Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Cubs Rumored Thinking About Switching To The Grapefruit League
The Chicago Cubs may very well leave their spring training home in Mesa, Ariz., for a plush facility somewhere else, but the odds of that facility being in Sarasota are slim, according to Robert Brinton, president of the Cactus League Association.I'm trying to imagine what a mess Hohokam parking would be if it had to support, say, an 18,000-seat park. As with Camelback Ranch, the parking lots are deep, and there's only one way in or out, compounded by the fact that the arteries are two-lane roads inside the park complex. At least with Hohokam, it's possible — and far easier — to park offsite.
With the exception of 1966, the Cubs have trained in either Scottsdale, Ariz., or their current home of Mesa every spring since 1952.
They are by far the biggest draw in the Cactus League. According to Brinton, the 20 biggest crowds ever to see a spring training game in Arizona involve the Cubs.
The team’s lease with the city of Mesa runs through 2016, but they can opt out in 2012 for $4.2million.
Tom Ricketts, who is in the process of buying the Cubs, said he would be interested in moving the Cubs out of Arizona to Sarasota.