Renovations underway to Hohokam Stadium and Fitch Park training facility for Oakland Athletics
By: Kevin Christopher
03/13/14 5:37 PM
March 13, 2014
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Steve Wright
Mesa, AZ – Massive renovations are now taking place at Hohokam Stadium and the Fitch Park training facility to accommodate the Oakland Athletics. The facilities will serve as the A’s spring training home beginning with the 2015 Cactus League season. City and team officials got a tour of the construction sites today along with members of the media.
“I believe the changes at Hohokam to become the new spring training home of the A’s will be dramatic and offer a great experience to fans,” Mesa City Manager Chris Brady said. “Likewise, it is amazing to see how the expansion at Fitch Park is already taking place and the amenities being put in for the players.”
The improvements to Hohokam Stadium will include refurbished seating, a state-of-the art scoreboard and a remodeled clubhouse. The bleachers along the left field foul line will be replaced with permanent seats and a kids zone. The bleachers along the right field foul line will be replaced by a party area that can be divided to accommodate multiple groups. The exterior will be refreshed and entrances will be re-branded with the familiar Oakland A’s green and gold color scheme.
The improvements to the Fitch Park training facility include renovating and expanding the size of the building by more than 25,000 square feet for a total of 55,433 square feet. Ball fields, pitching mounds, and batting cages at the site will be renovated to meet the team’s training requirements. Construction will be completed by January.
The City of Mesa and the Oakland A’s reached a 20-year agreement last March for the A’s to return to Mesa beginning in 2015. The team also holds two five-year options that could extend the contract to 30 years. The A’s previously trained in Mesa from 1969 to 1978, winning three consecutive World Series from 1972 to 1974.
With the Chicago Cubs new training facilities at Riverview Park, 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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