Commemorative Wrigley bricks found discarded in landfill: report
PONTIAC, Ill. – Commemorative bricks from Wrigley Field were reportedly discovered at a landfill in Pontiac, Ill.
The Daily Leader reports:
“Over the last couple weeks, rumors had circulated around Pontiac about residents being in possession of such pavers, having received them from an unknown party or parties possibly working as a driver or drivers for Republic Services, which runs routes from Chicago to Pontiac and dumps waste from the metropolis at the local landfill.”
The newspaper attempted to reach Republic Services but was “redirected several times” and eventually a voicemail was left unreturned by the Cubs organization.
The “pavers” have been available for fans to purchase and personalize since 2006. When time came for the Wrigley renovations, fans expressed concerns about the plans for the bricks already in place.
The Daily Leader reports that back in March 2015, Cubs Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs Julian Green and Cubs Vice President of Ballpark Operations Carl Rice held a press conference and read prepared statements saying:
“While some Wrigley Field personalized pavers have already been removed on the ongoing construction, there are also some that have remained in the same location and will be accessible during the 2015 season … It was determined the best long-term solution and location for the pavers is outside the Budweiser Bleachers on Sheffield and Waveland.
Our plan is to replace and relocate all personalized pavers following the 2015 season. We anticipate the new pavers will be in place by Opening Day 2016. The original pavers will not be available for distribution and we will communicate specific locations once the design lays are finalized with those personalized pavers.”