Ricketts Want Cubs to Continue to Call Mesa Spring Training Home

Posted on 14 October 2010 by Lou

Tom Ricketts is doing whatever it takes to make sure that the Cubs continue to call Mesa, Arizona “home” for the foreseeable future.  Proposition 420 will be on the general election ballot in November and Ricketts is already in the Mesa area trying to drum up support for the bill.  The proposition will allow the city to spend up to $84 million on a new spring training complex for the Cubs.  City officials do not want to spend more than $15 million on the project, so the rest of the money will have to be approved by the voters.  Any costs over the estimated $84 million will be covered by the Chicago Cubs.

The complex would include a stadium, practice fields and a training facility for the Cubs organization.  The Cubs also want to build a retail and entertainment complex to create additional revenue streams near the Cubs site.  Part of that entertainment complex could include a brand-new Cactus League museum.  The Cubs have provided several pieces of Cubs memorabilia in a temporary exhibit at the Arizona Museum for Youth in order to raise awareness and excitement for the proposed complex.  The Cubs are an important piece to the economy of the greater Phoenix area.  Current records estimate that the team brings in about $138 million in revenue each year to the area.  A new state-of-the-art complex would mean more jobs and even greater annual revenues for the area.  But passing Proposition 420 is a big step toward that goal.

Ricketts had this to say about the Cubs staying in Mesa and the potential for a memorabilia museum — “Seeing this collection re-enforces the whole vision.  You think about what you have here, what we could probably come up with from our own archives and maybe by asking other teams, it could be something very special and something people would want to see not just during Spring Training but year-round when they visit the area.”  Looks like the Cubs are not set in stone in Mesa just yet.  If Prop 420 passes, the Cubs could get to use their new digs as early as Spring 2013…

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