Chicago Cubs and the City of Mesa have broken ground on a $99m spring training complex in Arizona, US, designed by architecture firm Populous.
The project will include construction of a new baseball stadium and training facility for the Chicago Cubs, as well as a reconfigured Riverview Park.
It will also include a playground, large grass and shaded areas, event space and interactive water features.
City of Mesa District 1 council member Dave Richins said that the transformation of Riverview Park will make it an anchor point for the surrounding development and a point of pride for all Mesa residents.
"When the construction is finished, they will like what they see," Richins said.
The stadium will have a seating capacity for 15,000 spectators and will feature a video board, shaded seats and luxury suites.
The new complex will also include seven full-size practice fields and one infield natural turf practice field.
As part of the project, the fishing lake in the Riverview Park will be enlarged, which will serve as both an urban fishing oasis for residents and a means to irrigate the entire 150 acre area.
New pedestrian paths will link the park and lake to the new stadium, while gathering areas will be created to host various community events.
Funding for construction of the spring training facilities will be provided from the City’s Enterprise Fund.
The project was approved by Mesa voters in 2010 and is scheduled to be completed before spring training in 2014.
Image: The project will feature construction of a new baseball stadium, spring training facility and a reconfigured Riverview Park. Photo: Populous.