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Cubs decline Florida invitation

Updated: January 27, 2010, 4:07 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The Chicago Cubs announced Wednesday that they will keep their spring training home in Mesa, Ariz., a move that rebuffs suitors in Florida and keeps Arizona's highest-drawing spring training team in town.

The deal requires the Arizona Legislature and voters in Mesa, a Phoenix suburb, to approve a funding mechanism for an $84 million stadium and training facility.

"We've been in Arizona for 57 years and we look forward to the next 57 years," said Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts.

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