|Capacity||15,000 (9,200 fixed seats, 4,200 outfield-berm capacity, 1,600 suite-level seating)|
|Dimensions||360L, 366LC, 410C, 398RC, 360R|
|Local Airport||Phoenix or Mesa|
|Ticket Prices||To be announced|
|Season Ticket Prices||To be announced|
|Tickets on Sale||Saturday, January 11 at 11 a.m. CT|
|Ticket Web Site||cubs.com|
|Address||2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa|
|Directions||The ballpark is southeast of the Hwy. 202 (the Red Mountain Freeway, running east/west) and Hwy 101 (the Pima Freeway, running north-south) interchange. From Phoenix and points west: Take Hwy. 202 and head east. Take exit 8 (McClintock Dr.) and go south. Go left (east) on E. Rio Salado Parkway and drive 1.3 miles. The complex will be on your left. From Scottsdale and points north: Take Hwy. 101 south to Exit 52. Turn left (east) on E. Rio Salado Pkwy. The complex will be on your left. From Tempe: Take E. Rio Salado Pkwy. (which runs north of downtown and ASU) three miles; the complex is on your left.|
Chicago Cubs Spring Training for 2014
The Chicago Cubs are training at a new Mesa complex beginning in 2014. We’ll pass along details as they become available.
Spring Training History
The Chicago Cubs have trained in a variety of locations: Champaign, Illinois (1901-02, 1906); Los Angeles (1903-04, 1948-1949), Santa Monica (1905); New Orleans (1907, 1911-1912); Vicksburg, Miss. (1908); Hot Springs, Ark. (1909-1910); Tampa (1913-1916); Pasadena, Cal. (1917-1921); Catalina Island, Cal. (1922-1942, 1946-1947, 1950-1951); French Lick, Ind. (1943-1945); Mesa (1952-1965, 1979-present); Long Beach, Cal. (1966); and Scottsdale (1967-1978).
Why Avalon on Catalina Island? (Catalina Island is located 20 miles outside of Los Angeles.) Because Cubs owner William Wrigley Jr. bought a majority interest in the island in 1919. Wrigley then constructed a ballpark on the island to house the Cubs in spring training: it was built to the same dimensions as Wrigley Field. (The ballpark is long gone, but a clubhouse built by Wrigley to house the Cubs exists as the Catalina County Club.) By 1951 the team had grown disenchanted with Catalina Island, however, and spring training was shifted to Mesa, Arizona, after the Cubs held a profitable series of games against the New York Yankees in Arizona. At the time Mesa was not seen as an attractive area for spring training, and in fact the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League failed to draw at all when the team held spring training at Mesa in 1952.
The move to Mesa was also promoted by Dwight Patterson, a Mesa rancher and builder who worked to bring spring-training games to the area. The Cubs were hesitant to move to Mesa with the New York Giants training only 20 miles away in Phoenix, so Patterson and a group of local businessmen formed the HoHoKams, who put up a $22,000 guarantee if the Cubs moved to Mesa’s Rendezvous Park. (Fittingly, Patterson was the first “Chief Big Ho.”) Today the HoHoKams exist as a charity. Rendezvous Park seated 3,000 when the Cubs moved there in 1952 but was expanded soon afterwards.
After the Cubs moved spring training to southern California in 1966, Mesa did not host any spring training until 1969, when the Oakland Athletics moved their training from Scottsdale. Charlie O. Finley was dissatisfied with the training facilities in Scottsdale; hence the move to Rendezvous Park. The A’s were not a big draw in Mesa, however, and in 1976 Rendezvous Park was torn down. Between 1979 and 2013 the team trained at HoHoKam Park, slated to be the new spring of the Oakland Athletics in 2015.