Chicago Cubs' history for spring training in Arizona
The Cubs haven't always called Arizona their Spring Training home.
They played their Spring Training games at Catalina Island, California for most of the years between 1922 and 1951. They played in French Lick, Indiana during World War II and in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1908, the last time they won the World Series until last year.
Here's a look at how the Cubs' relationship with Arizona began, and how it has evolved over the years.
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Kevork Djansezian 1952- Cubs move Spring Training operations from Catalina Island in California to Mesa; their home games are played at Rendezvous Park.
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Jeff Carlick 1966- Cubs relocate their Spring Training operations to Long Beach, California.
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Brian Bahr 1967- Cubs relocate their Spring Training operations to Scottsdale.
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Jeff Carlick 1976- Rendezvous Park is demolished; construction of Hohokam Park in Mesa commences
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Tom Hauck 1977- Hohokam Park is completed.
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Tom Hauck 1979- Cubs return to Mesa for Spring Training, play their home games at Hohokam Park
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Brian Bahr 1991- Hohokam Park's field is renamed Dwight W. Patterson Field. Patterson was a Valley rancher who helped bring MLB Spring Training to Mesa.
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Brian Bahr 1996- Hohokam Park is demolished to make way for a new, refurbished stadium
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Todd Warshaw
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Norm Hall 2007- Cubs fans set a single-game Cactus League record, as 12,906 fans attend a Spring Training game at Hohokam.
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Kevork Djansezian 2009- Another attendance record: 203,105 Cubs fans attend games at Hohokam Park. Seven of those games are attended by over 13,000 fans.
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Tom Hauck 2013- Cubs play their final game at Hohokam Park
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Christian Petersen 2014- Cubs move Spring Training to the brand-new Sloan Park in Mesa, with a seating capacity of 15,000
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Jennifer Stewart 2016- Cubs fans set another Cactus League record, as 15,446 occupy Sloan Park for their Spring Training home opener
Getty ImagesPhoto by: Jennifer Stewart