Sloan Park is
the spring training
Attractions of note for out-of-towners to visit in downtown Mesa include the Mesa Arts Center, which is home to four theaters and five art galleries, and three museums near it: the Arizona Museum for Youth, the Arizona Museum of Natural History, and "Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience," a Mesa Historical Museum project that chronicles the history of spring training baseball in Arizona, with an emphasis given to the Cactus League's tenure in Mesa.
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We are busy planning the 2017 Desert Dog Police K-9 Trials. The
K-9 Trials will be held at the new Sloan Park, on May 6th & 7th, 2017.
The stadium is located at 2330 West Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, Arizona.
From the east/west: Take Loop 202 to the Dobson Road exit. Travel south on Dobson for 0.7 miles, then turn right onto West Rio Salado Parkway. The stadium is a short distance ahead on the right.
From the north/south: Take Loop 101 to the Rio Salado Parkway exit (#52). Go east and almost immediately, the Cubs' complex will be visible on the left hand side.
A taste of Wrigley came West with the debut of Sloan Park in 2014. Featuring a pair of light towers on its roof that mimic those of its inspirational counterpart in Chicago, the Cubs' winter home in Mesa has a few touches that pay homage to Wrigley Field, none more cleverly integrated than the outfield berm, which is shaped and sloped to match the look of Wrigley's iconic bleachers. While the brick backstop was easy to replicate, the ballpark's designers at Populous got creative when creating the Cubs' Arizona version of Wrigleyville's rooftops and that's how the left field-spanning rooftop party deck came into being. It's a bleachers and beer area that is on top of a big building that contains bathrooms and concessions. Food options here are plentiful and so too are seats in the shade. That makes for a pleasant day at the ballpark for many, and more people can attend a game here than anywhere else in Cactus or Grapefruit league history, as the 15,000-person capacity of Sloan Park makes it the largest venue ever built for spring training, a fact that's not likely to change anytime soon. Also a record-breaking and hard to beat large number is $99 million, which was the cost to Mesa taxpayers to build the Cubs their complex with its centerpiece stadium on 140 acres of city land that was previously home to a public golf course. The $99 million spent to replace what was a 9-hole course is record-setting for the public funding of a spring training facility. Some of that money was used to spruce up the adjacent Riverview Park but the bulk was spent on retaining the Cubs, who have trained continuously in Mesa since 1979. They're now guaranteed to remain in Arizona's third largest city through at least 2043 thanks to Mesa's generosity in building a replacement for Hohokam Park, the just 16-year old ballpark at the time that the Cubs left it behind to move a few miles west, where the team fully pockets the proceeds for the naming rights to what was simply known as "Cubs Park" until January 8, 2015, when it was announced that the Sloan Valve Company, a commercial plumbing manufacturer located in a Chicago suburb, paid a significant but undisclosed amount to gain brand recognition for their products, which most notably include flush valves for toilets, via the Cubs' splendid home in the American Southwest.