Wrigley Field Restoration Update: Wrigleyville Group Demands Changes to Cubs’ Plans

According to a report from the Sun-Times, Jill Peters, President of the Southport Neighbors Association, has demanded “the Cubs scale back their request for more night games and signage at a renovated Wrigley Field, nix plans to enlarge the stadium’s footprint and reduce the height of the hotel they plan to build across the street.”

Fran Spielman reported the Cubs are expected to release detail plans for the renovation project next week that will include renderings for all of the additions, including the 6,000 square foot jumbotron. The renderings are expected to include details of the new sign in right field, the LED ribbon board and the hotel.

According to the report, Jill Peters is demanding no more than 37 night events that would include concerts and 3:05pm start times on Fridays as part of the night game package. As part of the deal that the Cubs and Mayor Rahm Emanuel agreed to, the Cubs would be able to have 40 night games with the flexibility to schedule 11 more night games, four concerts and six 3:05pm start times for Friday afternoon games.

The press was asked to leave Monday’s neighborhood meeting so the restoration plans could be discussed.

While a framework for a deal that would pay for the renovation of Wrigley Field has been agreed to, there appears to be quite a bit of work to be done.

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