12/1 Cubs brass visit Florida governor

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts and team president Crane Kenney were in Tallahassee on Tuesday to meet with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and other state officials. The topic of discussion is the Cubs’ possibly relocating their Spring Training facilities to the Sunshine State and Collier County near Naples. Ricketts and Kenney looked at several sites in September, and were believed to have narrowed the list to three. If the Cubs did re-locate in Florida, the project would primarily be privately funded.

The Cubs have not ruled out staying in Arizona, and looked at some possible locations in early November. Ricketts and Kenney also met with Arizona state officials at a dinner.

— Carrie Muskat



Carrie, regardless of the Cubs staying in AZ or moving tl FL, is it a foregone conclusion they will be vacating their current facilities in Hohokam/Mesa?

Yes, they are moving out of HoHoKam Park, but not until after the 2011 season — at the earliest. If they get a good deal/location in Mesa, they’ll stay in Arizona and it won’t be within walking distance from the current location.

The Ricketts family is sure showing Cub fans their idea of loyalty. I hope they find out soon it’s a two way street! It would be nice to see about 5, 000 fans at games in Naples.

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