Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spring Training is here

Spring Training is finally here and the Hohokams are putting the final touches on the spring home of the Cubs. Once again, we are reminded the value of Spring Training and what it does to our local economy. The Cubs will, no doubt, be one of the highest draws again this year, especially since they attract so much local attendance. However, even the Cubs are predicting some slowdown, but it will be interesting to see how the other teams compare.

A couple of teams to watch are the ones in the new parks opening in Glendale and Goodyear. Based on their features in the Republic, they should be poised to have a good year. Add into the mix the D-Backs and Rockies looking for a home in the Valley, and as I have mentioned before, how long before the Cubs and their new ownership start asking for theirs.

Its inspiring that the Hohokams care so much about the stadium and the team. Let's hope they are willing to help do what it takes to keep the team. It would be weird to have the Cubs call somewhere else besides Mesa "home," but its not completely outside the realm of reason. Especially in this slowed economy, the Cubs can show the monetary value that they bring, especially over some of the other teams in the valley.

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