Monday, February 20, 2017

SBC Winter Trip 2017 Recap


Tuesday, January 10th
6:30 am: Depart Madison for Chicago, IL


10:00 am: Arrive in Chicago to meet with Chicago White Sox and tour of Guaranteed Rate Field 


10:00 am: Arrive in Chicago to meet with Chicago White Sox and tour of Guaranteed Rate Field 
  • George McDoniel - Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships
  • Sheena Quinn - Director of Public Relations 
  • Beth Grabowski - Director of Marketing & Analytics
12:00 pm: Lunch at Primos Chicago Pizza
2:00 pm: Meet with Chicago Bulls and tour United Center
  • Mark Levitt - VP of Fan Experience & Youth Basketball
  • Emily Livacari - Manager of Game Presentation
  • Sarah Smith - Brand Marketing Coordinator

3:30 pm: Depart Chicago for Louisville, KY
7:30 pm: Dinner at Steak 'n Shake 
9:00 pm: Arrive outside Louisville & hotel check-in

Wednesday, January 11th
7:30 am: Breakfast at the hotel
8:15 am: Depart hotel 

9:00 am: Tour of Louisville Slugger Factory & meet Hillerich & Bradsby Co.
  • Matt Bynum - New Bat Process/Systems Manager, Hillerich & Bradsby Co.
12:00 pm: Lunch at the Chicken King of Louisville!
























1:00 pm: Tour of Churchill Downs & The Derby Museum 
























2:30 pm: Panel Discussion with members of the front office from Churchill Downs & the Kentucky Derby
  • Kevin Flannery - President of Churchill Downs 
  • Jeff Koleba - Vice President of Marketing & Programming 
  • Darren Rogers - Senior Director of Communications & Media Services
  • Gary Palmisano Jr. - VIP Player Services Manager
  • Ben Huffman - Racing Secretary 
  • Sarah Contardo - Vice President of Ticketing Strategy 



3:30 pm: Depart Louisville for Nashville, TN
6:00 pm: Arrive in Nashville for hotel check-in
6:30 pm: Free time for SBC members to explore Nashville with dinner options on their own
7:30 am: Bus returns to hotel from downtown Nashville (Optional)

Thursday, January 12th
8:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel
9:10 am: Depart from hotel 
9:30 am: Open Skate with Nashville Predators and tour of Bridgestone Arena
  • David Poile - General Manager & President of Hockey Operations
  • Gerry Helper - Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations
  • Marilu Hagen - Guest Experience Coordinator
  • Craig Smith - Predators Center (Former Badger on 2009-10 NCAA Championship runner-up team)

12:15 pm: Jimmy Johns lunch delivered to the bus
1:00 pm: Meet with Tennessee Titans & tour of Nissan Stadium 
  • Josh Ward - Ticket Sales Manager
  • Stephanie Atkins - Manager of Ticket Services
  • Jim Rice - Group Sales Coordinator
12:15 pm: Jimmy Johns lunch delivered to the bus
3:30 pm: Free time for SBC members to explore Nashville with dinner options on their own
5:45 pm: Depart from hotel en route to Predators vs. Bruins face-off at 7 p.m.
10:15 pm: Bus returns to hotel from Bridgestone Arena after a 2-1 Predators win over the Boston Bruins!




Friday, January 13th
8:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel
9:10 am: Depart from hotel 
12:30 pm: Lunch at Dave & Busters in Indianapolis, IN
2:00 pm: Depart for final leg of return trip back to Madison, WI
8:00 pm: Arrive back in Madison outside Grainger Hall


Watch SBC's 2017 Winter Trip Video Recap