PLEASE NOTE: This event has already occurred.
iHotel and Conference Center
St. Louis Cardinals fans in Champaign-Urbana will once again have the chance to meet players, broadcasters, and legends when the boys of summer take the stage in Champaign on Friday, January 18.
That’s when the 2019 St. Louis Cardinals Caravan will stop at the I-Hotel and Conference Center. The event is FREE and presented by Stevie Jay Broadcasting and ESPN 93.5.
If you bleed Cardinals red in the summertime, and Fredbird is your favorite mascot, you won’t want to miss this chance to talk hot stove baseball, meet other fans and meeting current players, alumni and broadcasters. There will be autographs for kids, Cardinals prize drawings and more. Current players who will attend: Jose Martinez, John Brebbia, John Gant and Lane Thomas. Alumni in attendance are Al Hrabosky and Bengie Molina. Tom Ackerman will emcee.
The Caravan is also scheduled to make stops in Decatur, Bloomington, Peoria, Springfield and Mattoon. (See full Central Illinois schedule below).
The Cardinals will again be implementing the Autograph Ticket system at each stop. The first 400 children (15 and under) through the door on the day of the event will receive a free Autograph Ticket which guarantees one autograph from each current and former player. Due to high demand, autographs will only be available for children 15 and under.
|Date||City||Location (click for directions)||Time||Call for Info|
|Fri., January 18||Champaign, IL||iHotel and Conference Center||Noon||217-819-5000|
|Sat., January 19||Peoria, IL||Embassy Suites Hotel||11:30 AM||309-637-3700|
|Sat., January 19||Bloomington, IL||Parke Regency Hotel||4:30 PM||309-829-1221|
Different players will visit this circuit.
|Sun., January 20||Mattoon, IL||Lake Land College – Field House||Noon||217-234-5333|
|Sun., January 20||Springfield, IL||Bank of Springfield Center||6:00 PM||217-788-8800|
|Mon., January 21||Decatur, IL||Decatur Hotel & Conference Center||Noon||217-422-8800|
|Mon., January 21||Quincy, IL||Pepsi Arena at Quincy University||5:00 PM||217-228-6600|
The Cardinals Caravan will stop in six different states before the end of the month, including Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, Indiana, and Kentucky.