I didn’t get a chance see any Cactus League action this year, so I didn’t see this park. I will definitely see it and review it in 2015. The consensus seems to be that it fits the Cubs very nicely, but didn’t really attempt to outdo Camelback Ranch or Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in terms of innovation, amenities, or architecture.
If I were to tentatively remark on something that hasn’t been touched upon in other reviews, it would be how simple the ballpark is in terms of premium seating options. You can’t get any information online on their 1st and 3rd base party areas or comparatively small inventory of luxury suites. Remember the days of spring training when new ballparks routinely had 6-12 luxury suites, club seating, and even home plate clubs (Camelback Ranch tried that in 2009, with all inclusive food and beverages and scented towels, then quickly scrapped it)? Perhaps the big league premium seating model in spring training is a thing of the past, as even big markets like Boston and Chicago are shying away from premium seats at their new spring training facilities. Or perhaps these two clubs just wanted to emulate the old fashion feel of their respective major league parks.NEXT - Setting