The Cubs received approval on the new branding arch and expanding the footprint of Wrigley Field by the City Council Zoning Committee on Thursday.
The Cubs moved closer to beginning the restoration project on Thursday when the zoning committee gave the team the approval to move the outer wall of the park 25 feet closer to Sheffield Avenue. The branding arch will stretch over Clark Street between Patterson and Addison streets and will allow the team to sell additional advertising.
The additional space in right field will allow the team to add concessions and a make the Budweiser deck bigger.
The next step in the process is for the additions to “pass through the Committee on Transportation and Public Way on Dec. 10 before full City Council consideration the next day (Dec. 11).”
And according to Danny Ecker, the new sports plaza liquor license has been tabled until the team and the city receive more community input. Ald. Tom Tunney introduced the ordinance that would allow the Cubs to sell alcohol in the plaza outside of Wrigley Field. Tunney indicated on Wednesday his community needs more input and he wants to make sure “the community understands it and is supportive of it.”
As for the progress with the rooftop club owners, Danny Ecker reported the Cubs “have been encouraged by recent discussions with the Wrigleyville Rooftop Association” but there was nothing new to report on Thursday.
A city panel approved an ordinance on Wednesday that reduced the number of night games the Cubs can schedule. According to a report from Crain’s Chicago Business, “under the new rules the team would reduce the maximum number of scheduled night games to 43 from 46, the number approved by the City Council in June.”
The Cubs conceded the three additional night dates so “the city would drop its authority to veto days and times chosen for rescheduled games.”
The Committee on License and Consumer Protection approved an ordinance on Wednesday that increased “the number of security personnel on hand outside Wrigley Field after Cubs games, requiring that no less than 10 Chicago police officers are within a mile of the stadium for two hours after game, three hours for Friday and Saturday games.” The Cubs also agreed to pay “for at least an additional 10 security personnel.”
The ordinance that was introduced by the Committee on License and Consumer Protection on Wednesday also addressed remote parking for Wrigley Field. As was agreed upon in April, the Cubs are now required “to expand remote parking and make it free.” The remote parking must be increased by 500 spaces on its lot near the DeVry campus. There will now be 1,000 parking spaces and a free shuttle service from the lot to Wrigley Field. It cost $6.00 to park in the lot last season.
The Cubs are limited to four concerts per year at Wrigley Field and under the new ordinance the Cubs would pay fines for concerts that continue beyond 11:00pm. Under the new ordinance, the Cubs would owe the city $5,000 if a concert extended 30 minutes past the curfew (11:00pm – 11:30pm) and $15,000 if the show went past the 30 minute mark. If a concert was to extend past midnight, the Cubs would pay the city $30,000 for each half-hour after that.
The new ordinance that covers night games, security, parking and concerts goes to the City Council for consideration on Dec. 11.