Spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games for major league baseball players. It allows new players to try out positions and gives existing team players practice time as well. Spring training has always drawn crowds who travel to the warmer climates like Arizona to enjoy the weather and watch their favorite teams play. Fortunately, spring training usually is around spring break for many students. What a great event to go to when on vacation with family or just a special time for fans of all ages.
Spring training usually starts at the end of February and runs until the end of March. Sometimes, some teams will play spring training games on the same day other teams have opening day of the season. Opening season this year for MLB is March 30th for the majority of the teams. Spring training ends one day before the regular season starts.
This year is very exciting for the Chicago Cubs and fans alike. Chicago Cubs fans, like my friends, family and so many others who enjoy baseball, will have the opportunity to see the Chicago Cubs spring training at a brand new stadium located in Mesa, Arizona. For the time being it’s being called Cubs Park. Many of the features of Cubs Park are a reminder of Chicago’s beloved Wrigley Field back in the day. Cubs Park in Mesa has the feel of Wrigley Field with a southwest appeal. What an exciting time to be a Cubs fan or just a baseball fan in general.
From what I have read and heard, Cubs Park sits on 140 acres. Cubs Park will be able to seat around 15 thousand fans; 9200 seats and room for 4200 in the outfield lawn. How sweet is that!? The lawn is much larger as well. It’s steep, which is good, since it allows you to sit and watch the game without the heads of people in front of you. I say that’s a thumbs up. Hard to watch a baseball game with heads bobbing in front of you.
There are plenty of seats in several party patios and decks. One will be able to buy a ticket for the outfield party deck for the equivalent of a lawn-price ticket, either separately, or as an “upgrade.” You’ll have to get your food from the existing concession stands. It’s designed to be accessible in both price and location.
Cubs Park plans on having an area behind right field opened to food trucks during games with different kinds of food than are sold at the many concession stands. People can come from anywhere in the park to enjoy the food trucks.
Fixed seating will be in the shade as well, for people who prefer seating in the shade. Be sure to bring your sunscreen. Arizona sun is powerful. There’s plenty of parking with entrances both off Rio Salado Parkway and Dobson Road.
Beyond the parking lots there is a park on the property with an artificial lake stocked with fish. It’s entrance is lined with palm trees. Not far past that is Mesa Riverview, a large mall with shops and restaurants. How exciting is all of this for Cubs fans? It’s been a long time coming.
January 25 from 2-6 p.m, the City of Mesa is hosting “Double Play at the Park,” with free admission. There will be kid-friendly events, a baseball card show, tours of the facility and at the adjacent park, live music. February 12th at 5:30 there will be a dedication, ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Cubs Park for business.
Counting down the days until the Inaugural Game at Cubs Park on Feb.27-2014!