MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs and the City of Mesa have announced that they will be breaking ground on a new spring training baseball facility this summer.
On Wednesday it was revealed that construction on the new facility is scheduled to begin on July 11.
Mesa, the Cubs, and Arizona State University are also in the final stages of an agreement that will make the new ballpark the home for the ASU baseball program.
“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 new ballpark will be located on the southeast corner of the intersection of the Loop 101 and 202 freeways in Mesa. The project costs $99 million and was overwhelming approved by Mesa voters in 2010.
The stadium will seat 15,000 fans, and will feature a video board, shaded seats and luxury suites. It will also include some of the unique aspects of Wrigley Field and a few distinctive features from the State of Arizona.
“This new facility will provide the best fan experience in Spring Training and offer world class training and development facilities for our players year round,” said Cubs executive vice president Mike Lufrano.
Further details about the stadium and its ground-breaking event will be available in late June.
For more information about the project visit www.mesaaz.gov.