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MESA, Ariz. — There’s still some finishing touches to be done at the Cubs’ new Spring Training facility in west Mesa, which will be officially opened on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The front entrance to the team offices is waiting for a new desk and the walls to be finished, and there’s scaffolding under the stairs. Boxes are stacked in various rooms, waiting to be emptied. Some of the early bird players were wandering the halls, trying to find shortcuts from the meal room to the locker room.
Fans who want to watch workouts can enter on Cubs Way off of Rio Salado Parkway on the far west side of the facility. A security guard said fans should be able to park there, watch the workouts, then walk along the west side of the facility and get to the stadium without having to move their cars. That is subject to change, of course.
It was cloudy and cool on Thursday but there were several players in camp, including Travis Wood, Darwin Barney, Logan Watkins, Donnie Murphy, Nate Schierholtz, James Russell, Blake Parker, Edwin Jackson, Josh Vitters, Matt Szczur and Chris Rusin. There also were a few non-roster invitees, including Ryan Kalish.
Pitchers and catchers report in one week, Feb. 13, with the first workout the next day. The first game is Feb. 27 vs. the Diamondbacks.
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs fans who can’t get to Arizona for Spring Training will be able to follow the team on the air. The majority of the Cubs’ Cactus League games will be available via television, radio or Internet radio broadcast. A Cubs game will be available every game day of the spring schedule via one or more broadcast mediums, and 33 of the 36 games are scheduled to be available overall.
The schedule features 10 games televised by Cubs broadcast partners (four by WGN and six by Comcast SportsNet), an increase from the six televised last season. There will be eight on the WGN Cubs radio network and 23 via Internet radio broadcast on Cubs.com. Fans will be able to access the Cubs webcasts on Cubs.com and MLB.com for free by registering for a log-in account with the website.
WGN TV will broadcast the first game from the team’s new spring home, Cubs Park, on Thursday, Feb. 27 against the Diamondbacks. WGN Radio will have its first broadcast the next day, Feb. 28, for the game against the Angels and feature the debut of new analyst Ron Coomer. Comcast SportsNet’s first game will be Sunday, March 16 against the Indians.
Cubs TV play-by-play announcer Len Kasper will again join Mick Gillispie, radio broadcaster for Double-A Tennessee, for most of the Cubs.com Internet radio broadcasts. You can find the Spring Training schedule on Cubs.com.
Another photo from Cubs prospect Dustin Geiger, who is already in Mesa, Ariz., prepping for Spring Training. I asked if he could send some pictures of sunshine since it’s so cold here in Chicago, and he obliged. Tickets for spring games go on sale Saturday and there will be an open house on Jan. 25 at the new Cubs Park in Mesa. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13.
Want to see the Cubs play in their new Spring Training facility in Mesa, Ariz.? Single game tickets go on sale at the Cubs Park box office in Mesa on Saturday at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST. Tickets will be available at the same time by phone at 1-800-THE-CUBS and at Cubs.com. Fans interested in purchasing tickets in-person in Mesa will have an opportunity to get a sneak peak at the new ballpark between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. MST.
The first game at Cubs Park will be Feb. 27 vs. the Diamondbacks.
Here are details for purchasing Spring Training single game tickets:
* Purchasing in-person
Tickets may be purchased at Cubs Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ. The box office opens Saturday at 10 a.m. MST. Standard hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST, Saturday through March 27.
* Purchasing tickets by phone and online
Tickets may be purchased over the phone by dialing 1-800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or online by visiting Cubs.com beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST.
The Cubs are hoping to find someone willing to buy naming rights for the new Spring Training stadium in Mesa, Ariz. For now, the ballpark will be called Cubs Park. Justin Piper, the GM for business operations in Mesa, said the name could change. The Cubs will play their first game at the new stadium Feb. 27 against the Diamondbacks. On Jan. 25, the city of Mesa will hold a public grand opening for the stadium and the surrounding park. In 2010, Mesa voters approved a $99 million outlay of public money for the stadium complex, located at what was Riverview Golf Course in west Mesa.
The Cubs released the 2014 Spring Training schedule on Monday. They will play their first Cactus League game at their new spring stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 27 against the Diamondbacks and finish the schedule with two games at Chase Field in Phoenix. The 2014 Spring Training schedule includes 16 home games, 16 Cactus League road games, a pair of games in Las Vegas and two games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
On March 15-16, the Cubs travel to Las Vegas for a two-game split-squad series against the Mets. The Cubs also will play one home night game in Mesa on March 24 against the Padres.
Individual game tickets for 2014 Cubs home Spring Training games will go on sale Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. CT at the ballpark’s ticket office, on http://www.Cubs.com, or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. Season tickets at the Cubs new spring ballpark are on sale now and group tickets will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. CT by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS.
All Cubs home Spring Training games begin at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time unless otherwise noted. Split squad games are denoted with an “ss.”
2014 Cubs Spring Training Schedule
(Date, Opponent, Site)
Feb. 27: vs. Diamondbacks, Mesa
Feb. 28: at Angels, Tempe
March 1 (ss): vs. Giants, Mesa; at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale (7:10 p.m.)
March 2: vs. Royals, Mesa
March 3: at Brewers, Maryvale
March 4: vs. Athletics, Mesa
March 5: vs. Rockies, Mesa
March 6: at Indians, Goodyear
March 7 (ss): vs. Indians, Mesa; at Angels, Tempe
March 8: at Reds, Goodyear
March 9: vs. Brewers, Mesa
March 10: at Giants, Scottsdale
March 11: vs. Rockies, Mesa
March 12: at Mariners, Peoria
March 13: Off day
March 14: vs. Dodgers, Mesa
March 15 (ss): at Royals, Surprise; vs. Mets, Las Vegas
March 16 (ss): vs. Indians, Mesa; vs. Mets, Las Vegas
March 17 (ss): vs. Angels, Mesa; at Athletics, Phoenix
March 18: at Rangers, Surprise (7:05 p.m.)
March 19: at Rockies, Scottsdale (6:40 p.m.)
March 20: vs. Mariners, Mesa
March 21: at White Sox, Glendale
March 22: vs. Reds, Mesa
March 23: at Athletics, Phoenix
March 24: vs. Padres, Mesa (7:05 p.m.)
March 25 (ss): vs. Angels, Mesa; at Padres, Peoria (7:05 p.m.)
March 26: at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale
March 27: vs. White Sox, Mesa
March 28: at Diamondbacks, Chase Field
March 29: at Diamondbacks, Chase Field
– Carrie Muskat