Wrigley Field - renovations
|Team: Chicago Cubs||Projected Construction Time: 5 years|
|Cost: $500 million|
Project : Ballpark link to Wrigley Field.
This from Don Babwin of the AP, July 24, 2013:
"CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Cubs, who have clung to the past the way ivy clings to Wrigley Field's outfield walls, won final approval Wednesday for a $500 million renovation project at the 99-year-old ballpark - including a massive Jumbotron like the ones towering over every other major league stadium.
A voice vote in the City Council gave the team permission to move forward with plans that will dramatically change the ballpark experience on Chicago's north side. The most notable alteration is the 5,700-square-foot video scoreboard in left field - roughly three times the size of the iconic manual one in center, which will remain in operation as well.
The team also will be able to erect a large advertising sign in right field, double the size of the cramped clubhouse, improve player training facilities in the bowels of the ballpark and build a 175-room hotel across the street.
The signs became the most contentious part of the proposed renovation project, both because they would change the look of the ballpark and because they were seen as threats to the rooftop businesses across the street. The owners, who charge fans to sit on bleachers they erected on top of the buildings, argue that any sign cutting into their views threatens the existence of their businesses.
Tom Tunney, the alderman whose ward includes Wrigley, said he finally agreed to support the project Tuesday after the Cubs agreed not to put up any more outfield signs for the 10 years left on a contract that calls for the rooftop owners to pay a chunk of their revenue to the team."
© 2013-17 Paul Healey.