MESA, Ariz. – The city of Mesa and Chicago Cubs announced a July 11 ground-breaking event to begin construction of a new spring training facility. Mesa, the Cubs and Arizona State University also announced that they are in final stages of an agreement that will make the complex the new home for the ASU baseball program.
Officials also released initial renderings of the new stadium. More detailed renderings will be displayed as part of the July 11 event.
“This is an exciting step for all three organizations as we work on this unprecedented partnership to bring together one of the most beloved and storied Major League Baseball teams and one of the finest college baseball programs into a state-of-the-art facility.” Mesa mayor Scott Smith said.
The $99 million project located at the southeast corner of the intersection of the Loop 101 and 202 freeways in Mesa was approved overwhelming by Mesa voters in 2010. The stadium will boast a 15,000 fan capacity and include a video board, shaded seats and luxury suites as well as improved concessions and restrooms. The stadium design will incorporate some of the unique features of Wrigley Field.
The association with Mesa and the Cubs will also offer ASU an opportunity to expand its scope both locally and nationally while increasing its long-term revenues and boosting the program’s recruiting efforts.
The new complex will include a shared playing field, seven full-size practice fields, one of which is proposed to be would be used solely by Arizona State, and one infield-only natural turf practice field. There would also be a separate clubhouse for ASU.
“Arizona State has an innovative and unique opportunity to align with one of the world’s most recognizable sports brands in the Chicago Cubs, while also increasing the university’s reach by enhancing its presence in both the city of Mesa and Illinois,” Steve Patterson, Arizona State University Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director, said. “Our baseball program’s rich past and loyal following provides the perfect complement to the Cubs’ renowned history and loyal fan base.”