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Cubs, Mesa break ground on new spring-training facility

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New Chicago Cubs spring-training complex

The Chicago Cubs and the city of Mesa yesterday broke ground on a new $99-million spring-training complex, slated to open for the 2014 season. Take a peek at the new renderings.

The ballpark, to be designed by Populous, will hold 15,000 fans and include a videoboard, shaded seats and luxury suites. The new complex will also include seven full-size practice fields and one infield-only natural-turf practice field.

“This is a huge day for Mesa and the Cactus League as we move a step closer to creating a state-of-the-art stadium, training facility and signature park that our residents, all Arizonans and Cubs fans from here to Chicago will enjoy for many years to come,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “We are grateful to the Mesa voters who made this a reality and I know they will be proud of what we are about to build.”

New Chicago Cubs spring-training facility

“Spring training in sunny Mesa has been special for Cubs fans from around the country for more than 50 years,” Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said. “We are very excited the great tradition of Cubs baseball will continue in Mesa with a new stadium that will provide our players access to a world-class training facility year round while offering the best fan experience possible to visitors and residents.”

The project will also reconfigure Riverview Park and will feature an innovative playground, large grass and shaded areas, event space and interactive water features. The lake will serve as both an urban fishing oasis and irrigation for the entire site of more than 150 acres. New pedestrian paths will connect the park and lake to the new stadium while gathering areas will be created for various community events to occur.

“The transformation of Riverview Park will make it an anchor point for the surrounding development and a point of pride for all Mesa residents. When the construction is finished, they will like what they see,” District 1 Councilmember Dave Richins said.

Renderings courtesy of City of Mesa.

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