City leaders, Cub owners officially break ground on Wrigley Field renovations

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For the first time in a long time, Wrigley Field was open in October, sadly--it wasn't to play baseball at the 100 year old stadium.

After months of negotiations with the city, rooftop owners and people who live in Wrigleyville, Cubs owner and CEO Tom Ricketts, joined city leaders and the commissioner of baseball Bud Selig in a ceremonial groundbreaking.

Over the next four years there will be about a half billion dollars in renovations and expansion done to the stadium the Cubs call home.

City leaders say the project which will be done in phases should generate about two-thousand new jobs.

The face lift includes adding video screens over the objection of rooftop owners in left and right field.  A new modern clubhouse for the team, moving the bullpens off the foul lines and expanding the bleachers as well as the concourses.

Theo Epstein, the man the Cubs hired to rebuild the team says rebuilding Wrigley will give his young players the tools they need to perform their best.

Which could mean Cub fans may actually have a chance to fill the stadium in October for not just a groundbreaking.

But for a world series win.


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  • Jim Scheidler

    That sucks…taking out the icon of bleachers….a new or renovated stadium does not give players a better edge over competition. Good players, managers, and owners do that.

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