Cubs Spring Training
|2014 First Practice Dates
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|* The Cubs played at another stadium in Mesa prior to 2014
Spring Training Info
| Chicago Cubs Spring Training
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Spring Training home of the Cubs beginning in 2014
2330 West Rio Salado Parkway
Mesa, AZ 85201
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THE CUBS MOVED INTO A BRAND NEW SPRING TRAINING BALLPARK AND COMPLEX IN MESA IN 2014. THIS PAGE WILL BE FULLY UPDATED LATER WITH ALL THE DETAILS ON THE CUBS' NEW VENUE.
Unlike where the Cubs trained previously in Mesa, their new home is in a bustling area of the city with close access to two of the region's major freeways. Loop 202 (aka the Red Mountain Freeway) is visible from Cubs Park, while Loop 101 (aka Pima Freeway) is not much further away. Both busy roads offer quick access to Mesa's Riverview Park area, which contains a sizable shopping strip and an actual park. The Cubs' complex is the third piece of the Riverview puzzle and is a short walk from the family-oriented park.
Directions From the east/west: Take Loop 202 to the Dobson Road exit (#10). Travel south on Dobson for 0.7 miles, then turn right onto West Rio Salado Parkway. The stadium is a very short distance ahead on the right.
From the north/south: Take Loop 101 to the Rio Salado Parkway exit (#52). Go east and almost immediately upon exit the Cubs' complex will be visible on the left hand side. The stadium itself is a half-mile from the 101 overpass.
Just beyond right field begins a big grass field that is split into two halves by a palm tree-lined walkway. That's the general parking lot, while the paved lot along the stadium's first base side is reserved for VIPs and those with handicapped permits.
A taste of Wrigley came West with the debut of Cubs Park in 2014. Featuring a pair of light towers on its roof that mimic those of its inspirational counterpart in Chicago, the Cubs' winter home in Mesa has a few touches that pay homage to Wrigley Field, none more cleverly integrated than the outfield berm, which is shaped and sloped to match the look of Wrigley's iconic bleachers. While the brick backstop was easy to replicate, the ballpark's designers at Populous got creative when creating the Cubs' Arizona version of Wrigleyville's rooftops and that's how the left field-spanning rooftop party deck came into being. It's a bleachers and beer area that is on top of a big building that contains bathrooms and concessions. Food options here are plentiful and so too are seats in the shade. That makes for a pleasant day at the ballpark for many, and eventually Cubs Park will have a different name when some yet to be found corporation spends many dollars to rebrand the centerpiece of the complex that cost Mesa taxpayers $99 million to build. Some of that money was spent on sprucing up the adjacent Riverview Park but the bulk was spent on retaining the Cubs, who have trained continuously in Mesa since 1979. They're now guaranteed to remain in Arizona's third largest city through at least 2043 thanks to Mesa's generosity in building a replacement for Hohokam Park, the just 16-year old ballpark at the time that the Cubs left it behind to move a few miles west, where they will fully pocket the proceeds for the naming rights to "Cubs Park" whenever it's called something else. And while that name may be temporary, the stadium's 15,000-person capacity makes it the largest ever used for spring training, a fact that's not likely to change anytime soon.
Fast Facts Fans enter the ballpark at street level through gates named for their location: home plate, first base, right field, center field. The right field gate is the most used, since it's nearest to the biggest parking lot on the complex grounds.
The main ticket office is adjacent to the first base gate. Of the eight windows found there, two are used for Will Call. There are also two small (two window) box offices from which game day tickets can be bought. They are located near the right and center field gates.
The concourse is open to the playing field and goes all the way around the field. It's covered for much of the portion that is above the seating bowl.
The bullpens are fan accessible, as they can be looked into from the berm. Each team's bullpen is at field level and adjacent to a foul pole: the Cubs' in left field and the visitors' in right field.
The large score and information board is in left-center field, where it was placed behind the rooftop deck. Being such a distance away makes it hard for some older eyes to see, but isn't an issue for most. To satisfy the folks who can't see the main scoreboard at all -- those sitting in the left field side of the berm and the left field-spanning rooftop deck -- a simple line scoreboard is affixed to the edge of the third base grandstand. It, however, doesn't provide any info besides the score.
The famous marquee that you see outside of Wrigley Field has been replicated but placed inside of Cubs Park. Furthermore, the Mesa version of the marquee is interactive, meaning a ballpark employee can post something personalized on its message board. Other than time spent in line, there's no cost to see your name or message on the Cubs Park marquee, which is behind section 118 and just inside of the first base gate.
Same as in years and ballparks past, the Mesa HoHoKams serve as ushers, program sellers and parking lot attendants. The Cubs' previous spring training stadium in Mesa, Hohokam Park, was named in honor of the civic organization, which donates proceeds from their efforts back into the local community.
There are a few team shops in the stadium. Small walk-in ones are near the home plate and center field gates, while the main store, simply named Cubs Team Shop, is in a big building between the first base and right field gates.
Practice Fields The Cubs make use of two practice fields that are adjacent to the ballpark's third base side. The field closest to the home plate gate at Cubs Park is where the Cubs take the bulk of their pre-game batting practice. Fans are restricted to watching BP from beyond the dugout on the first base side of that field, where some bleacher seats are available for fans who don't want to stand alongside the chain link fencing or on the grassy hill that overlooks the area.
Cubs minor leaguers practice and play on the four fields found on the other side of the clubhouse building, which actually has a sponsored name: Under Armour Performance Center. The minor league fields are simply numbered 3-6. All minor league fields are fan accessible and have bleacher seating behind their backstops.
Types of Seating Stadium seats: 9,198
Bleachers: None in the grandstand, but the rooftop deck has a pair of small sets on each end.
Berm: Can hold up to approximately 4,200 people and has a stadium-style rise, as the grass on which people sit was designed to match the slope of Wrigley Field's outfield bleachers.
All fixed seats have backs and armrests. A berm extends the entire outfield. Behind the lawn seating in left field is a second-story party deck that mimics the rooftops that Chicago's Wrigleyville is famous for.
Notes about the seating The Cubs dugout is on the third base side. To make sure you're on the home side of the stadium, buy your tickets in sections 100-111. And to be very technical, seats 1-19 in section 111 are on the Cubs' side of the park while seats 20-38 are just barely on the visiting team side.
All seats in the seating bowl have cup holders.
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 stadium sections range as follows:
17 to 23 in section 100; 13 to 23 in section 101; 9 to 23 in section 102; 5 to 23 in section 103; 2 to 23 in section 104; 1 to 23 in sections 105-106; 5 to 23 in sections 107-108; 4 to 23 in section 109; 1 to 23 in sections 110-113; 5 to 23 in sections 114-116; 1 to 23 in sections 117-121; 5 to 23 in section 122; 11 to 23 in section 123; 19 to 23 in section 124
Tickets Sections 100-102 and 121-124 are sold as Bullpen Reserved.
Sections 103-105 and 118-120 are sold as Outfield Reserved.
The upper half (rows 12 & above) of sections 106-117 are sold as Infield Reserved.
The lower half (rows 11 & below) of sections 106-117 are sold as Infield Box.
Space on the outfield berm is sold as General Admission Lawn.
Tickets for the left field rooftop deck are sold as Eighteen | 76 General Admission.
Children 2 and under are allowed free admission.
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.
The ballpark's gates open at 11:05 a.m. 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 One factory-sealed plastic bottle of water can be brought into the ballpark by each person.
Bags are permitted, so long as they don't exceed the size limit of 16" x 16" x 8".
The following items are prohibited: cans and glass containers, folding chairs, hard-sided coolers, inflatables like beach balls, noise makers, thermoses and umbrellas.
There's one place to be before, during and after the game, and it's outside of the stadium, where a dirt path with pretty minimal restrictions connects the Cubs' clubhouse to a side door to the stadium through which players enter. Designed to be the official "autograph path" for the complex, the lengthy walkway is lined with far from mature oleander bushes until it crosses over Clark Street and then the remaining short distance has bicycle rack-high barricades set up to allow players to enter through a door near the home plate gate without having to walk through fans in the plaza. Alongside the barricades is the best place to be positioned for as many autograph opportunities as possible, as players comes closest to fans there and sign the most often there before the game, generally between 12:15 and 12:40 prior to the typical 1:05 p.m. start. The "autograph path" is a two-way route, as players walk or golf cart ride on it after they have been removed from the game to return to their clubhouse. The path is, obviously, least crowded during the game. Fans inside the ballpark can get hand-stamped to go outside of the ballpark and later re-enter at any gate if they wish to try for autographs from the players heading "home" during the game, which is when most of the starters return to the clubhouse. Post-game the path will be trod by plenty of players, but plenty of fans will be vying for signatures then too.
The confines of Cubs Park aren't very autograph friendly so don't expect to get many items signed inside of the stadium, where it's hit and mainly miss in the areas you'd expect before the game: the sections of seats that are closest to the dugouts. For the Cubs, that means standing in the front rows of sections 105-106, with section 106 more preferable since it's closer to the Cubs' dugout. Cubs Park is a bad ballpark in general for getting autographs from the visiting team, whose bus parks in a non-fan accessible area in the left field corner, so hopefuls are left to hang at field level in sections 117-120, with 117 the closest to the other team's dugout. Autograph activity is even more limited in the stadium following the game. There is an entrance/exit tunnel for the Cubs within section 109. For slim pickings, wait at its left side railing, but where that walkway leads -- to the path back to the clubhouse outside of the stadium -- is where fans should really wait, as in Mesa the complex grounds are easily better than the stadium confines when it comes to getting 'graphs.
Cubs Spring Training Autographs
A photo gallery of where to get them
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.
2014 Cubs Spring Training Schedule
(only home games at Cubs Park are listed)
* Single game tickets went on sale Saturday, January 11. Links in calendar are to TicketsNow inventory.
See the full 2014 Cubs Spring Training schedule
Ballpark Area Info
The Cubs' previous home in Mesa was in a dull part of the city, so much so that Hohokam Park was most notable from being across the street from the city's cemetery. The new location is very much alive and is as vibrant as the previous stadium spot was, well, dead. Situated at the crossroads of the 101 and 202 loops, which are the Phoenix metro's equivalent of big city Interstate bypasses, Cubs Park is the big league drawing card for Riverview Park, an as an innovative-as-they-come green space area with unique playground options for kids and a fishing pond for all ages. The park is on the southern end of the plot of land on which the ballpark stands, where Cubs Park replaced what had long been the Riverview Golf Course. Across the road (Dobson) from Riverview Park is the Mesa Riverview shopping center, which has major restaurants and retail shops, a movie theatre and plenty more. A short drive north of the ballpark on Rio Salado Parkway is Tempe Marketplace, which is an even larger eat, play and shopping center, featuring the likes of Dave & Buster's, Best Buy and Chicago's Portillo's, a famous in Illinois eatery known for its hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches that decided to debut their Chicago-style of cuisine in Arizona in 2013. Because Cubs Park is so close to the Mesa-Tempe line it's actually equidistant (about 5 miles) to the downtowns of both cities, which are decidedly different. Mesa's Main Street caters more to families and those who enjoy art galleries and museums, while Tempe's Mill Avenue district is the choice for those of the current college-aged generation thanks to its notable night life and the steady influx of partygoers provided by nearby Arizona State University.
Travelers' notes Two major highways, the 101 and 202 loops, can be accessed from less than a mile of the ballpark's address.
There's a strong security presence here, so the Cubs' complex and entire Riverview area is safe.
The Cubs' spring training ballpark in Mesa from 1997-2013, Hohokam Park, is 3.3 miles east of the team's new digs. That ballpark is just on a one-year spring training hiatus however, as the Oakland A's are moving into Hohokam and its nearby minor league complex in 2015 following a $21 million renovation and rebranding of the stadium that has an address of 1235 North Center Street. So the Cubs' technically aren't done there; they'll just be the visiting team in future years when playing games at Hohokam Park, which is currently in the process of being bathed in green and gold as part of the plan to make it look like an appropriate home for its soon-to-be tenant.
Attractions of note for out-of-towners to visit in downtown Mesa include the Mesa Arts Center, which is home to four theaters and five art galleries, and three museums near it: the Arizona Museum for Youth, the Arizona Museum of Natural History, and "Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience," a Mesa Historical Museum project that chronicles the history of spring training baseball in Arizona, with an emphasis given to the Cactus League's tenure in Mesa.
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|Distance ||Hotel ||Street Address ||City/Zip ||Phone
|4.3 miles ||Best Western ||250 W Main St ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-834-9233
|4.6 ||Marriott ||200 N Centennial Way ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-898-8300
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Restaurants close to Cubs Park
|Distance ||Restaurant ||Street Address ||City/Zip ||Phone
|0.9 miles ||Chick-fil-A ||905 N Dobson Rd ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-834-0573
|0.9 ||IHOP ||913 N Dobson Rd ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-610-0792
|0.9 ||Panda Express ||921 N Dobson Rd ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-834-3689
|1.0 ||Wingstop ||937 N Dobson Rd ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-964-6600
|1.1 ||Cracker Barrel ||1007 N Dobson Rd ||Mesa, AZ 85201 ||480-668-4780
|1.5 ||Portillo's Hot Dogs ||65 S McClintock Dr ||Tempe, AZ 85281 ||480-967-7988
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Airports close to Cubs Park
|Distance ||Airport ||Airport Code
|7.4 miles ||Phoenix Sky Harbor International ||PHX
|120 ||Tucson International ||TUS
|195 ||Yuma International ||YUM
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