Mesa, Arizona A City for Good Sports Mesa, Arizona is a top destination for all sporting events: amateur, youth, collegiate and professional. In the Valley of the Sun, Mesa is second in size only to Phoenix, boasting an array of new and renovated sports facilities and venues. The biggest sport making waves in Mesa is swimming with the recent opening of Skyline Aquatic Center, one of 10 state-of-the-art facilities. The city most recently hosted the 2011 US Masters Swimming Short Course Championships and the 2012 USA Synchronized Swimming National Championships and was recently awarded host duties through 2016 for the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series. Each winter, the city hosts dozens of swim teams from across the U.S. and Canada for Citrus Classic winter training.Mesa is also a top pick for national competitions in other arenas and recently hosted the National Junior Disability Championships and will host the 2013 NJCAA National Golf Championship and 2014 NJCAA National Track & Field Championships. Baseball is another sport that shines in this sun-kissed city. Fifteen MLB teams make up the Cactus League spring training season, and the city has long been the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs. Mesa is currently constructing Wrigleyville West, the team’s newest spring training stadium destination opening in 2014. Mesa sees plenty of repeat visitors year after year and in 2013 will serve as host for the Western Athletic Conference Golf championship.When you add it all up, Mesa is truly a city for good sports. INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 325 days of sunshine a year 5,000 hotel rooms Two major airports FACILITIES AND FIGURES: Skyline Aquatic Center: 130,000- square-foot aquatic center with racing lanes, a diving tank, water polo capabilities and more. Capacity: 2,000 spectators. Kino Aquatic Center: $8 million upgrade in 2009. Host of AIA State Championships, IMX Games, and the 2011 U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course National Championships. Gene Autry Sports Complex: Former Spring Training home of the California Angels. Key venue for field sports, tennis and volleyball competitions. Fitch Park: Year-round training home to the Chicago Cubs. Hohokam Park Stadium: 12,500- square-foot spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs. Can accommodate archery, flag football, soccer and volleyball. Mesa Community College: 5,000- seat multi-use stadium, lighted soccer field, flexible practice field, baseball field, new tennis complex. Mesa Public Schools: Six high schools with updated field sports facilities and gymnasiums. Mesa Convention Center: 25,000 square feet of indoor event space specializing in cheer, dance, martial arts, volleyball, wrestling and more. Red Mountain Park: 1,146 acres with multiple lighted fields for baseball, soccer and softball fields.
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