(KFYI News) – Dignitaries from the state, the city of Mesa, and the Chicago Cubs were on hand for Wednesday's ribbon cutting to officially open Cubs Park, the new spring training home of the Chicago Cubs.
Gov. Jan Brewer, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, and Cubs owner Tom Ricketts were among the participants in the ceremony.
The facility was built by the city of Mesa after voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to pay for it. Ricketts said "It's gonna be the best fan experience in the Cactus League and probably all of spring training. I can't imagine anything close."
He added that the ribbon cutting, and the opening of the new ballpark with state-of-the-art training facilities and adjacent athletic fields, is just the latest chapter in a long relationship. "The Cubs have been here for 60 years, and we're really excited to say that we want to be here for 60 more years.
Ricketts said that he hopes the new stadium will give the team, and its fans, something they desperately want. "In cutting this ribbon today, we are beginning our new championship tradition, and we're looking forward to coming back here to celebrate a World Series title."
PHOTOS: Cubs Hall-of-Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, Gov. Jan Brewer, and Cubs owner Tom Ricketts listen to speeches ahead of the ribbon cutting.
Dignitaries prepare for the official ribbon cutting.
Members of the public get their first look at Cubs Park