Cubs planning more new signs for Wrigley Field

The Chicago Cubs are moving forward with a new plan to renovate Wrigley Field.

Plans that were already approved by the city are hitting a snag since the Rooftop owners have threatened to sue.

But now team chairman Tom Ricketts posted his next move in an online video.

He says the team has waited long enough, so he’s proposing even more changes.

Those include two video scoreboards and seven signs that are expected to block the view of the rooftop businesses.

“We’ve spent endless hours in negotiations with rooftop businesses. We’ve gotten nowhere in our talks with them to settle this dispute. It has to end. It’s time to move forward. I have to put the team and the fans first,” Ricketts said. “So today, we are going forward with our original plan. We are proposing a master plan to expand Wrigley Field and to have several signs in the ballpark.”

“During the political process to accommodate rooftop owners, we tapered the plan to move forward with a sign in right field and a video board in left. But in the months since, the rooftop owners have made clear that, despite the city approval and our clear contractual rights, they plan to file lawsuit to try and stop our renovation and expansion plan,” Ricketts said.

The rooftop owners have a revenue-sharing agreement with the Cubs that expires at the end of 2023.

“Unfortunately, this decision by the Ricketts family will now result in this matter being resolved in a court of law,” said Ryan McLaughlin, spokesman for the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association.  “The Ricketts family’s decision to unilaterally end negotiations with their contractual partners is another refusal to accept any of the proposed win-win solutions that could have funded the modernization of Wrigley Field and enhance the team’s competitiveness.  In fact, it appears their zeal to block rooftop owners who pay them millions of dollars a year in royalties knows no bounds.”

 

7 comments

  • Frank

    If Ricketts had a brain in his head he'd tell the rooftop pirates where to go and move to Rosemont.
    The last time I looked the New York Yankees are doing just fine in their new ballpark.
    What is the obsession with preserving a "monument to mediocrity" such as Wrigley Field?
    It represents a century of misery, losing and disappointment.
    Time to wipe the slate clean and actually move into the 21st Century.

  • Move the Cubs to a better suited location

    I am tired of hearing all these people say, the Cubs owe us.
    Yes they have a contract, so Ricketts is right he should take them to court and be done with it. These so called “good neighbors” are far from that. These neighbors are buisness entities more or less, not the mom and pop people some would like to portray them to be.
    I agree with the 1st comment, move the Cubs to Rosemont or some area comparable. They will come.

  • Ismael

    The Cubs can move anywhere They want as long as it isn't Du Page county. We do not need another 100 years of losing. As long as idiots support a losing team the owners will never get quality players from free agency. Why get good players when They are making a ton of money with a mediocre product?

  • Donald

    Imagine if you will . . .
    A sparkling new ball park with ALL modern creature comforts . . . . an actual parking lot . . . . . proximity to first class lounges and restaurants (not just "hat bars") . . . .logistically perfect with access from east, west, north or south (via I 90 or I 294 ). . . . quick in and out for visiting teams via neighboring O'Hare Airport . . . . Hotels, Casinos, Theaters, Entertainment venues just down the street . . . . 100% control over generated revenue . . . .etc, etc, etc . . . .

    Mr. Ricketts, with all due respect, why are you fixated on refurbishing that north side dump and dealing with unreasonable rooftoppers????

    Rosemont welcomes and awaits you !!!

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