According to multiple reports Monday night, the Mesa City Council approved “its proposal to spend $84 million for a new spring training complex for the Cubs and is now awaiting official word from the team, which is expected within days.”
According to the Tribune, if the Cubs board approves the proposal, the two sides would “enter into an exclusive negotiations period.” The Tribune indicated the Cubs have not ruled out a move to Naples, Florida … but sources told the Tribune, that Naples is “only an in case scenario.” The new deal for the Cubs would include an $84 million stadiums and training facility for the Cubs and would keep the team in Arizona for the next 25 years.
According to a report from the AP, the Cubs “must decide to give Mesa exclusive negotiating rights by the end of the week for the agreement to move forward.”
The new deal in Mesa would include a 15,000-seat stadium and a 50,000 square-foot clubhouse with locker rooms, a nutritional center and other amentities. Under the contract, the Cubs would manage the complex and control the naming rights as well as pickup additional revenue through advertising and signage.
The Cubs would be the only team in the new complex … labeled “Wrigleyville West” in the deal released last Thursday.
Stay Tuned …