Mesa approves A’s Hohokam deal

Update 8:40 PM – According to KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert, the Mesa City Council approved the deal. See y’all in Mesa in 2015!

Original post:

At tonight’s Mesa City Council meeting (can’t get enough of city council meetings), item 13-1321 on the agenda is simply thus:

Resolution – Approving and authorizing the City Manager to execute a Facilities Use Agreement with The Athletics Investment Group LLC, for use of Hohokam Stadium and Fitch Park as their Spring Training facilities.

The link above also has attachments so that you can say what’s under consideration. According to the East Valley Tribune, a Study Session was held last Thursday to go over the details. $8.2 million in funding from the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority was approved and accepted last month, though the Hohokam renovations project will have to wait in line to receive the funding. We’ve talked about that funding mechanism and the improvements planned for Hohokam Stadium and Fitch Park in previous posts.

What will the A’s get for the roughly $20 million being spent? Exhibit B has the laundry list:

    HOHOKAM PARK
    EXHIBIT B FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS

  1. RECONFIGURE OUTFIELD FENCE
  2. REPLACE INFIELD MIX & RESOD MAIN FIELD
  3. REPAIR EXISTING SECURITY FENCE & SUNSCREEN
  4. REPLACE FENCE/RAIL PADDING & PAINT FIELD WALLS
  5. RAISE & REPLACE DUGOUT BENCHES
  6. PAINT INTERIOR OF STADIUM BOWL & DUGOUTS
  7. PAINT ALL STEEL BOWL COL, BEAMS, SUNSCREEN
  8. PAINT EXTERIOR OF STADIUM
  9. PAINT & CARPET BROADCAST & OFFICES ADJACENT TO SKYBOXES
  10. PAINT INTERIOR OF CONCOURSE AREAS
  11. TEAM SHOP RENOVATIONS
  12. EXPAND PLAYER’S & COACH’S PARKING LOT
  13. ADD SKYBOX
  14. CARPET AND PAINT EXISTING OFFICES
  15. PAINT INTERIOR & EXTERIOR OF EXISTING MAINTENANCE BUILDING
  16. EXTEND OUTDOOR PATIO DECK AT TEAM SUITE
  17. OUTDOOR PAVILIONS AT RIGHT & LEFT FIELDS
  18. CONCRETE PATCHING & EPOXY COATING
  19. ASSESS GENERAL & FIELD LIGHTING & SOUND SYSTEMS
  20. ASSESS MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
  21. ASSESS ALL LOW VOLTAGE SPECIAL SYSTEMS
  22. NEW FIBER OPTICS AND CAMERAS
  23. STADIUM SIGNAGE ALLOWANCE
  24. NEW OAKLAND A’S MONUMENT ENTRY SIGN
  25. NEW TEAM ID 3D SIGN IN OUTFIELD
  26. OUTFIELD CONCRETE PATH
  27. NEW FAN BULLPEN AREA
  28. NEW FLAG COURT
  29. ADD MORE PRACTICE BULL PENS & EXPAND ROOF
  30. TAIL-GATE PATIO
  31. EXPAND LANDSCAPING AT OUTFIELD & BALLPARK FAÇADE
  32. GROTO (sic) BAR & SCOREBOARD W/GREEN ROOF
  33. FOOD TRUCK ACCESS ROAD
  34. REPLACE/ADD WINDSCREEN AT PRACTICE FIELDS
  35. REPLACE INFIELD MIX/SOD PRACTICE FIELDS
  36. NEW WIDER ENTRANCE AT EAST MAINTENANCE FOR BUSSES
  37. ASSESS BATTING CAGE LIGHTING, NETTING, ETC.
  38. NEW ID SIGNS ON TOP OF BATTER’S EYE
  39. RELOCATE HALF FIELD 35′ TO EAST
  40. REPLACE RIGHT FIELD BLEACHERS
    FITCH PARK

  1. RENOVATE & EXPAND EXISTING CLUB HOUSE
  2. PAINT EXTERIOR OF ALL EXISTING BUILDINGS
  3. RENOVATE OBSERVATION TOWER
  4. REPAIR OR REPLACE OUTFIELD WALL PADDING, SCREENING, & FENCING
  5. UPDATE BATTERS EYE SCREEN & FENCING
  6. GENERAL PATCHING & EPOXY COATING WORK
  7. FIBER OPTIC CABLING & CAMERAS TO FIELD & CAGES
  8. ASSESS ALL LOW VOLTAGE SYSTEMS
  9. ASSESS EXISTING MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
  10. NEW WAYFINDING, ENTRY, ID, & SPECIALTY SIGNAGE
  11. RENOVATE & PAINT EXISTING MAINTENANCE FAC.
  12. PROVIDE PHONE & INTERNET-TECH UPGRADES
  13. ASSESS FIELD LIGHTING – POOR LIGHTING
  14. REMOVE 10″, REPLACE SOD & INFIELD MIX – ALL FIELDS
  15. INFILL OPEN BATTING CAGES W/GARAGE DOORS
  16. REPLACE PITCHING MOUNDS WITH AGILITY FIELD
  17. PROVIDE NEW MEDICINE BALL CMU WALL
  18. REDUCE 10-PACK MOUND AREA TO 6-PACK
  19. RELOCATE BULLPENS OFF FIELD IN CHAIN LINK FENCE
  20. ADD BLEACHER SEATING & SHADE STRUCTURES TO FOUR FIELDS
  21. PATCH & SEAL CONCRETE DUGOUTS
  22. PROVIDE TWO MONUMENTAL SIGNS
  23. ASSESS FLOOD IRRIGATION & REPLACE
  24. ASSESS SCOREBOARDS AT ALL FIELDS
  25. REMOVE IVY FROM FIELD 1 & 4 CHAIN LINK FENCING
  26. RECONFIGURE OUTFIELD WALLS AT FIELDS 2 & 3
  27. PROVIDE NEW BAT & HAT RACKS IN ALL DUGOUTS

That’s a lot of small improvements among a handful of huge improvements. The work is expected to begin shortly after spring training ends, running through 2014 and finishing in time for the 2015 spring training session. I figure the bulk of the work should be completed long before 2015. 2014 will mark the A’s last season at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, with Arizona State’s baseball program moving in after the A’s and the Cubs leaving for Wrigleyville West in 2014.

The council session won’t be broadcast live except on local Mesa cable TV, so yours truly won’t have the chance to cover it as it happens. Nevertheless, there should be some news emanating from there shortly after the vote, so check back here later tonight for an update.

13 thoughts on “Mesa approves A’s Hohokam deal

  1. Any idea where the list came from? Was that a previous list of requests from the Cubs or did it originate from the A’s?

  2. @gojohn10 – I bet the A’s compared notes with the Cubs.

  3. saw your reply to olbermann on twitter. wow is hohokam park right next to a cemetery. who decided to approve that location? hopefully the new improvements made will make fans forget when they enter the park.

  4. Seems like an insane amount of money to spend on a perfectly functional facility, but as long as it’s not the city’s money. I suppose they think it’s OK. For what? 16-17 ST home games at most? It still doesn’t fix the Cubs main complaint about the stadium and training areas being in different complexes a half-mile apart.

    I’ve been to HoHoKam many many times, in talking to the fellow lawn dwellers, one thing is clear: very, very few of us stay in Mesa hotels when we visit, or spend much money there. There are a few bars within a mile of the park, but the park itself is in a mostly downscale residential area (though not as rough as Maryvale.) You don’t notice the cemetery at all.

  5. Road trip to Muni in 2014. I’ll miss the old girl.

  6. I like Hohokam better than Muni, but will really miss Papago. Mesa isn’t nearly as pretty.

  7. To recycle an old joke,

    The Giants have just entered into an agreement to purchase the practice fields of nearby Kerr Elementary and have claimed Mesa, AZ as their territory.

  8. How come the A’s won’t move to AZ for their new ballpark…

    • @berry – In case you aren’t being facetious, there is already a team called the “Arizona Diamondbacks” that plays in Phoenix during the season.

  9. @ML
    Diamondbacks suck….used to love how they beatthe sf gnats….not anymore…I think the A’s can replace them

  10. Definitely looking forward to the A’s moving into a newer ballpark, even if only for spring training. HoHoKam is a much nicer venue than Muni and is definitely more fan oriented.

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