The owner of the Chicago Cubs is painting his plan to renovate Wrigley Field in “take it or leave it” terms.
Tom Ricketts laid out the ball club’s plan to build a hotel and an office building in Wrigleyville and modernize the aging ballpark; but he said it all hinges on a new Jumbotron screen in left field and more advertising signs, both inside the park and out.
Owners of some of the left field rooftop clubs say the new sign would block the view of the field that they pay the club to protect.
Ricketts says, without the additional revenue the signs at Wrigley would generate, he can’t put a winning team on the field, and he would have to consider moving the Cubs somewhere else.
City planners will review the Cubs’ plan for Wrigley Field; there is no word on when it will be put to a vote.