Chicago Cubs and City of Mesa Break Ground on Spring Training Facility

A groundbreaking ceremony officially started construction on a new baseball stadium and spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs, designed by Populous. The project, when it is completed before spring training in 2014, will also include a reconfigured Riverview Park.

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.”

The $99 million project was overwhelmingly approved by Mesa voters in 2010. The stadium will hold 15,000 fans and include a video board, shaded seats and luxury suites.

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.”

In addition to the stadium, the new complex will include seven full-size practice fields and one infield-only natural turf practice field.

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.

For further information please contact:
Annie Hellweg at Populous
Telephone: 816 329 4313
Email media@populous.com

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