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Chicago City Council approves $500 million Wrigley Field renovation

Jul 24, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Jason Aldean Press Conference AP

It’s on: the Chicago City Council has approved the Wrigley Field renovation plan.

The plan calls for a $500 million investment by the Ricketts family and/or the Cubs and/or allied businesses. The point is that it’s a privately funded project which, well, good. $300 million will be for renovation of the park itself and $200 million for improvements outside the park, including a hotel.

So: get to Wrigley Field before they de-funkify the place. You’ll want to be able to tell young people that you were into that joint back before it was all fancy.

  1. El Bravo - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    I’ve read the deets on this already and can’t fathom how the rooftop owners end up not suing the Cubs (since they have a revenue-sharing contract in place currently). The plans call for a jumbotron three times the size of the scoreboard in place over left field. That is fine, there isn’t much to block over Waveland Ave other than rooftop advertising, but on the right field side they propose another ad sign. I fail to see how this won’t block at least some of the rooftop views and lead to that owner or owners suing. Unless of course this is a magic sign that is either invisible from the reverse side or floats away on every pitch…

    • Ben Cerow - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      Rooftop owners have been leaching off the Cubs for years. They think they own that ballpark. Screw ‘em.

      • El Bravo - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        Which is why the Cubs complained and finally had a contract written up and an agreement put into place to share the revenue the rooftop owners were receiving.

  2. tbutler704 - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Tom Ricketts is a right wing jerk.

  3. misterj167 - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    So there’s no public money involved then? If that’s the case, I like it…

    I have tickets to see the Braves there in September, looking forward to one more visit before the renovation.

    • neoshweaty - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      If there is actually no public money involved in the renovations, that’s just fucking awesome. I’ve read too many quotes from the billionaires that own teams complaining that they need public financing to make sure their stadium is up to par and if the city doesn’t pay then they will go to Los Angeles or some stupid shit like that. Publicly financed stadiums are almost never a good investment. The Marlins’ stadium is exhibit A for that in recent memory.

  4. dowhatifeellike - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    How much will $300M extend the life of that stadium? It’s time to consider starting over. Nothing lasts forever.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      No. I wear rose colored glasses as a Red Sox fan but everything must be done to keep these stadiums. It’s a connection to the past we can never get back even with the new style of old school ball park going up.

  5. rcali - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Unfortunately ticket prices and concessions will be going up enough to cover these renovation costs. Still, I’m glad to see no public money involved…allegedly. As far as this rooftop thing, man, I’ve done it. Talk about watching ants from a mile away. Very overrated.

    • soxpower - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Not true. They Rise prices no matter wat every year or every other year 25-50 cents per every food item and about 1 time every 3-5 years for merchandise regardless of stadium improvements. Only teams that don’t draw lower prices. lol for dibs ice cream it’s 6.25 haha or for a cup of cheese that comes seperate from ur pretzel its like 2 bucks lol

  6. yousuxxors - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    yea I think they need to keep these old stadiums. just think about all the history that occurred there. I’m not even a Yankee fa n but still mad they knocked down Yankee stadium to build their mall stadium.

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