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Spring Training home of the Cubs since 1997
1235 North Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
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Hohokam Park is in a residential area of Mesa, directly across the street from the City of Mesa Cemetery.
Directions From Phoenix: Take Loop 202 east to the McKellips Road exit (#12). Turn right on McKellips then right on North Center Street. The stadium will be on the left. The driving distance from Loop 202 (aka the Red Mountain Freeway) is 1.8 miles.
From the south (Chandler/Tucson): Use Highway 60 (aka Superstition Freeway), exiting at Country Club Drive (exit #179). Travel north on Country Club for about 3.4 miles then turn right (east) on Brown Road. Proceed to North Center Street and take a left. The ballpark is just ahead on the right.
There are 3,000 spaces at the stadium, the bulk of which are in grass fields that are used for youth soccer on non-game days. The fairly sizable (by spring training standards) paved lot is for season ticket holders and is designated as Lot A. Just like in Chicago, neighborhood parking is available, although it has become more limited in Mesa in recent years as "no ball game parking" signs are now a common sight on the side streets near the stadium. Although you'll also likely save a couple bucks, the biggest benefit to parking at homes belonging to local residents is much easier exiting upon game's end, when traffic often is jammed in the stadium's lots.
Cost: $3 to $5 (neighborhood) or $7 (stadium)
Hohokam Park is best known for its large crowds. Its seats and berm are regularly filled to capacity, and capacity in Mesa is larger than at any other spring training ballpark. As such, the Cubs own the single season (203,105 in 2009) spring training attendance record. There's no doubt the Cubs are the draw, as the stadium's bland tan stucco exterior leaves a lot to be desired. The expansive interior is utilitarian in design, with the upper grandstand providing wonderful views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Just like at Wrigley, the fans make Hohokam a wonderful experience and every game one of them is picked to lead the rest of the crowd in the signing of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," which usually happens from atop the first base dugout. Referred to interchangeably as Hohokam Park and Hohokam Stadium, the current structure opened in 1997 on the same spot as the original Hohokam Park, which was razed and rebuilt following twenty years of use. The stadium is named after the Mesa HoHoKams, an influential local civic organization that has been the booster of spring training baseball in Mesa since 1951. There's no word yet on whether the stadium's name will be retained when its replacement opens a few miles away next year. Mesa's voters approved a city referendum on November 2, 2010, to provide the majority of funding ($99 million) for a new training complex that will anchor the Cubs' vision of Wrigleyville West, a concept that will surround the new ballpark, which will be ready in time for 2014 spring training, with privately-funded dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Fast Facts Fans enter the ballpark at street level through one of multiple gates. Gate A is behind center field and is the main berm entrance, Gate B is in the left field corner, Gate C is behind third base and is the most used entrance, Gate D is on the first base side of home plate, and Gate E is behind first base.
The majority of ticket windows are next to Gate C, although there is a cash only window near both Gates B and D. Ticket lines get backed up at Gates B and C, but not D. If you don't need to use a credit card head there to reduce your time waiting in line.
The main concourse is behind and covered by the grandstand. Banners of Cub greats hang from its walls. An interior concourse completely encircles and is open to the playing field.
The bullpens are tiered in right field with the Cubs' closest to the playing field. Only a chain link fence separates fans from the visitors' bullpen.
The stadium's main scoreboard is a 32-foot tall behemoth that stands behind the berm in left field. It has a video board and electronic line score. Mini scoreboards are attached to the façade of the two Upper Deck Cafes.
The playing field is named in memory of Dwight W. Patterson, the founding member of the Mesa HoHoKams.
On the cinder block wall at the top of section 201 and beneath the Cubs' broadcast booth is a bronze plaque dedicated to Ron Santo. It was placed in the spot where fans lined up to get his autograph prior to his passing and bears a facsimile of Santo's signature. Fans still go to Santo's spot to get items signed by current Cubs broadcasters and have their picture taken with the plaque, which was dedicated on March 10, 2011.
A pair of team shops, both named the Cubbie Hole, can be found behind home plate and third base, respectively.
Practice Fields The Cubs have a practice field just beyond the ballpark's center field wall, but it's rarely used by them outside of early on in the spring training season.
Cubs minor leaguers practice and play on the four fields found within Fitch Park, which is located a half-mile south of Hohokam Park at 160 East 6th Place.
The fields in Fitch Park are numbered 1-4. Three of them are named: #1 is called Wrigley Field, #2 is Dayton Field, and #3 Patterson Field. Fields 1 and 2 also have ivy covering and growing through their chain-link outfield fences. All fields are fan accessible and have bleacher seating near the backstop area. Fitch Park does contain a half-field for defensive drills, but it is in a part of the complex that fans aren't allowed into.
Prior to Cactus League play, the Cubs use Fitch Park as their training base. During that time, the park's gates open to the public around 8 a.m. to those wishing to watch the Cubs practice later in the morning.
Types of Seating Stadium seats: Sections 100-116 and 200-212
Bleachers: Sections 117-124 and 213-228
Berm: Can hold up to 2,575 people
All seats have chair or seat backs, but none have cup holders. A berm extends from foul pole to foul pole.
Notes about the seating The Cubs dugout is on the first base side. To make sure you're on the home side of the stadium, buy your tickets in any odd numbered section.
An aisle cuts through the middle of the grandstand. All 100-level seats are below the aisle while all 200-level seats are above it.
Handicap accessible seating is available on railed in platforms on the concourse at the top of sections 101-104 and 111-122. Handicap seating is also available in areas above sections 209, 212 & 214.
The protective screen behind home plate extends from sections 100-104 and doesn't obstruct views of those sitting behind it.
Fans in even numbered 200-level sections (third base side) have a nice view of the Superstition Mountains.
The outfield berm is a standing room haven, specifically on the larger right field berm. There's also plenty of room to stand on the aisle between 100- and 200-level seats.
Ushers are very friendly. All members of the Mesa HoHoKams, they will generally let you sit in sections for which you don't have a ticket as long as there is availability. But given the Cubs' drawing power that's not often.
Sections and rows Rows for sections with stadium seats range as follows:
C to P in section 100; C to L in sections 101-104; F to P in sections 105-110; F to L in sections 111-112; A to L in sections 113-116; P in sections 123-124; AA to LL in sections 200-204; AA to PP in sections 205-212; QQ in sections 213, 215-218
Rows for sections with bleacher seats range as follows:
A to L in sections 117-122; G to N in sections 123-124; AA to PP in sections 213-218; AA to RR in sections 219-228, which are the freestanding sets of bleachers found down each outfield line.
Rows I and O are skipped in all 100-level sections, while rows II and OO are skipped in all 200-level sections.
Tickets Sections 100-116 are sold as Field Box.
Sections 117-124 are sold as Field Reserved.
Sections 200-212 are sold as Terrace Box.
Sections 213-218 are sold as Terrace Reserved.
Sections 219-228 are sold as Grandstand.
Space on the outfield berm is sold as Lawn.
Children ages 3 & under get in free.
Seats to avoid
They're not necessarily bad seats, but those in sections 117-124 are aluminum bleachers and the higher the section number the further away your seat will be from home plate. For example, sections 123 and 124 are very close to the foul poles.
Seats in the shade
There are plenty here. The stadium's trellised roof casts shade upon all rows in sections 200-207, 209, 211 and 213. Most seats in sections 208, 210, 212, 214 and 216 are in the shade, with all seats in those sections shaded by 1:45.
There are two outdoor patios, one on each side of the press box. The third base patio is adjacent to an indoor skybox. There are six luxury suites. The Budweiser Party Deck in right field can hold up to 250 people.
Will call windows open at 9 a.m. The ballpark's gates open at 11:00 a.m. but the berm remains closed until batting practice is over. And if a game is scheduled for a time other than 1:05, ballpark gates simply open two hours prior to that game's start time.
Food, drink and bag policy Food cannot be brought into the stadium, but one sealed bottle of water per person is permitted.
Bags allowed inside can't exceed 16" x 16" x 8" in size.
Simply put, this is not a good park to obtain autographs in. Much of the Cubs’ batting practice takes place before gates open, limiting fan access to them. Occasionally a Cub player will sign near the tarp close to their dugout before the game, but with tunnels to the clubhouses for both teams located in the dugouts players can easily avoid fans. The best thing to do is to wait until after the game is over, when many Cubs players will sign autographs once they've showered and changed into street clothes. The place to be is near the exit door of the Cubs' clubhouse at the end of the first base grandstand, from which players emerge in route to their parking lot in the right field corner. To get there, players walk through a closed off section of the concourse inside of the stadium and fans gather along the route in front of the appropriately named Clubhouse Cafe (see photo). This is the epicenter of autograph activity inside of Hohokam Park, and it's found directly behind the freestanding bleachers down the right field line.
When the Cubs play road games they generally take batting practice at Hohokam Park then bus over to wherever they are playing. Ballpark gates in Mesa will be open so Cubs fans can watch the team take BP, which happens between 10 and 11 a.m. Ironically, fans can't watch the Cubs' full batting practice when they are playing at home, as gates to the ballpark don't open until about halfway through it, which is an upgrade over seasons prior to 2011, when the Hohokam gates didn't open until just after the team had finished hitting.
Unique ballpark fare
Although not overly creative, the food is actually pretty good. The biggest issue is that concession stands are behind the grandstand and sold out crowds lead to long lines that will often force you to miss an inning. If you like hot dogs, the Chi-Town Dog (onions, mustard, sport peppers, sweet relish, tomatoes) or the Mesa Dog (chili, cheese, fritos, jalapenos) are worth the wait behind home plate at Hot Dog Nation. But mainly you'll find tried and true menu items (pizza, pulled pork BBQ, nachos), although the trailer serving up Iowa breaded pork tenderloin is original. You can get one in the left field alley, which is behind the left field line bleachers and is where the biggest selection of food can be found. Pepsi is the cola of choice. Old Style beer, sold at Wrigley Field since 1950, is also available at Hohokam Park. So too is plenty of beer on tap, with Bud and Bud Light available pretty much everywhere and lesser known brands (like LandShark) scattered throughout the park.
Ballpark Area Info
Although Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona it has the feel of a sleepy town and the area surrounding the stadium is pretty much summed up by the cemetery across the street from it. There's just not a lot happening. So for those hoping to find something akin to the Wrigleyville vibe out west your time is better spent enjoying the bar scene in Tempe or the buzzworthy shopping, dining and drinking establishments found in downtown Scottsdale. Both cities are about 10 miles away. For the more refined crowd and families, Main Street in Mesa is a pretty cool place to go for a variety of things. If you like art, the Mesa Arts Center houses five galleries. Baseball fans will like what's in store next door at 51 E. Main Street, the address of a formerly vacant storefront in downtown Mesa that has recently been converted into exhibition space for “Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience,” a Mesa Historical Museum project that details the history of spring training in Arizona. The baseball exhibit (and arts center next to it) is just 1.6 miles from Hohokam Park. About the same distance from the stadium and about a block removed from Main Street are the Arizona Museum for Youth and the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Both are a part of the cultural enrichment experience that Mesa's downtown is noted for, and for an eclectic mix of the arts, bars, cafes, museums, shops and such just walk up and down Main Street and you'll get a chance to enjoy a little bit of everything in an uncluttered and homey environment.
Travelers' notes The closest major highway, the Loop 202, is less than 2 miles away.
The immediate area surrounding the stadium is as safe as it is boring.
The new spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs, currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in December 2013, will be 3.3 miles west of Hohokam Park. Found at the crossroads of the 101 and 202 loops, it's being built on the former site of the Riverview Golf Course in an area that is already pretty well developed. For those who want to see a sneak preview in person, the exact site's address was 2202 West 8th Street when it was a golf course. Otherwise, the City of Mesa Web site has all the details, including renderings, about where the Cubs will begin training in 2014.
Hotels close to Hohokam Park
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|Distance ||Hotel ||Street Address ||City/Zip ||Phone
|1.3 miles ||Marriott ||200 N Centennial Way ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-898-8300
|1.7 ||Best Western ||250 W Main St ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-834-9233
|1.8 ||Travelodge ||22 S Country Club Dr ||Mesa, AZ 85210 ||480-964-5694
|1.8 ||Citrus Inn ||524 W Main St ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-833-9810
|1.9 ||Kiva Lodge Motel ||668 W Main St ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-834-3796
|1.9 ||Budget Inn ||106 S Country Club Dr ||Mesa, AZ 85210 ||480-668-4811
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Restaurants close to Hohokam Park
|Distance ||Restaurant ||Street Address ||City/Zip ||Phone
|0.45 ||Native New Yorker ||318 E Brown Rd ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-464-4383
|0.45 ||Subway ||322 E Brown Rd ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-890-0305
|0.5 ||Krazy Sub ||1211 N Country Club Dr ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-835-0330
|0.5 ||Dirty Drummer ||1211 N Country Club Dr ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-834-6371
|0.5 ||Italian Joe's Pizza ||1211 N Country Club Dr ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-464-2121
|0.55 ||Taco Bell ||352 E Brown Rd ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-461-9362
|0.55 ||Wendy's ||1205 N Country Club Dr ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-964-0861
|0.85 ||Mama Maria Restaurant ||118 E McKellips Rd ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-610-6818
|0.85 ||Cindy's Arizona Cafe ||124 E McKellips Rd ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-655-1349
|0.95 ||Royal Thai Grill ||321 W McKellips Rd ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-733-9025
|0.95 ||Rally's Hamburgers ||343 W McKellips Rd ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-461-9676
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Airports close to Hohokam Park
|Distance ||Airport ||Airport Code
|11.9 miles ||Phoenix Sky Harbor International ||PHX
|105 ||Tucson International ||TUS
|169 ||Yuma International ||YUM
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