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Populous, Hunt land Cubs spring-site design

Chicago CubsOne of the biggest ballpark deals to come down the pike in recent months has been announced, as Populous landed the contract to design the new Chicago Cubs spring-training facility in Mesa, Arizona, while Hunt Construction will build it.

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith made the announcement today.

About $84 million is budgeted for the spring complex itself; another $15 million will be used for infrastructure. The new spring-training facility is now slated to open for Spring Training 2014.

Populous has designed several spring-training facilities in recent years, including Goodyear Ballpark and Surprise Stadium, and also oversaw past renovations to HoHoKam Park.

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