According to multiple reports, the voters of Mesa approved funding for construction of a new spring training facility for the Cubs on Tuesday night.
“With nearly all of the ballots counted Tuesday night, the proposal was leading by 21,000 votes out of the 86,000 cast.” From the Associated Press:
“The city will provide up to $99 million to construct the complex two miles southwest of the team’s current facility at Hohokam Park. Any additional funds and upkeep of the new park will be financed by the Cubs, who plan to develop a shopping and entertainment area near the ballpark.
The team, which regularly draws the biggest spring training crowds in Arizona, has trained in Mesa since 1979 and had an earlier stint in the city from 1952 to 1965.
Mesa’s funding will come, in large part, from the sale of undeveloped city land.”