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Cubs sign 30-year deal to keep spring training home in Mesa

Oct 18, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

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City council members in Mesa, Arizona voted unanimously to approve a 30-year contract with the Cubs that will include a new $99 million spring training complex.

Last year voters in Mesa approved the deal by a 2-to-1 margin, but Garin Groff of the East Valley Tribune reports that protesters have said the public wasn’t fully aware of the details at the time of the voting.

There’s also some controversy about bidding for the project and the below-market sale of nearby land to the Cubs.

According to Groff the current plan is to begin construction in the spring and complete the job by 2014, with the project involving 96 acres of land that is currently a golf course. Mesa has been the Cubs’ spring training home since 1979.

  1. 78mu - Oct 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Maybe the city is counting on a swarm of traffic that will come the spring after the Cubs win the WS.

    After all, what are the odds a team with a big payroll and huge fan base will go 30 years without winning one championship? Even the Royals won a WS in 1985 and the Marlins, even though they’ve existed less than 30 years, have won twice.

    The politicians in Mesa are hoping the Cubs will make them look smart.

    • sknut - Oct 18, 2011 at 1:57 PM

      “The politicians in Mesa are hoping the Cubs will make them look smart.”
      If your relying on the Cubs success to make you look smart, well you might want to find a new line of work.

  2. whitecastleisafoodgroup - Oct 18, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    78mu,

    Actually it would be over 130 years without a World Series title :/

    • 78mu - Oct 18, 2011 at 2:33 PM

      But the politicians in Mesa are unaware of the previous 103 years of Cub history. They figure the Cubs have to win once in the next 30 years. What are the odds?

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 18, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    The rumors are that Theo was disappointed in the quality of Fried Chicken and beer in the Mesa area, so they wanted to sign the deal quickly before he officially came on board.

  4. tacklemeelmo - Oct 18, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    30 year deal? Did I stumble into the NHL board?

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