Results tagged ‘ HoHoKam Park ’

3/10 Fans sign Santo flag at HoHoKam


3/2 Cubs wives food drive Sunday

The Cubs wives will host their 14th annual food drive to benefit Paz de Cristo on Sunday at HoHoKam Stadium. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to Gate D. The first 500 fans who make a donation of 10 non-perishable food items or $20 will be able to select a 5×7 autographed photo of a Cubs player. There is a limit of two photos per person while supplies last.

— Carrie Muskat

2/18 Mesa crew honors Lubie

The grounds crew in Mesa, Ariz., has planted a plum tree and will add a plaque at HoHoKam Park in honor of Lubie Veal, the former head groundskeeper for the Cubs, who died last August. Veal was 86. The Murray, Ky., native also worked for the Reds, Expos, Red Sox, and Braves.

— Carrie Muskat

2/17 Cubs, HoHoKam golf event

The Cubs and Mesa HoHoKams will host the inaugural Chicago Cubs Charities Amateur Golf Tournament March 18 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa. Proceeds from the event will benefit Chicago Cubs Charities, which supports the HoHoKam Foundation, Sunshine Acres Children’s Home and the Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.

Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Billy Williams are among those scheduled to participate. Information and registration is now open at

Players will be grouped into foursomes and assigned a celebrity guest for the tournament. The event includes breakfast, 18 holes of golf, a luncheon at HoHoKam Stadium and tickets to the Cubs’ Cactus League game against the Reds. Check-in at the golf course begins at 6:30 a.m. MT, and the shotgun start takes place at 7:30 a.m. MT.

— Carrie Muskat

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 

4/1 Thanks, everybody

The Cubs drew 10,005 on Thursday in the last home game at HoHoKam this season. That puts the spring total at 152,493 for 14 home dates. It’s the lowest since 2003 when the Cubs drew 133,616 in 15 home dates. Last year in 19 home games, the Cubs drew 203,105.

— Carrie Muskat

11/4 Ricketts to tour Mesa sites

The Ricketts family was to tour Mesa, Ariz., on Wednesday by helicopter to look at potential sites along the Loop 202 freeway for the Cubs’ Spring Training home. Last month, new Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts was in Collier County, Fla., to do the same, looking at three sites near Naples.

The Cubs want 120 contiguous acres where they can build a 15,000-seat stadium, have at least six practice fields, and upgraded facilities for player development. The team has outgrown its current site in Mesa.

On Tuesday night, Arizona officials delivered their sales pitch to the Ricketts family at a dinner at the Red Mountain Ranch Country Club. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer attended, and the session included a video message from Sen. John McCain, who wished the Cubs a World Series victory, according to the East Valley Tribune.

“Please stay with us,” McCain said.

Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, who is president of the Phoenix Greater Economic Council, also made a presentation.

“We’re really committed to make sure we can address all your issues,” Bidwill said.

The Cubs’ contract with Mesa and HoHoKam Stadium allows the team to buy out of the deal after 2012. The team has practiced in Mesa since the 1950s, and called its current site home since 1979. The Cubs are the top draw in the Cactus League, and a recent survey showed they provide $52 million to the state’s economy.

— Carrie Muskat 

9/15 Looking ahead

According to reports, Tom Ricketts, Cubs GM Jim Hendry and team chairman Crane Kenney met Monday night with Arizona officials to discuss possible improvements at the team’s Spring Training complex in Mesa, Ariz. Ricketts, the Cubs’ incoming owner, also has reportedly toured Fenway Park to see how the ballpark handles a video scoreboard. The Cubs have called Mesa their spring home since 1979. HoHoKam Park was remodeled for the 1997 season, but the team wants to update the facilities.

— Carrie Muskat

8/26 Spring Training

The Cubs have reportedly informed Mesa, Ariz., officials they may leave if the city won’t improve the Spring Training facilities there and add more seats to HoHoKam Park. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith was putting a delegation together to meet with Cubs officials about what the city can do. The Cubs can leave Mesa in 2012 because of an opt-out provision. The Cubs have called Mesa their spring home since 1979.

— Carrie Muskat