Hohokam Stadium

 

Hohokam StadiumOakland A's logo - Newly Renovated for 2015

A new era in Oakland Athletics history has begun! In 1977 the A's opened the then newly built Hohokam Stadium. 37 years later the A's return to Hohokam, this time with a renovated state of the art facility in the heart of Mesa. The tradition continues in 2015, as Hohokam Stadium will open its gates to a new generation of Athletics faithful while still keeping the intimacy and charm we have all grown to love and enjoy. Additions and upgrades include a brand new HD scoreboard display, all new seats and seating areas to make watching a game at Hohokam an experience like no other. You will not want to miss the opportunity to join us as we open our new Spring Training home.

Spring Training tickets are now on sale.  For ticket information, visit http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/ticketing/spring-training-tickets.jsp?c_id=oak, or call 877-493-BALL (2255)

For Questions regarding Oakland A's Spring Training, please call 480-907-5489.

The Chicago Cubs are now playing at Cubs Park, located at 2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway.  For information and tickets visit http://mlb.mlb.com/chc/mesa/

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Spring Training

For Questions regarding Oakland A's Spring Training, please call 480-907-5489.

Spring Training tickets are now on sale.  For ticket information, visit http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/ticketing/spring-training-tickets.jsp?c_id=oak, or call 877-493-BALL (2255)

 

Hohokam Seating Map

 


Oakland A's returning to Mesa with 20-year deal

Frequently Asked Questions


Hohokam Stadium has recently reopened
as the Spring Training home of the Oakland A's!  For information regarding Oakland A's Spring Training, please visit their website or call 480-907-5489. 

 

Panoramic Stadium Photo

Arizona Fall League & Other Events

Arizona Fall League

Fall league baseball will return to Hohokam Stadium in the fall of 2015, after park renovations are completed.

 

Hohokam Stadium and Fitch Park History

General Information and Facts

Hohokam StadiumHohokam and Fitch Parks are the sites for the City of Mesas baseball fields and training facilities, with the centerpiece being Dwight W. Patterson Field at Hohokam Park, the spring training home of the Oakland A's.

Major league baseball first came to Mesa for spring training in 1952, when the Cubs set up camp at Rendezvous Park. That park was razed in 1976, replaced by a new stadium at Hohokam Park.  That facility, in turn, was demolished in 1996, and was replaced by a new and enlarged stadium and training facility which opened in February 1997.

The stadium has 7,500 fixed seats and can accomodate an additional 2,500 spectators on the grass berms, includes one practice field and one practice infield. 


Hohokam Park is located at 1235 N. Center St., between Brown and McKellips roads in northwest Mesa.  Fitch Park is located less than one mile south, at the corner of Center and 6th Streets.

Mesa is located in central Arizonas Valley of the Sun, approximately 10 miles east of Phoenix, and 20 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport.  With a population in excess of 450,000 residents, Mesa ranks as the third largest city in Arizona, behind Phoenix and Tucson.

 

Hohokam Park - Ancient History

 Hohokam Park (pronounced HO-HO-COM) takes its name from some of the earliest residents of the Valley of the Sun: the Hohokam Indians, who occupied this region from the year AD 1 until the mid-1400s.  The name Hohokam is a derivative from a Pima Indian word for all used up or those who are gone.

The Hohokam were one of the worlds most advanced prehistoric civilizations, and were able to flourish in central Arizonas desert region for more than a thousand years by developing a sophisticated system of irrigation canals, totaling more than 125 miles.  These canals were so effective that much of todays canal system follows along the same pattern engineered by the Hohokam centuries before.  

Hohokam Park is located just a few blocks east of the Mesa Grande Ruin, at the corner of Date and 10th Street, believed to contain the remnants of one of the key Hohokam temples and gathering structures.  This site was purchased by the City of Mesa in the late 1980s for future preservation and study. 

The reasons for the sudden disappearance of the Hohokam Indians around 1450 are still subject to debate, although many theories (drought, disease, warfare with neighboring tribes) have been proposed.  Many artifacts from the Hohokam civilization, as well as replicas of Hohokam dwellings, are on permanent display at the City of Mesas museum of history, the Arizona Museum of Natural History.

Baseball in Mesa - an abbreviated history

Ball and BatBaseball has been a part of Mesa since the very beginning.  In fact, back in 1876, just as Albert Spalding and William Hulbert were organizing the National League, a party of 84 men, women and children gathered in St. George, Utah, to embark on a 49-day journey to the south to establish the first settlement in an area just a half-dozen miles up the road from where the stadium now sits.

The success of local amateur teams like the Mesa Jewels led the community to build their first permanent baseball field in 1921, at the corner of 2nd Street and Sirrine.  With the development of the nearby Rendezvous Hall, for social events, and Rendezvous Pool, the ballpark gradually became known as Rendezvous Park.

The Chicago Cubs first expressed interest in training in Mesa as early as 1942, when a contingent of Cubs officials met with City officials to evaluate the ballpark and lodging facilities.  But it was not until 1952 that the final decision was made for the Chicago Cubs to use Mesa as their spring training home.  Six major league exhibition games were played in Mesa that season, against the Cleveland Indians, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, and crosstown rival Chicago White Sox.

Amenities at the old Rendezvous Park were somewhat less than ideal. The clubhouse was too small to accommodate the players luggage; the trunks were moved outside each morning and returned to the clubhouse at the end of the day.  Extra bleachers were rented to accommodate the large number of spectators, and 500 wooden chairs were acquired from Los Angeles Wrigley Field, to serve as box seats.

Improvements were made to Rendezvous Park over the years, with the Cubs training at the site through 1965.  After a three-year absence, spring training returned to Mesa when an agreement was reached with the Oakland As.  Mesa was Oaklands spring training site for 10 years, including their three consecutive world championship seasons from 1972 to 1974.

Rendezvous Park finally fell victim to the wrecking ball in November 1976, replaced by the first stadium at Hohokam Park, dedicated in 1977.  The As continued training at this new facility until 1979, at which time the Chicago Cubs relocated back to Mesa from Scottsdale. It was during the mid-1980s that the Cubs enjoyed unprecedented attendance, ranking as the Cactus Leagues largest draw, and at or near the top of all major league teams in spring training admissions.

This support from area residents and winter visitors played a large role in the development of the expanded Hohokam Park in 1997. With the addition of outfield berm seating and increase of 1,000 new reserved seats, capacity of the stadium is 12,500.

Mesa Baseball Chronology

AD 1 thru 1450 The Hohokam Indian civilization dominates central Arizona.
1877 The first party of Utah settlers establishes camp in what is now Mesa.
1921 Mesas first community ball field, Rendezvous Park, is constructed at what was then the corner of 2nd Street and Sirrine.
1950 Professional spring training first comes to Mesa, with the minor league Oakland Oaks.
1951 The Mesa HoHoKams civic organization is formed to promote and support spring training baseball in Mesa.
1952 The Chicago Cubs bring major league spring training to Mesa.
1966 The Cubs relocate spring training operations to southern California, leaving Mesa with no spring season for three years.
1969 Major league spring training returns to Mesa with the Oakland As.
1972-74 The As bring home three consecutive world championships.
1976 Rendezvous Park is demolished, and construction of Hohokam Park begins.
1977 The new stadium at Hohokam Park is completed, tying in with Mesas city centennial observation.
1979 The Oakland As relocate spring training facilities to Scottsdale, and the Chicago Cubs return to Mesa.
1991 The stadium at Hohokam Park is officially named Dwight W. Patterson Field, after the local rancher who played a key role in bringing major league baseball to Mesa.
1996 Preparations for a new, expanded facility at Hohokam Park begin, with demolition of the previous park taking place immediately following spring training.
1997 The new Dwight Patterson Field, Hohokam Park, and Fitch Park facilities pen for the 1997 major league baseball spring training season.
2002 Arizona State University calls Hohokam Park home while Packard Stadium on campus is renovated.
2004 Chicago Cubs set major league record for Spring Training attendance with 189,692 fans going through the turnstiles.
2005 Cubs extend major league record for Spring Training attendance with 193,993 fans.
2007 Cubs set Cactus League single game attendance record of 12,906
2009 Cubs set a MLB spring training attendance record of 203,105, with 19 home games played at Hohokam Stadium.  Average per game attendance was 10,690 - leading all of MLB. Another spring training record was set with seven games having an attendance of more than 13,000.
2013 The Chicago Cubs play their last Spring Training game at Hohokam Stadium, and a 20-year agreement is made with the Oakland A's, who will start playing at the Stadium in spring 2015.
2014 Hohokam Stadium will be closed for renovations throughout 2014 in anticipation of the Oakland A's move to the park in 2015.
2015 Hohokam Stadium is re-opened to welcome the Oakland A's at the "A Day at the Diamond" event on February 21, 2015.

Welcome Fans!

The Oakland A's are looking forward to their new Spring Training home at Hohokam Stadium and we're looking forward to seeing your fan photos! 

 Send us your favorite Spring Training photo, or a picture of your great 'fan moment' and you may see it here on our fan page!

Send photos to dyan.seaburg@mesaaz.gov, with the subject Hohokam Stadium Fan Photo.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Rental and Event Information

Hohokam Stadium is best known for Spring Training baseball, but is also the perfect unique venue for your special event - whether your players wear caps and cleats, or suits and heels!  From meetings to weddings, and concerts to festivals... we invite you to visit and see for yourself!

Skybox and Patio rentals

Hohokam Stadium's outdoor 3rd Base Patio, indoor Suite and other event areas offer your group an exciting location to hold special gatherings, weddings, birthday parties, receptions or anniversaries.Suites Inside

Third Base Patio 100 - 200 people
Indoor Suites - adjacent to Third Base Patio up to 60 people
Corporate Events

Take your team meetings to a new level at Hohokam Stadium!  The Stadium can accommodate small and large corporate functions, such as meetings, lectures, team building activities and more.

Coaches are available for instruction, skills contests can be organized for you, and you can have use of the electronic scoreboard and PA system to make your function a big league event!

Catering

No outside food or beverage may be brought into the stadium.  Please contact our sales team for information regarding catering for your special event.

Rental Fees

Rental fees at Hohokam Stadium vary based on the type of event you are planning, number of attendees, areas, duration and type of use.  Please contact us for details and pricing regarding your specific event.

Area Attractions

What to do after the game...

Mesa has plenty of places to enjoy food, drinks and activities after the game!  For a complete list of all restaurants, outings, amenities and accomodations Mesa has to offer, check out VisitMesa.com.

Some suggestions from the fan box:

Downtown Mesa
Located approximately 2 miles south of Hohokam Stadium on Center Street
Mesa Riverview
Located approximately 4 miles east of Hohokam Stadium
   
Downtown Mesa Directory Mesa Riverview Directory
   
Cellar Pub (at Sun Devil Liqour) Angel Sweet Gelato
Diamonds Sports Grille Cactus Moon Sports Grill
El Charro Restaurant Carl's Jr.
George's Gyros Chick-fil-A
Grill on Main Chili's Grill & Bar
il Vinaio Cracker Barrel
Inside the Bungalow Famous Dave's
Mangos Mexican Cafe & Bakery Logan's Roadhouse
Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine Matta's Grill & Cantina
Pete's Fish and Chips Omega Gyros
Pier de Orleans Panda Express
Queens Pizzeria Peter Piper Pizza
Sonic Drive-in Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill
Subway Toby Keith's
Jimmy John's Wingstop
Sweet Cakes Cafe Yodipity Yogurt
Taco Bell Yogi's Teriyaki & Grill
   

Hohokam Stadium

1235 N. Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85201

Mailing address:
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211-1466

(480) 644-4451

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Helpful Links

Oakland A's Website

www.mlbfallball.com

www.visitmesa.com