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Could the Cubs leave Chicago?

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.

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6 Comments to “Could the Cubs leave Chicago?”

    keeping real said:
    May 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    cubs out grew themselves long time go!!! cubbies need a new home and Rosemont look awesome!!! compare to that old ball park!!! move out cubbies!!!!

    SERIOUSLY said:
    May 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Please do Chicago a favor and leave already. Cubs stop teasing Chicago and hit the road jack and don't cha come back no more no more!

    spoolie said:
    May 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Hey ricketts take your team and leave you big baby. Portland Oregon is good place for you.

    Brian Millersmith said:
    May 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Although I'm no fan of the Yankees – Steinbrenner is DEFINITELY in it to win. All Ricketts is in it for is the PROFIT. He's obviously a staunch republican, therefore – only cares about the money.

    FINALLY! said:
    May 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM


    Todd Pardee said:
    May 2, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    They aren’t going anywhere. The city and its citizens can’t afford to assume the taxes and fees this operation pays every year. As long as Chicago budget trends to deficit spending and pledge not to raise property taxes Rickets will be in the cat birds seat. It’s not that he’s taking his ball and going home, he’s taking his taxes to somewhere where they are more appreciated!

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