Contacts: Bob Rose, Oakland A’s
Director of Public Relations
Steven Wright, City of Mesa
Director of Public Information & Communications
Mesa, AZ –Mesa City Council has formally approved an agreement reached last week with the Oakland Athletics. The unanimous vote follows the deal announced last Thursday between the City and the A’s on a 20-year agreement for the team to train in Mesa, beginning in February 2015. The A’s, who also hold two five-year options that could extend the contract to 30 years, will conduct workouts at Fitch Park and play their spring training games at Hohokam Stadium.
“We are excited to renew our relationship with the Oakland A’s,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “We look forward to them being a part of Mesa’s spring training family for decades to come.”
Last week, Mesa also announced that the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority approved advancing $8.2 million to the City to defray the costs of its share of the stadium improvements.”
“This agreement is really a win-win situation for both the City of Mesa and for the Oakland A’s. We get to bring the A’s back to Mesa for Spring Training and keep Hohokam Stadium and Fitch Park at the forefront of Major League Baseball training facilities,” District 1 Councilmember Dave Richins said.
The Oakland A’s are no stranger to Mesa having called the City its Spring Training home from 1969 to1978—a period in which the A’s won three straight World Series championships from 1972 to1974. The A’s were the first team to use Hohokam Stadium in 1977 and will now get a newly renovated stadium to welcome them back to Mesa.
“We are extremely excited about our future spring home and want to thank the City of Mesa for all their hard work and cooperation in making this agreement possible,” A’s Owner and Managing Partner Lew Wolff said. “With the improvements planned over the next two years, we believe Hohokam Stadium and surrounding facilities will rival any in Major League Baseball. Our players and coaches, as well as our great fans, will be the beneficiaries. Today we begin a new chapter of our spring training history in Arizona.”
The Chicago Cubs will vacate Fitch Park and Hohokam Stadium at the end of 2013, which will allow the City of Mesa to upgrade the facilities in 2014.
Mesa will now host two spring training teams with updated and new stadiums, making it a premiere destination for Cactus League spring training baseball.
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