We've just seen the last baseball in Arizona for 2013, the AFL championship game, and now it's time to start thinking about spring training. With perfect timing, the Cubs released the 2014 spring-training schedule, the first at what I've been calling NCSTF (New Cubs Spring Training Facility); the release calls it "Cubs Park". Unless the Cubs can sell naming rights, that's likely what its name will be, at least for this year. There's a total of 36 preseason games: 16 at Mesa, 16 Cactus League road games, two in Las Vegas, and two at Chase Field. Here's some additional info:
Individual game tickets for the 2014 Chicago Cubs home spring training games at Cubs Park will go on sale Saturday, January 11 at 11 a.m. CT at the Cubs Park ticket office, at cubs.com or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS.
Season tickets at Cubs Park are on sale now and group tickets go on sale Friday, November 22, 2013 at 10 a.m. CT by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS.
If you have any other ticket or spring training questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information and to take a virtual tour of Cubs Park, please visit cubs.com/mesa. This post will be on the front page under "Really Important BCB Stuff" through spring training. I don't have pitcher/catcher or full-squad reporting dates yet, but will post them when I get them. Figure they're probably about two weeks before the first game for pitchers and catchers, maybe 3-4 days after that for the full squad.
All games through Saturday 3/8 are at 2:05 p.m. CST, and all games Sunday 3/9 and later are at 3:05 p.m. CDT, unless otherwise noted. (ss) denotes split squad.
Thu 2/27: vs. Diamondbacks (ss) at Mesa Fri 2/28: vs. Angels at Tempe Sat 3/1: vs. Giants (ss) at Mesa vs. Diamondbacks (ss) at Talking Stick (8:10 CT) Sun 3/2: vs. Royals at Mesa Mon 3/3: vs. Brewers at Maryvale Tue 3/4: vs. Athletics (ss) at Mesa Wed 3/5: vs. Rockies (ss) at Mesa Thu 3/6: vs. Indians at Goodyear Fri 3/7: vs Indians at Mesa vs. Angels at Tempe Sat 3/8: vs. Reds at Goodyear Sun 3/9: vs. Angels at Tempe (DST begins) vs. Brewers (ss) at Mesa Mon 3/10: vs. Giants at Scottsdale Tue 3/11: vs. Rockies at Mesa Wed 3/12: vs. Mariners at Peoria (9:05 CT) Thu 3/13: OFF DAY Fri 3/14: vs. Dodgers at Mesa Sat 3/15: vs. Royals at Surprise vs. Mets at Las Vegas (3:05 CT) Sun 3/16: vs. Indians (ss) at Mesa vs. Mets at Las Vegas (3:05 CT) Mon 3/17: vs. Angels at Mesa vs. Athletics at Phoenix Tue 3/18: vs. Rangers (ss) at Surprise (9:05 CT) Wed 3/19: vs. Rockies at Talking Stick (8:40 CT) Thu 3/20: vs. Mariners at Mesa Fri 3/21: vs. White Sox at Glendale Sat 3/22: vs. Reds at Mesa Sun 3/23: vs. Athletics (ss) at Phoenix Mon 3/24: vs. Padres at Mesa (9:05 CT) Tue 3/25: vs. Angels at Mesa vs. Padres at Peoria (9:05 CT) Wed 3/26: vs. Diamondbacks at Talking Stick (3:10 CT) Thu 3/27: vs. White Sox at Mesa (2:05 CT) Fri 3/28: vs. Diamondbacks at Chase Field (8:40 CT) Sat 3/29: vs. Diamondbacks at Chase Field (2:40 CT)