Apropos of USA Today naming Wrigley Field the top park in baseball, the Chicago Cubs now have a name for the beautiful new ballpark they built in Mesa, Arizona for Spring Training (and minor league games, offseason training, etc.). It’s been colloquially called things like “the new ballpark,” “Cubs Spring Training Park,” and “Cubs Park” for a while now. So, it is without surprise and without excitement that the AP reports the name for the park is … “Cubs Park.”
The Cubs control the naming rights to their new park, so I’d expect that “Cubs Park” will probably live as long as it takes for the Cubs to find a naming sponsor willing to pony up the appropriate amount of cash. So, “Cubs Park” might be around for the 2014 Spring, only.
As long as the name isn’t obnoxious, I’m kind of looking forward to having a named stadium. There’s nothing wrong with “Cubs Park,” but it certainly has a considerably sterile feel to it. I can see the sign out front now: “Cubs Park. This is a baseball stadium where baseball games are played on some days.”
I think we’ve played this game before, but it’s always fun: care to take a crack at naming the new park, when it actually has a sponsored name?