A lot has been going on since my last blog, but I’ll tell you about all that later. I’m posting some photos I shot today at a media tour of the Cubs new spring training facility here in Mesa. This is a photographic essay on the progress to date of the complex fans refer to as Wrigleyville West. Some areas are still under construction and not able to be viewed, such as the Cubs clubhouse. As always, click the photo to see it larger.
Justin Piper, Cubs General Manager Spring Training Business Operations led the tour.
The first stop was in the batting cage, with 12 cages for hitting.
This grass area between the cages and training facility building (right) is for agility work.
Outside the training building is a spongy track. The weight room has large pull-open doors that open to the outside.
Weight room has two levels, and is massive compared to Fitch Park’s weight room.
The upper level is for cardio with bikes and elliptical’s.
Ride and watch the HD big screen, or look out to the view.
Training tables, another full row on the other side of short wall.
Aqua therapy room.
Training facility building houses, offices, weight room, aqua therapy, media facilities, and much more.
Training building as seen looking to west
Walkway between stadium and training building, which is west of stadium.
Justin leads us to the stadium.
You’ll be able to get your food and see the game! No interior tunnel concourse like Hohokam.
The field as seen looking NE towards center field.
Looking down right field seating (east), the new park has plenty of shade!
Looking towards left field (North), scoreboard will go in middle with secondary banners on sides.
Closer view of left field berm and scoreboard stanchions.
Down to the field.
Right field grandstands with shade.
Second story suites.
Cubs dugout on third base line, opposite of Hohokam, but same as Wrigley.
First time on the field for me. Nearly ready for the Cubs to get started in 2014!
Tim Sheridan is a Cubs fanatic who also happens to be the Cubs spring training public address announcer at Sloan Stadium and your tour guide here at boysofspring.com.
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