Sloan Park is an American baseball park in Mesa, Arizona, which opened in 2014. The primary operator is the Chicago Cubs and the ballpark serves as their spring training home and is also the home of the Arizona League Cubs of the Arizona League and the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. Sloan Park was built and paid for by residents of the City of Mesa, approved by ballot measure. It was primarily built to house spring training operations for the Chicago Cubs, who had previously played at nearby Hohokam Stadium.[3] The stadium design was led by Populous. The dimensions of the playing surface closely match those of the Cubs' regular home stadium, Wrigley Field. There are many secondary fields at the park, most of which are training and practice fields.

Sloan Park

Sloan Park in February 2017
Former namesCubs Park (2014)
Location2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Mesa, AZ 85201
Coordinates33°25′53″N 111°52′54″W / 33.4313°N 111.8816°W / 33.4313; -111.8816
OwnerCity of Mesa[2]
OperatorChicago Cubs
Field sizeLeft – 360 feet (110 m)
LC – 366 feet (112 m)
Center – 410 feet (125 m)
RC – 398 feet (121 m)
Right – 360 feet (110 m)
Broke groundJuly 11, 2012[1]
OpenedFebruary 12, 2014; 9 years ago (2014-02-12)
Construction costUS$99 million
ArchitectPopulous & DWL Architects + Planners, Inc.
Chicago Cubs (MLB) (spring training) (2014–present)
Arizona League Cubs (AzL) (2014–present)
Mesa Solar Sox (AFL) (2014–present)

With a capacity of 15,000, Sloan Park is the largest spring training stadium by capacity in Major League Baseball, surpassing Camelback Ranch in Glendale (coincidentally, spring training home of the Cubs' in-city rival the Chicago White Sox) by 2,000 seats.[4]

Formerly known as Cubs Park, on January 8, 2015, it was announced that Sloan Valve Company had signed a naming-rights deal to the ballpark, giving it its current Sloan Park name.[5] The stadium is currently the newest stadium in the Cactus League.[6] While it is home to these spring training games, it has also hosted some youth tournaments.

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  1. ^ "Groundbreaking scheduled for new Cubs spring facility". 10 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Chicago Cubs Spring Training Facility and Riverview Site Development Riverview Park Tree Salvage - Project Number 10-554-001". Archived from the original on 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  3. ^ Tribune, Garin Groff. "Mesa Council expected to approve Cubs deal Monday".
  4. ^ "Cubs Park dedicated in Mesa, ready for Spring Training's first pitch". Chicago Cubs. February 12, 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  5. ^ Muskat, Carrie (January 8, 2015). "Cubs rename spring home Sloan Park". Major League Baseball. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  6. ^ "Sloan Park".

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