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.

Full Report from the Chicago Sun-Times

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

    Gotta love Chicago politics. Here’s hoping Ricketts has balls.

  • texcubnut

    At least the same size balls that Jill Peters seems to have.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

      Rim shot!!

  • Brp921

    It seems pretty clear to me. The neighborhood no longer wants a baseball team there.

    • Dorasaga

      It’s always easier to kill the goose.

    • Gramps

      I wonder if these people ever think about what the neighborhood would be without the Cubs. Lower property values probably about a quarter of what they are worth right now, businesses moving out because the neighborhood could not support them without the Cubs and one positive….it would be quiet — very, very quiet.

      • Rational Logic

        I said that months ago. Right on. Why bite the hand that feeds?

  • BosephHeyden

    I’m still waiting to hear Ricketts’ logic for saying THIS is the move that will win the Cubs a World Series. Because it seems like it’s going to be way more work than, you know, creating a World Series caliber team.

  • John_CC

    Wow, so basically everything that the Cubs, the Mayor, and Ald. Tunney agreed on is now being nixed by a neighborhood organization. Perfect.

    Rickett and Cubs should go back and say fine, we’ll just fix the decrepit stadium and keep it just like it is, but we’re not paying for it, it will be on the city i.e. taxpayers and the Southport Neighborhood Curmudgeons Assoc. No out-of-pocket money, no hotel, no 1500 permanent jobs in the neighborhood…just a “remodel” to keep dear old Wrigley just like it’s always been! Keep your dilapidated McDonalds and miserable parking and traffic problems. Then spend the money that would have gone into the stadium to buy the roof-tops out right and raze them.

    • DWalker

      City and state won’t pay for it. States broke and Ricketts are republicans. Still not sure how they get 1500 jobs, but I think we know why they wanted the sign so big. Because now the can go down to a reasonable size as a negotaition to keep all the night games and most of the rest. The rooftops ony real bargaining power is within the scope of their contract. outside of that, they can whine all they want but they won’t have the bite.

      • John_CC

        I know they won’t pay, but that’s the point. The family is willing to shell out $500M to improve the facitlities and the neighborhood.

        How about they buy the rooftop building and say they want to make a soup kitchen and shelter to provide for the homeless and improve the quality of life for the less fortunate in the neighborhood.

        I’m just sick of this crap.

        You’re right though about the size of the jumbotron, it has always seemed overly large for this reason.

  • Guest

    “Southport Neighbors Association” sounds like 100 people who think they matter. They’ll be mowed over by the city.

  • SuzyS

    Well, as they say, “You can please some of the people some of the time….but never all the people all the time.”
    They’ll come to some sort of deal the Cubs like….and I for one, am going to ignore all the malarky going on before they reach “deal or no deal status.” It’s tiresome.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Just move. The neighborhood would wither. They don’t seem to realize they really have no leverage. Any neighborhood in the country would welcome the Cubs with no caveats…

  • Dnuge

    What these neighbors don’t seem to understand is that without the Cubs there is no Wrigleyville ! Time to move on to the surburbs !

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  • paulcatanese

    The Cubs should install a large liberty bell under the scoreboard scheduled to ring every 1/2 hour starting at mid-night at stopping at eight AM, not stopping until a deal go’s thru. Bong, bong, bong, and so on.

  • Henry

    It is time to move! build a beautiful park with a retractable dome! Ricketts will be surprised to see what communities will offer for a chance to be home of the Cubs.

    If Ricketts stays in Wrigleyville he will always be at the mercy of the neighborhhood!

    I have great memories of Wrigley but it is time to close this chapter of Cubs history.

    When the Cubs won their 1st World Series they played in the West Side grounds. When they won their second World Series they played in the West Side Grounds. When they won their third World Series they played in ………… Wait they have never won a third!