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Getting ready: about 500 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the forthcoming Chicago Cubs spring training facility at Mesa’s Riverview Park on Wednesday. (Tribune photo, Mike Sakal)
The Cubs training facility at Riverview construction in Mesa. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Mesa has put together a preliminary timeline for the construction of a new spring-training facility for the Chicago Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs are still seriously considering Mesa for a new spring training facility, Mesa officials said Friday, a day after the city feared its bid was in trouble.
Mayor touted his plans for Mesa and answered the questions of residents at a town-hall-like meeting Tuesday night at La Casita Community Center in Dobson Ranch.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith talks during the last of the summer series of town hall meetings in Mesa. Sept. 22, 2009.
It’s currently reminiscent of the ruins of the Colosseum in Rome. But when the Chicago Cubs’ new spring training stadium and surrounding amenities are complete, there’s little doubt it will be among Mesa’s main attractions.
The Chicago Cubs have an unconventional tenant in mind for their new training and entertainment complex in Mesa: Arizona State University’s Sun Devils.
Bob Romantic: Having a debate about public financing for sports stadiums is a lot like arguing politics. Most people are so far left or right on the issue that very little common sense comes out of the discussion. But Mesa’s proposal to build an $84 million spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs seems like a win-win situation for all of those involved.
From the concourse of Hohokam Park, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith holds a press conference on where the city stands in negotiations with the ownership of the Chicago Cubs. Nov. 4, 2009.
Members of Mesa’s Westwood Little League were special guests for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Chicago Cubs spring training facility at Mesa’s Riverview Park on Wednesday. The $99 million facility was made possible by the approval of city voters in the Nov. 2010 general election and is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2014 spring training season. [Mike Sakal/Tribune]
Chicago Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts (far left), Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Cubs owner Laura Ricketts move some dirt during the groundbreaking ceremonies for the forthcoming $99 million spring training facility for the Cubs at Mesa’s Riverview Park. The costs of the facility were approved by city voters during the general election in November 2010. [Mike Sakal/Tribune]
Bill and Dianne Keller of Mesa have been season ticket holders to Cubs spring training games for 33 years, and will continue that tradition at the new spring training facility scheduled for completion in late 2013. The Kellers were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new facility at Mesa’s Riverview Park on Wednesday. [Mike Sakal/Tribune]
Chicago Cubs owner tom Ricketts (second from left), Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Cubs owner Laura Ricketts and other officials break ground Wednesday on the forthcoming $99 million spring training facility for the Cubs at Mesa’s Riverview Park. [Mike Sakal/Tribune]
Family members of the late Robert Brinton were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremonies of the forthcoming Chicago Cubs spring training facility at Mesa’s Riverview Park on Wednesday. Robert Brinton, former president of the Mesa Visitors and Convention Bureau and an ardent Chicago Cubs fan, unexpectedly died age 60 in October, 2011. Brinton’s widow, Nanette Brinton (center, red shirt) is surrounded by some of their children on Wednesday. [Mike Sakal/Tribune]