A’s shifting spring training to Mesa in 2015
PHOENIX (AP) — The Oakland Athletics will move their spring training camp to nearby Mesa starting in 2015, agreeing to a 20-year deal following approval from the Mesa City Council.
The Chicago Cubs are moving out of HohoKam Park to a new facility in Mesa next spring, and the A’s will assume control of HohoKam Park and Fitch Park after their lease with Phoenix expires in December 2014.
Oakland trained in Mesa for a decade, at Rendezvous Park from 1969-76 and then at HohoKam from 1977-78. After three spring trainings at old Scottsdale Stadium, the A’s have been at Phoenix Municipal Stadium since 1982.
The new lease, including club options, could run through 2044. The A’s made the announcement Tuesday, a day after the council approved the deal.
Mesa and the A’s agreed to several improvements to HohoKam Park and Fitch, with the city of Mesa responsible for no more than $17.5 million. Among the renovations are moving the outfield fences, relocating the half field and replacing the right-field bleachers.
The Chicago Cubs are moving into a new Mesa facility next spring. They have trained in Mesa since 1952, moving to the HohoKam location in 1976. The stadium was remodeled in 1996.