The Chicago Cubs have decided to keep their Spring Training home in Mesa, Arizona. Once Mesa city officials unanimously approved a plan for the new and improved “Wrigleyville West”, Cubs officials jumped at the bit and gave the city the exclusive right to get the deal done. The development will include commercial properties, a shopping district and hotels and could occupy as much as 100 acres in the Phoenix suburb. The $84 million complex will also be the site of a brand new, state-of-the-art 15,000-seat ballpark.
The Naples, Florida bid to bring the Cubs to the Grapefruit League on the east coast in Florida is on hold for now.
I must say I am a little surprised by the decision. I know the Ricketts Family has ties in Florida, so Mesa must have made a great proposal to keep the Cubs in Arizona. It also shows the Cubs commitment to the area for all of the great things they have done for the Cubs over the last 57 years.