It’s never too early to start thinking about next year, particularly when those thoughts might require planning a Spring trip.

To that end, today the Chicago Cubs released the team’s 2012 Spring Training schedule. From the team’s official release:

The Cubs begin their 2012 Cactus League schedule Sunday, March 4 against the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Park. The Cubs play the first three days of their spring slate at home before heading to Surprise to play their first road game at Kansas City on Wednesday, March 7.

The Cubs will make their annual trip to Las Vegas for a two-game weekend series March 17-18 against a to-be-determined opponent. The Cubs close out the spring on Tuesday, April 3 vs. the Milwaukee Brewers at HoHoKam Park. Additionally, the Cubs and White Sox square off twice next spring – Friday, March 9 in Glendale and Sunday, March 18 at HoHoKam.

Individual game tickets for the 2012 Chicago Cubs home spring training games at HoHoKam Park will go on sale Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 10 a.m. CST on www.cubs.com or by calling 1-800-905-3315.

The schedule, which includes split squad (ss) games, is as follows. All games are 1:o5pm Arizona time (“Spring forward” happens during ST).

March 4 vs. Athletics, Mesa

March 5 vs. Athletics, Mesa

March 6 vs. Rockies, Mesa

March 7 at Royals, Surprise

March 8 vs. Mariners, Mesa

March 9 at White Sox, Glendale

March 10 at Brewers, Maryvale

March 11 at Dodgers, Glendale

March 12 vs. Reds, Mesa

March 13 at Giants, Scottsdale (7:05 p.m. MT)

March 14 vs. Brewers, Mesa

March 15 (ss) vs. Diamondbacks, Mesa; at Rockies, Scottsdale

March 16 vs. Giants, Mesa

March 17 (ss) at Athletics, Phoenix; at Las Vegas (Team TBD)

March 18 (ss) vs. White Sox, Mesa; at Las Vegas (Team TBD)

March 19 at Mariners, Peoria

March 20 (ss) vs. Rangers, Mesa; at Athletics, Phoenix

March 22 at Rangers, Surprise

March 23 at Rockies, Scottsdale

March 24 vs. Padres, Mesa

March 25 at Indians, Goodyear

March 26 (ss) vs. Padres, Mesa; at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale

March 27 at Reds, Goodyear

March 28 vs. Indians, Mesa

March 29 at Padres, Peoria

March 30 vs. Dodgers, Mesa

March 31 vs. Angels, Mesa

April 1 at Angels, Tempe

April 2 at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale

April 3 vs. Brewers, Mesa



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