11/27 Spring Training

Some members of the Ricketts family will travel to Naples, Fla., this coming week to review possible Spring Training sites in Collier County. Meanwhile, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith told the East Valley (Ariz.) Tribune that the city should know within a few weeks whether the Cubs will keep their Spring Training facility in Arizona. The Ricketts family, who took over ownership of the Cubs in late October, toured Mesa the first week of November during the Cubs’ organizational meetings and looked at possible sites.

According to the East Valley Tribune, Smith said the Ricketts family seemed pleased with several sites along the Loop 202 freeway in east Mesa. A new facility would likely cost $80 million and the project would be funded with yet to be determined mix of private and government monies.

– Carrie Muskat

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