The Chicago Cubs say they will continue to hold spring training at Mesa, Ariz., for at least two more years, if $400,000 in ballpark renovations are completed as promised at HoHoKam Park.
In announcing the agreement with Mesa on Wednesday, Cubs spokesman Ned Colletti declined comment on speculation that the team had been considering a move to Florida.The agreement is keyed to construction of a new practice field, a 450-seat stadium addition and a locker-room facility at the city-owned park by mid-February, when spring training begins, said Mike Hutchinson, Mesa's assistant city manager.
"We don't have it in writing, but they've told us they were going to stay," Hutchinson said. "All they have to do is sign a contract, and we can go from there."
Tenative plans call for the cost of the ballpark improvements to be split among the city, the Mesa Convention and Visitor Bureau and a Cubs booster group called the HoHoKams.