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A Sheraton hotel will be built in the commercial area near the Chicago Cubs' new spring training complex in Mesa.
Christmas arrived on Dec. 2 for the Mesa Martin Luther King Jr. committee, as the Mesa City Council voted unanimously to rename 3rd Place — located off Center Street south of University Drive — to Martin Luther King Jr. Way in the downtown corridor.
With the exception of a good margarita, I've never been one for mixed drinks. Which doesn't mean I don't like a great cocktail.
Multiple youth agencies across the East Valley recently received a significant amount of money to support their charitable efforts from a longtime Mesa volunteer organization.
After months of construction, the Chicago Cubs’ new spring training facility in Mesa is just two months away from full completion, and residents could get in for a preview of what to expect next spring in the near future.
A tour of the Chicago Cubs Cactus League complex in Mesa, scheduled for completion in early December.
This is the outside of the Cubs’ player development facility, which is a little less than 70,000 sq. feet and hosts a slew of exercise equipment, pools, and classrooms for video review and instructional purposes. General Manager of Spring Training Operations Justin Piper said the team expects to complete this portion of the complex by the beginning of November. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
After months of construction, the Chicago Cubs’ new spring training facility is just two months away from full completion. Built in part with taxpayer funds — voters approved a measure for the city to contribute $1.5 million to the project — the Cubs will run the stadium and other accoutrements like the player development facility, indoor batting cage, mini field for infield practice and two full-sized fields. The city will control the neighboring Riverview Park that will feature a lake for fishing and climbing walls among other attractions. Once the stadium is completed in December, the team plans to host open houses for the public and for season-ticket holders to check out the finished product. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
Piper said the field blends pieces of Wrigley Field — the lights and grass berm, for example — with the southwest locale to create a unique stadium. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
Another piece of the complex is the indoor batting area with 12 tunnels for players to practice their mechanics during spring training and throughout the season in rookie league and the fall instructional league. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
When players leave the development facility and walk over to the stadium, they’ll take this path that will allow them to interact with fans. “It’ll be one of the unique features of spring training,” Piper said. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
One of the features of the player development facility is the hydrotherapy room with five pools for rehab. The one in the center will have a treadmill in it for underwater running. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
The workout area is split into two levels. The lower half is the weight room that features a slew of weight-lifting apparatuses, while the upper portion contains aerobic exercise equipment. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
The workout area is split into two levels. The lower half is the weight room, while the upper portion contains exercise equipment like the ones pictured for aerobic training. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
The stadium should hold approximately 15,000 people, which would make it the largest in the Cactus League. The designers also accounted for shading, and people sitting by third base should get an excellent view of the neighboring mesas. “It’s a very intimate feel,” Piper said. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
Local baseball fans who want to watch a few more games live this season can visit Hohokam Stadium and check out the Mesa Solar Sox play.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and District 1 Councilmember Dave Richins provided updates on several projects to a collection of city residents on Aug. 27.
GLENDALE — Karim Benzema scored a pair of second-half goals to lead Spanish soccer power Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer on Thursday night. The match was the first for both teams in the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup tournament, which features six other teams from Europe. Midfielder Angel Di Maria took a pass from former FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, who'd gotten past three defenders, and scored the game's first goal. Di Maria later added an assist. Real Madrid was too talented for the Galaxy, as Ronaldo had multiple chances to score early in the match. A cross from DiMaria found Ronaldo in the sixth minute, and his shot hit the top of the goal and caromed away. Ronaldo also had quality chances in the 18th and 22nd minute, Galaxy defender Sean Franklin trying his best to defend Ronaldo from his right back position. Real Madrid had the vast majority of the scoring chances in the first half. The Galaxy's best opportunity was a near own goal from Real Madrid's Daniel Carvajal in the eighth minute. Galaxy midfielder Hector Jimenez chipped a ball toward the goal that Carvajal almost misplayed with his clearance. The fans in the crowd of 38,922 rose to their feet every time Ronaldo touched the ball. The Di Maria-Ronaldo connection almost produced another result in the 38th minute, as Ronaldo had plenty of time to settle a pass at his feet, dribble and shoot. But his shoot went over the goal. [Jose M. Romero, The Associated Press]
KATMAI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska — Kim Spanjol has seen gorillas in Congo and orangutans in Borneo. But for a honeymoon with her husband Jim O'Brien, she planned a trip to Katmai National Park and Preserve in remote Alaska, where they started seeing brown bears the minute their floatplane landed on the beach.
A tourist takes a photo of a brown bear as it walks on the beach at Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska on July 4, 2013. At the height of the salmon season, near the end of July, there will be up to 70 brown bears plus cubs with a one-square mile area of Brooks Camp, along with humans. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
A bear walks between a viewing stand and an angler fisherman at Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska on July 4, 2013. At the height of the salmon season, near the end of July, there will be up to 70 brown bears plus cubs with a one-square mile area of Brooks Camp, along with humans. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)