. More from the road later!

Tags: stadium tours, Blue Jays, Rogers Centre, Toronto, baseball trips

World Series MVP Ray Knight to Join East Coast Big League Tours

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 09:35 AM

Time and again our guests tell us that the Big League Player Experience was the favorite part of their tour. That means a lot to us when we've also had great seats, stayed in great hotels, andRay Knight at the plate arranged special stadium access for our guests to say they like the player appearance the most. But we understand...that's why we include it!!

Our East Coast and Atlantic Beltway guests are soon to be treated to the experience, too. On Monday, June 30th, World Series MVP Ray Knight will join our guests at Nationals Park. He'll share stories, field questions, sign autographs and take pictures with our guests. 

Ray's playing career spanned 13 years with the Reds, Mets, Astros, Tigers and Orioles. He twice made the All Star team and was the 1986 World Series MVP with the champion Mets. Knight also managed a couple of seasons in Cincinnati. 

To learn about our upcoming 2014 Tours, click the link and check out the details. There's still time to join us this season, but you'll need to hurry!! Wish you were on these tours? We have another set coming up in August. Here are the links for those tours. 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Tags: east coast baseball tour, baseball trips, MLB tours, Nationals Park, Mets

Buck Martinez to Join the Mideast Baseball Tour in Toronto

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 07:02 AM

The Mideast Tour officially begins on July 2nd in Toronto. And what better way to kick it off could there be than to have an appearance by former Major League player, Buck Martinez?
Buck's playing career spanned 17 seasons with three different teams, the Royals, Brewers and Blue Jays. Buck also managed the Blue Jays for two seasons and was the manager of the US team in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. 

Buck currently serves as a broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays. He'll share stories with us about his path to the Majors, his playing and managing days, and what he sees in baseball today. We'll also get a sneak peek into the broadcast booth at Rogers Centre and what it takes to televise a baseball game. 

buck martinezGuests are joining the group baseball tour from all across the U.S. for what lays out to be a great holiday weekend tour package:

Still planning a summer vacation? There's still time left to sign up for a baseball tour!! But hurry...the summer's going by fast!! Click here for details.

Tags: Tigers, Blue Jays, Rogers Centre, baseball tour, PNC Park, Reds