Cubs Spring Training
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Spring Training Info
| Chicago Cubs Spring Training
||Area Info - Mesa
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, which contains a sizable shopping strip and an actual park. The Cubs' complex is the third piece of the Riverview Park 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 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.
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: 9,200
Berm: Can hold up to 2,575 people
All seats have chair or seat backs. A berm extends from foul pole to foul pole.
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.
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 11:00 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 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.
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
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
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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
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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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