It is a great opportunity to learn about the rich history of the Cactus League in Arizona. "Play Ball! The Cactus League Experience" moves to a new home in downtown Mesa for its fourth season. The exhibit in Mesa is now located at 51 E. Main St. in front of the Mesa Arts Center and will open Saturday, March 3.
"The exhibit shows the important role Mesa has played in the creation and expansion of the Cactus League and how visionaries like Dwight Patterson and Robert Brinton helped make spring training a vital part of Mesa and Arizona," Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said. "The new location for Play Ball is much larger and is a strong addition to our downtown arts district."
As part of the Mesa Historical Museum's new downtown location, with 3,500 square feet of space, the Play Ball exhibit will include displays of the three spring training homes of the Chicago Cubs and renderings of their new stadium to be built at Riverview Park. There are also artifacts and photos of the Oakland A's when they trained in Mesa and the New York/San Francisco Giants when their star players stayed at the Buckhorn Baths and used the motel's famed mineral baths.
The Play Ball exhibit will also be on display at three other locations in the valley: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Goodyear Ballpark and Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe.
Admission to the Play Ball exhibit in Mesa will be a spring training discount of $2.50 until March 31. The exhibit will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Mesa Historical Museum's downtown campus will have a grand opening in April. In addition to "Play Ball! The Cactus League Experience," the campus will feature two other exhibits: "Come Fly with Us! Celebrating Thirty Years of the Boeing Company in Mesa" and "Hidden Mesa: Rediscovering the West," a collection of art from the Buckhorn Baths.
The historic Lehi campus of the Mesa Historical Museum, 2345 N. Horne, will continue to be open featuring exhibits on Mesa history, World War II and pilot training in Arizona and Wallace and Ladmo on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
For more information on Play Ball! or more information on the Mesa Historical Museum, visit http://www.mesamuseum.org/.