Atmosphere

You’ll want to arrive at Sloan Park early to make the most out of your trip to Cubs spring training. Not only will you want to get here early to catch the Cubs practicing you’ll also want to engage in a full morning or afternoon of tailgating before the game.

The Cubs allow tailgating starting four hours before the game giving you plenty of time to set up shop and throw down a few brews. The lots will be packed full of diehard Cubs fans on game days, making it easy for you to make new friends while tailgating before the game. The fun and festive atmosphere in the parking lots outside Sloan Park make attending a Cubs spring training game an unforgettable experience, giving you plenty of reason to arrive at the ballpark early.

Additionally, you’ll want to take some time to check out the extras located outside the ballpark as well as snag a few autographs. Sloan Park features a replica of the famous Wrigley Field marquee, which is a must-see for any Cubs fan, as well as baseball cards depicting current Cubs stars. Logo enthusiasts will also want to see the Cubs logo history, which is displayed on the exterior of the stadium.

Sloan Park offers a lot to do outside the park before the game, and Chicagoans know how to tailgate, so get to Sloan Park four hours before the game to enjoy all the pregame activities surrounding the game.

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Cubs Practices

Catch the Cubs practicing before games at their main workout field next to the ballpark. The practice field features bleacher and opens at 9:30 am, so get there early to take it all in.

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Replica Wrigley Field Marquee

Don’t miss the replica of the famous Wrigley Field marquee found at Sloan Park. The marque is a can’t-miss part of attending a game at Wrigley, and it’s no different here in Mesa. You can even put your own personalized message on the board, making for a fantastic photo op.

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Cubs Logo History

Before entering the park, take some time to see the Cubs logos throughout the years located on the south side of the building. The logos are a must-see for longtime Cubs fans and a fun thing to see before the game.

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Baseball Cards

Make sure to get a picture with the baseball card of your favorite player outside Sloan Park. The cards are a can’t-miss part of attending a spring training game in Mesa, so don’t miss them during your trip.

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Sloan Park Tours

If you arrive to spring training early in the season, take the opportunity to to tour the Cubs spring training home. Tours of Sloan Park cost $10 and you can find a schedule on the Cubs website.

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Where to tailgate

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