Sloan Park is the Spring Training home of the Chicago Cubs, always one of the most popular teams in the Cactus League. The ballpark is designed to be a home away from home and is as close to a Wrigley experience as possible without being on Addison Street in Chicago.
The dimensions of the ballpark are identical to Wrigley's, there is a party deck in left field designed to replicate the rooftop bleacher view, the hot dogs come with all the Chicago trimmings, and you can find Old Style beer last time I checked.
Where to sit:
Wherever you can. Cubs game often sell out, especially those on weekends. You'll want to walk around enough to get a good feel for the park, see the familiar Chicago Welcome sign, and sample the cuisine. Take what you can get or be left to the mercy of the (legal) scalpers roaming the area.
There is a great park outside of the main gates that features a water park for kids. If you are bringing young ones, make sure to dress them in attire that can take a soaking and dry without sticking to their skin.
After The Game:
Mesa is home to a highly rated arts center as well as an Air Force Museum which allows you the opportunity to take a flight in a classic warplane. Of course, there are plenty of shopping options downtown.
My Two Cents:
Really, this ballpark has it all and this link goes into greater detail. Sloan is probably the premier park and fan experience in the Cactus League at the moment, from the palm lined entry way to the Cubs Welcome sign, the designers truly paid attention to every detail.
Your Two Cents:
What did I miss? Anybody have any fun Sloan Park stories? How about Mesa destinations? Please let us know below.