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Created by evtrib on Jan 15, 2010
Last updated: 05/03/10 at 02:30 PM
Arizona’s lawmakers have failed to craft legislation needed to keep the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, opening the door for Florida to lure baseball’s most-attended spring training program.
The Arizona lawmaker sponsoring stalled legislation on financing for a new spring training complex in Mesa for the Chicago Cubs says he wants more time — a year — to work it out.
A group is emerging to defeat Mesa’s efforts for a new Chicago Cubs spring training complex.
Support has died for funding a new Chicago Cubs complex in Mesa by charging a ticket surcharge at every Valley stadium that hosts Cactus League games.
Lawmakers want to more than double the amount of money raised for the Valley’s spring training facilities as part of the latest financial plan to keep the Chicago Cubs in Mesa.
The office of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is opposing legislation that would build a new spring-training facility for the Chicago Cubs by creating a surcharge on tickets to all Phoenix-area spring-training games.
East Valley cities have lost one of their most powerful tools to use taxpayer money to lure shopping centers, auto malls and other developments to their communities, city leaders and real estate experts agree.
New details emerged Friday on the cost for a new Chicago Cubs spring training facility in Mesa, and where the money will come from.
Scott Smith gathered hundreds of residents and dignitaries into a hotel ballroom to deliver some of the best - and worst - news a mayor could offer.
Many of former Cubs players and fantasy campers shared their thoughts with the Tribune about the deal this week to keep the team a fixture in the Cactus League, as it has been for the last 57 years.
Mesa hasn't hit a home run yet in the game that is keeping the Chicago Cubs. It's merely gotten to first base.
The Chicago Cubs made it official Wednesday – they’re staying in Mesa. The team’s owners, Tom and Laura Ricketts, along with team president Crane Kenney, joined Gov. Jan Brewer, city officials, Cubs fans and local dignitaries at the Capitol on Wednesday morning, saying they’ll build a new spring training complex in Mesa despite a competing bid from Florida.
Mesa officials will gather at the state Capitol Wednesday morning to announce the Chicago Cubs are staying in Arizona.
Mesa is awaiting word at any hour that the Chicago Cubs will call Arizona their winter home for 25 more years after the City Council approved its end of a deal to build a new spring training complex, dubbed “Wrigleyville West.”
Mesa’s top officials are preparing for an announcement with the Chicago Cubs next week.
Mesa has a deal to keep the Chicago Cubs — and all it needs is for the team to sign it. In what could be a telling decision by the team’s executives, the Cubs told Mesa they will decide on an $84 million baseball complex shortly after the City Council formally endorses the deal.
It's no surprise to Mesa officials that the city is the favored home of the Chicago Cubs team for spring training as demonstrated by support the city received at a convention in Chicago Saturday, And Mesa officials say they have more than five decades of tradition to back up that confidence.
The Chicago Cubs are expected to make a decision within days about whether to keep spring training in Mesa or break with a half-century of tradition and move to Florida.
Apparently not even the economy is going to stop Chicago Cubs fans.
Mesa is confident the state's lawmakers will support a bill to fund a new Chicago Cubs training facility by tapping into tourism dollars and Cactus League ticket sales.
Downtown Mesa will get a major boost this year as merchants and the city launch four signature events that they want to grow into major annual festivals.
The Chicago Cubs are still seriously considering Mesa for a new spring training facility, Mesa officials said Friday, a day after the city feared its bid was in trouble.
Mesa refuses to upgrade a ballpark used by the Chicago Cubs unless the team enters more serious negotiations to keep spring training here.
A relocation of any kind would negatively impact businesses close to Hohokam Stadium.
The team's new owners visited Mesa the first week of November to review new spring training sites in the face of a competing bid from a Florida developer.
Fans at the new Diamondbacks spring-training ballpark at the Salt River reservation will be sun-splashed rather than sun-baked when it opens in 2011.
The family that took control of the Chicago Cubs came to Mesa on Tuesday as business and political leaders from across the state urged the team to keep its spring training operations here.
A Florida development team took aim at Mesa on Thursday by boasting of their ongoing talks with the Chicago Cubs as they work to snag the team's spring training from Arizona.
Several east Mesa landowners are eager to have the Chicago Cubs build a massive spring training facility on their land and will meet the team’s new owners during a visit next week.
The family that took ownership of the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday will visit Mesa in early November to get a pitch on why the team should keep its spring training in Arizona.
Mesa really hoped no Valley rival would step forward to vie for the honor of hosting the Chicago Cubs for baseball spring training.
Chandler is not taking sides when it comes to competing bids from two neighbors, Mesa and the Gila River Indian Community, to build a new spring training baseball stadium for the Chicago Cubs, said Mayor Boyd Dunn.
The Gila River Indian Community is making a pitch to host the Chicago Cubs for spring training, positioning itself as a rival that could woo the team away from its longtime home in Mesa.
A tweet from U.S. Sen. John McCain’s official account Tuesday afternoon read: “Met with Joe Ricketts, the new owner of the Cubs — I told him I hope the Cubs will stay in Mesa for spring training!”
Mesa must build a new training facility and stadium to match a pitch Florida is making to win the Chicago Cubs, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said Tuesday.
Without the Chicago Cubs and their die-hard fans showing up in Arizona every spring training season, the Cactus League could lose $31.1 million and Arizona more than $52 million by way of reduced economic activity, according to a study commissioned by Mesa released Wednesday.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, City Manager Chris Brady and House Speaker Kirk Adams, R-Mesa, are headed to Chicago mid-September to do whatever they can to hold on to the city's greatest tourism attraction - the Chicago Cubs.
The Cactus League, its geographic balance shifting westward in recent years, soon will add two teams to the East Valley's side of the scales.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith has started to prepare the public for the possibility that the Chicago Cubs could be gone in four years.
Any financial investment, private or public, to build spring training facilities right now is "a difficult proposition," Mesa Mayor Scott Smith told reporters Tuesday.
The Chicago Cubs, a Mesa institution for decades, announce they want improvements to their spring training facilities. And if the city balks, the team says it will walk.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Mesa officials have had preliminary discussions about building a two-team spring training facility near the proposed Gaylord resort and convention center in east Mesa.