A deal was announced today and Wrigley Field is in for a facelift.
But Cub fans who have pledged their loyalty to a losing team and the historic old ballpark, want one thing: A win. Changes to the structure, its entertainment schedule and offerings even when the team is not playing at the Friendly Confines all play a part in bringing home the World Series pennant.
Or so the owners hope.
Tom Ricketts has been behind Wrigley renovations for years. His dream is to improve the current park, bring in more money and put it toward getting better players. It’s a $500 million plan expected to create 2,000 jobs and bring in $20 million a year in new tax revenue for the city and state.
How’s he going to do it?
With a 5,000 square foot video score board, 40 night games–not just 30 and four concerts on off game nights which is up from 3 a year. Not to mention an 800 square foot see-thru sign.
That is one thing roof top owners are not happy about, one of many things.
In a statement, the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association said “No community process, city ordinance, or agreement without our consent can or should dismiss contractual rights granted to us by the Chicago Cubs in 2004.”
Which means if rooftop owners don’t get what they want, they plan to sue.