New for 2015: Lew Wolff Training Complex

Oakland AthleticsWe have a new name for the old Fitch Park, where the Chicago Cubs formerly worked out and is now inhabited by the Oakland Athletics: the Lew Wolff Training Complex.

Lew Wolff, of course, is co-owner and managing partner of the Athletics. More importantly, he’s the man who put together the deal to bring the A’s to Mesa in 2015, to a renovated Hohokam Stadium and upgraded Lew Wolff Training Complex. The total cost of the project: $26.9 million.

It will serve as the year-round home for the Oakland Athletics minor league training and player development operations, as well as the team’s rookie-level Arizona League franchise.

More than 25,000 square feet were added to its main building, bringing the total square footage of the building to 55,433. The exterior and interior were updated to reflect the character and identity of the Oakland Athletics, and other renovations include expanded player therapy and strength training areas and a complete rebuild of the baseball fields, batting cages, pitching mounds and overall grounds.

In addition to the renovations at Fitch Park, Hohokam Stadium saw significant upgrades as well. The A’s spring training ballpark now features a 55′ x 28′ high-definition LED videoboard, which is the largest in the Cactus League. The home clubhouse, kitchen, and weight room were all expanded to complete the state-of-the-art project, which included more than 70,000 square feet of renovation space at Hohokam Stadium alone.

The A’s formerly played spring training games at Phoenix Municipal Stadium and trained at a Papago Park complex.

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