The Cubs entered Round Two of their Wrigley renovations fight today with the gloves off.
Cubs President of Operations Crane Kenney showed off the expanded expansion plans for Wrigley Field today.
The double decker clubhouse will be underground, in this space along Clark and Waveland and include locker rooms, a 200 seat auditorium, weight rooms and more. At 30,000 square feet it is nearly triple the size of the current clubhouse and would be the second largest in the majors, behind the new Yankees Stadium.
Above it, the plans call for team’s office building, which is already approved.
Inside the park is the most visible and potentially controversial.
Plans call for additional seating above the sidewalk on Sheffield plus two new lighting towers and seven signs in the outfield, including video boards and advertising. Last year, the city approved only two signs total.
Some of the new signs will likely obstruct views across the street.
The rooftop owners, which the cubs had at the table last year, with failed results are now shut out. The Cubs simply want to get city approval and go.
The new plans, the Cubs say, will allow them to finance the $375 million project without public money.
The team will meet with the city’s landmarks commission next Thursday for approval.
They hope to break ground on the clubhouse in early July.
If all goes as planned, the entire project, including the hotel across the street will be completed for opening day 2018, 4 years from now.