Dec. 13, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. - Due to a multi-million dollar renovation on Packard Stadium that is set to begin in February, the Arizona State University Sun Devil baseball team will have a new home for the 2002 season playing a majority of its home games at Hohokam Park in Mesa, Ariz.
Currently scheduled to play 32 of its 35 home games at the 12,623-seat Park located at 1235 N. Center St. in Mesa, the Sun Devils will share the facility for the first two months of the season with the Chicago Cubs. Built in 1996 and open for the 1997 Spring Training season, Hohokam Park (pronounced Ho-Ho-COM) is the winter home of the Chicago Cubs Professional Baseball Team. Hohokam Park was designed by HOK Sport of Kansas City, Missouri, who also designed Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Cleveland's Jacobs Field and Coors Field in Denver. In addition to serving as the Spring Training home of the Chicago Cubs and the 2002 home of Arizona State baseball, Hohokam is also the home of the Arizona Fall League Mesa Solar Sox, the rookie level Mesa Cubs in the Arizona Rookie League and several other baseball tournaments and events.
"With our renovations to Packard Stadium, this is a wonderful opportunity for our baseball program, our fans and the University to spend a season at a facility as hospitable and as gracious as Hohokam Park. It will be a great and enjoyable experience to host our games in a major league atmosphere this Spring," said ASU Athletics Director Gene Smith.
Packard Stadium, the home of ASU Baseball since the stadium's inaugural game on April 7, 1974 vs. USC, is scheduled to undergo a $2 million renovation beginning during the 2002 season. Plans for the renovation include a new entrance and hall of fame, improved and state-of-the-art player facilities to include a clubhouse and lounge, several fan amenities and a enclosed press box. ASU will also be installing several monuments and memorials to honor the deep and great tradition of Sun Devil Baseball's historic legacy. ASU has played 1,004 official games at Packard Stadium, going 785-228-1.
Hohokam Park is a spacious ballpark, with dimensions of 340 ft. to left field, 410 to center field, 350 to right field and 390 to each of the left and right field gaps. A batter's eye 80x40 is in play in center field and the outfield fence is 15 ft. high. Played on Dwight W. Patterson Field, Hohokam Park is one of the newer and nicest spring training facilities in the valley, featuring great concessions, numerous chair-back seats, ample parking, luxury boxes and a state-of-the-art press box. In addition, it is located only seven miles east of Packard Stadium with access provided on the 202 and via University Drive.
"More than 150,000 Cubs fans enjoy games at Hohokam Park each spring," said Mesa Mayor Keno Hawker. "We're pleased to extend that hospitality to Sun Devil fans as they temporarily call Hohokam Park its home in 2002."
The 2002 Sun Devil current roster consists of 33 players, including All-America candidates Mike Esposito (RHP) and Rod Allen (OF). ASU lost eight of its top position players and four pitchers from the 2001 squad, but return six top position players, 14 lettermen and have added 17 newcomers to the program that are ready to step right in and contend in the national spotlight. The official 2002 baseball schedule will be released tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 14) on www.TheSunDevils.com. Ticket information and season ticket renewals will be mailed in mid December. For more information on tickets, please contact the ASU ticket office at 480-965-2381.