ASU’s stadium deal with Cubs falls through

ASU baseball’s talks fell through Thursday to relocate the team to play in the Cub’s Mesa Spring Training facility. The team will play the 2013 season in Packard Stadium, pictured above. (Photo courtesy of Nick Bastian,

For months ASU has been exploring new options of a stadium to replace their current home, Packard Stadium. They hoped to move their field to Mesa and share with the Chicago Cubs, who are building a new Spring Training home and leaving Hohokam Stadium. That deal fell through on Wednesday.

“After many months of negotiation, ASU regrets that the effort to have the ASU baseball team play in the new Cubs stadium in Mesa has failed,” Sun Devil Athletics said Thursday in a press release.

According to the release, the Cubs wished to restrict the Sun Devils’ use of the field while simultaneously asking for more money for its use.

ASU went on to thank the city of Mesa and Mayor Scott Smith for their support, and to say that “the university will immediately start pursing other stadium options.”

It has been speculated that ASU could begin plans to move into Phoenix Municipal Stadium, the current Spring Training home of the Oakland Athletics. With the A’s vacating the stadium in 2014 (to relocate to Hohokam Stadium, coincidentally), ASU could move in. The Sun Devils could also renovate Packard Stadium in Tempe, but that is considered unlikely. ASU baseball Sports Information Director Thomas Lenneberg provided no further details when phoned for comment.