Hunt selected by City of Mesa for Chicago Cubs spring training facility
Hunt, along with design firm Populous, have been selected for the construction of the $99 million Chicago Cubs spring training complex in Mesa, Arizona. Both Hunt and Populous have extensive experience locally in designing and building sports venues.
Populous is one of the nation’s most experienced stadium designers having designed 118 new ballparks, including 22 Major League Baseball spring training facilities. Hunt has also left a strong imprint on the Valley’s sports landscape. Local projects include Chase Field and U.S Airways Center in Phoenix, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale and Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
The new complex, approved by Mesa voters last year, is scheduled to open in 2014 for spring training season.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said the focus is on building a destination that would give fans a unique experience, combining Cactus League baseball with other attractions at Wrigleyville West, a privately-financed commercial development located nearby.
Wrigleyville West’s attractions are expected to include restaurants, stores and a Cactus League museum that would include a Cubs’ component. The Cubs will develop Wrigleyville West.
The City of Mesa also will upgrade Riverview Park, which includes a lake, soccer fields and softball fields at the intersection of the Loop 101 and 202 freeways. The nine-hole golf course will close and be used for the new spring training complex.
Hunt is proud to be working with the City of Mesa and Populous on this impressive new facility. Based out of Scottsdale, Hunt has worked with the talented and dedicated local workforce on large-scale projects many times over the years and we are looking forward to working with the community again on this spring training complex.