cubs new spring trainingYesterday, the City of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs, including Owner and Chairman Tom Ricketts, did a little pageantry about the new Spring Training facilities and ballpark opening in time for Spring Training in 2014. From

“This is a big win for the team to get this started,” Ricketts said of the new facility, scheduled to be completed in December. “It’s a big win for our fans who go to Spring Training, it’s a big win for the city of Mesa, it’s a big win for economic development for the whole area, to be honest, so everybody’s winning.

“It also translates into literal wins,” Ricketts said. “When I look out, I see ‘W’ flags. We have to build a foundation of first-class facilities throughout our organization.”

The 144-acre site is located at the intersection of Highways 101 and 202 in east Mesa, and for now, is called Wrigleyville West. Mesa voters approved spending $84 million on the project, which includes a 15,000-seat stadium and a 70,000-square foot clubhouse. The Cubs currently have a Minor League facility at Fitch Park; HoHoKam Stadium is just north on Center Street where Spring Training games are played.

The new site will combine the Major and Minor League operations, although they will have separate clubhouses. All players will share the 9,000-square foot weight room, which will be the largest of any Major League team in either Arizona or Florida.

On Wednesday, Ricketts, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and other Cubs officials took the media on a tour of the new site. There are actually three separate projects combined: commercial space, the Cubs space and city space. Part of the area will be a park to be used by Mesa residents.

The Cubs’ Mesa facilities, you’ll note, are actually in use year-round, for training activities, minor league activities, rehab activities, and more. Although Spring Training is, and will be, the most visible function, the Cubs’ organization as a whole will be improved by having this kind of place to use. It’s a reminder of the importance of getting the much-needed player facility upgrades at Wrigley Field, too. The media joked that the facilities in Mesa are going to be better than theĀ facilitiesĀ at the big league level, and they’re right. It’s embarrassing.

But it’s also a credit to the caliber of the facilities being put together in Mesa, so let’s just focus on that positive for now.

The media in attendance got a little video of the progress on the new facility, including this Jesse Rogers Vine:

The Chicago Tribune also had a slightly longer video, scanning over the construction area (which was previous embedded, but the Tribune can’t stop doing the autoplay thing – so now you’ll have to click the link to see it).

  • Coldneck

    FYI – both video auto play when opening this article.

    • CubFan Paul


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        • Brett

          Unbelievable. They stopped doing autoplay embeds for, like, a day. Do publishers not realize all they do by autoplay is make people NOT share their videos?

          I’m OK with the Vine autoplaying, because it’s essentially a long GIF (and for me it’s pre-muted).

          • hansman1982

            Ya, I am most certainly not clicking to their site.

            (which is, probably, what they wanted to happen by having the videos autoplay in the first place (although, I bet there is a portion of the code that if you remove or alter would stop the auto-play))

  • RIck

    Yep the Cubs got to practice here on a building now they know what they want to do when they decide to build the new ball park

  • Tommy

    Looks like the bathroom facilities are already better than Wrigley’s.

  • Don

    “The 144-acre site is located at the intersection of Highways 101 and 202 in east Mesa … ”

    It’s west Mesa — near Tempe and Scottsdale..

    • Brett

      That’s what I thought, too.

  • Ryan

    I drove past it last week while I was out there. Definitely closer to Tempe/ Mills ave than actual Mesa. FYI, it’s huge complex and gonna be nice sans being right next/under the 202.

  • Cubbie Blues

    Wonderful spamming. That is if you are able to read Asian hieroglyph.