Spring Training Day 2: Chicago Cubs Sloan Park
We move on to Day 2 of our trip to spring training. The day before we saw the Oakland A’s take on the San Francisco Giants @ Hohokam Park, but now we see the reigning World Series Champions Cubs take on the World Series hopefuls Los Angeles Dodgers. The Chicago Cubs have called the Sloan Park their home for the past 3 years. The ballpark does not only call home to the Cubs but also to the Mesa Solar Sox, which play for the Arizona fall league during the year.
Considering the Chicago Cubs are the reigning World Series Champions, this game was insane. Mountains of people lined up to see their Cubs and parking was no different. This game was on the expensive side. Tickets ranged anywhere from $30 to $80 depending on seating. My partner and I ended up sitting on the lawn for $30 apiece and paid $10 for parking. This is steep considering we have been to Major League games for half the price, but we get it, it’s the Cubs and they are the world series champs.
Well enough of the price, let me begin by saying although it was expensive the ballpark is defiantly worth it. This ballpark is brand new and competes with any major-league ballpark. From the entrance, to the concessions, to the field. Sloan park is nothing shy of it being a new miniature state of the art Wriggly Field. The park has beautiful concessions that bring home a piece of Wriggly to fans and newcomers. Chicago Dogs, Chicago Pizza and Chicago lights filled the ballpark and made people feel there were in Chicago.
BUT Wait! it gets better…
The best park about this ballpark must be the field. The field has all the making of a professional major league ballpark. The grass is a perfect shade of green and the backstop is layered with bright red bricks to give it the Wrigley Field look. Digital jumbotron’s surround the field so the audience knows who’s batting and who’s pitching anywhere in the ballpark.
Another thing and probably one of the most important things is Sloan Park is very family friendly. Parents can bring their children and not worry about their kids running around. Sloan Park offers play places for the children to enjoy themselves while parents enjoy the game.
Overall this ballpark is a great experience it offers good Chicago food, brings home a piece of Wriggly and create an awesome environment for a group of people. If we can caution people about one thing is this ballpark gets very expensive. Tickets, parking, food and dealing with the sun on the lawn zone does get difficult. This ballpark is more for a group of friends rather than for the family considering it might cost a lot of money to get them all in.