Cubs Spring Training Home to Remain in Mesa, Arizona – Wrigley Field Southwest 11/5/10

Posted on 05 November 2010 by Lou

Mesa, Arizona will remain the spring training home for the Chicago Cubs after voters approved Mesa Proposition 420 earlier this week.  63% of all ballots cast supported the proposition.  Now that Mesa voters have approved funding for the construction of a new spring training for the Cubs, the city will provide up to $99 million for the project.  $84 million will be allocated to facility construction and the other $15 million will be allocated to infrastructure concerns.  Anything over the $99 million mark will be covered by the Cubs organization.  The new facility should be ready for the 2013 Spring Training schedule, so the Cubs have 2 more years left at HoHoKam Park in Mesa.  The Cubs have trained in Mesa since 1979 and they have led the Cactus League in attendance 13 of the last 15 seasons.

Tom Ricketts was thrilled with the approval:  “In a show of tremendous support in a particularly difficult economy, Mesa voters recognized the potential of partnering with the Chicago Cubs on an economic investment and future we can, together, create for the city.  Our public-private partnership means jobs for Mesa, tourism dollars for the city and the region, and will drive private investment in Mesa and in the development of Wrigleyville West.”

Sorry, I guess I called it “Wrigley Field Southwest” not “Wrigleyville West” as Ricketts dubbed it.  Can’t wait to check out the new digs in Mesa in 2013…

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