Results tagged ‘ Cactus League ’

12/4 Tentative Spring Training schedule

Are you thinking about going to Arizona for Spring Training? The Cactus League has released a tentative schedule for 2011 and here are the Cubs’ home/away dates. Remember, these are subject to change, and the Cubs still may add a weekend trip to Las Vegas. All home games are at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz.:

Feb. 27: Athletics at Cubs
Feb. 28: Brewers at Cubs
March 1: Cubs at Giants, Scottsdale, AZ
March 2: Cubs at Brewers, Maryvale, AZ
March 3: Rangers at Cubs
March 4: Cubs at Royals, Surprise, AZ
March 5: Padres at Cubs
March 6: Cubs (ss) at Reds, Goodyear, AZ; and Dodgers at Cubs
March 7: Angels at Cubs
March 8: Cubs at Rockies, Salt River, AZ
March 9: Royals at Cubs
March 10: Indians at Cubs
March 11: Cubs at White Sox, Glendale, AZ
March 12: Reds at Cubs
March 13: Cubs at Diamondbacks, Salt River, AZ
March 14: Cubs at Mariners, Peoria, AZ
March 15: Rockies at Cubs
March 16: OFF
March 17: Cubs at Athletics, Phoenix
March 18: Reds at Cubs
March 19: Cubs at Padres, Peoria, AZ
March 20: Giants at Cubs
March 21: Cubs at Angels, Tempe, AZ
March 22: Cubs at Dodgers, Glendale, AZ
March 23: Athletics at Cubs
March 24: White Sox at Cubs
March 25: Mariners at Cubs
March 26: Cubs at Rangers, Surprise, AZ
March 27: Rockies at Cubs
March 28: Cubs at Indians, Goodyear, AZ
March 29: Diamondbacks at Cubs

The Cubs also may play at HoHoKam Park on March 30 in an exhibition game against their Minor League players. Details are still being worked out.

— Carrie Muskat

4/2 Some spring crowd noise

The Cubs averaged 10,892 fans in 14 games at HoHoKam Park this spring, drawing a total 152,493. That’s the top average home attendance in the Major Leagues this spring. This is the seventh straight year the Cubs have led the Cactus League in per game attendance.

The Cubs’ home attendance is listed as 164,046 in official MLB stats because that includes the March 13 game in Las Vegas. The Cubs were the home team that day.

They also were part of the Cactus League single-game record of 13,629, set March 28 in Peoria against the Seattle Mariners.

* The average attendance for a Cactus League game this spring was approximately 6,800 per game. The Cubs are a little more than 4,000 fans ahead of the Cactus League per game average. 

* The Cubs helped establish since-surpassed single-game marks on consecutive days in Glendale — 13,391 on March 18 vs. the Dodgers; 13,413 on March 19 vs. the White Sox. 

* The Cubs set an all-time HoHoKam Park attendance record on March 27 when they drew  13,462 fans for a game against the Padres.

* Last year, the Cubs set an all-time Cactus League record with 203,105 fans in 19 games at HoHoKam Park, an average of 10,690 per game.

* The Cubs have played in 15 of the top 20 top drawing Spring Training games of all time.

— Carrie Muskat 

3/27 Selig: No "Cubs tax"

MLB commissioner Bud Selig said Saturday his office has stepped in to determine a way to finance the Cubs’ new Spring Training facility and avoid implementing a ticket surcharge to Cactus League games.

The commissioner was at HoHoKam Park to watch the Cubs play the San Diego Padres. He said John McHale, executive vice president, administration and chief information officer for Major League Baseball, is working full-time on the matter.

“[We’re trying to] find the best economic solution and we’ll go talk to everybody,” Selig said. “It is in our hands, it’s completely in our hands. We’re going to have to find a solution that we accept and if it involves a municipality, we’ll talk to them. We’re looking for the economic solution.”

On March 18, the Arizona House of Representatives approved a Spring Training ticket surcharge plan designed to generate more than $100 million for improvements to facilities across the Valley over the next 30 years. Arizona Republican Rep. John McComish had pushed the surcharge in House Bill 2736 despite opposition from other Cactus League teams. That bill is now dormant in the Arizona Legislature.

“To tax everybody for somebody is a dangerous precedent,” Selig said. “That could be dangerous not only to Spring Training but at the Major League level. There are economic solutions to everything and we have to be smart about it. We’re working on a couple things now and I’m satisfied we’ll work it out.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/19 Cubs set Cactus League record – again

The Cubs helped set a Cactus League attendance record for the second straight day. Friday’s crowd of 13,413 at Glendale Ranch for the Cubs’ game against the White Sox topped the mark of 13,391 set Thursday for the Cubs’ game vs. the Dodgers. The Cubs have been part of nine of the top 10 single-game attendance records.

— Carrie Muskat

2/22 Tickets available for AZ games

If you haven’t made plans to come to Arizona for Spring Training, you might want to reconsider. There are tickets available. Cactus League president Robert Brinton said he expects attendance to be down this spring, partly because of economy.

“Overall, the economic impact is more than $300 million every year and that’s a significant factor for our state,” Brinton told Phoenix radio station, KTAR. “The economy is having an effect but ticket sales are starting to come through which indicates that fans are maybe holding onto their money a little longer. But when it comes right down to it, we’re still going to see good attendance at Spring Training games.”

There’s a new team in Arizona with the addition of the Cincinnati Reds, who will share a facility in Goodyear with the Cleveland Indians. The Cubs begin games on March 4, playing host to Oakland at HoHoKam Park.

— Carrie Muskat