Spring break has begun at many schools, and there are many Cubs fans flocking to Mesa, AZ, to see the Cubs new spring training home, Cubs Park. So far, fan reaction has been positive overall, and the Cubs keep setting Cactus League attendance records.
While building Cubs Park the Cubs wanted to create an atmosphere conducive to baseball that would combine hints of Wrigley Field with new spring training amenities not found at HoHoKam. What they ended up with was all that and more.
Visitors to Cubs Park will notice a familiar looking clock atop the video board in left field that is similar to the clock on the scoreboard at Wrigley Field. The area behind home plate is reminiscent of Wrigley Field with a brick wall and advertising. The architecture of the lights on the first and third base sides contain arches like those at Wrigley. Even the press box looks similar to the press box at Wrigley Field. A replica marquee is located near the first base gate where fans can have their names put on the marquee and take photos.
Realizing many fans like to party at spring training, he Cubs have encouraged tailgating prior to games and have added a Budweiser party deck beyond the left field berm with bleacher seating and another party deck beyond the right field berm. Those who want to sit in the Budweiser party deck will have to purchase a special ticket, but the cost is the same as a berm ticket. Fans will also find a citrus orchard with picnic tables.
The total capacity of the new park is just under 15,000 when you add up the bowl, which seats 9,200 and the seating on the berms, the Budweiser patio, the right field party patio and suites. This makes Cubs Park the largest of the spring training parks in the Valley, yet it keeps its charm and feel as a spring training venue. The Cubs also claim to have the most seats in the shade. And because the Cubs wanted to make the park family friendly, a small field for children can be found beyond the berm in center field. Fans that want to get out of the sun will find a wide open concourse with a view of the field.
A variety of foods are offered on the concourse. In addition to the food offered at on the concourse, fans should make their way to the citrus orchard where they will find food trucks with more offerings. Trucks change from game to game. Click here to find what trucks will be at Cubs Park on what days.
Whether shade or sun is preferred, there are places all over the park for fans to go and still enjoy watching the game. The Cubs have really done this facility the right way, making it accessible for everyone and offering several options for food, drink and venues to watch games. Be sure to take a look around, and watch the game from the different areas of the ballpark. Cubs Park is a gem.