After hearing both sides state their cases Wednesday, Judge Virginia Kendall handed down her ruling Thursday morning and denied the rooftops request for a temporary restraining order.
Judge Kendall said “the rooftop owners did not satisfy the burden of demonstrating irreparable harm if the signs went up” according to the Tribune.
Multiple reports indicated the next step in the process is a preliminary injunction hearing that is scheduled for March 23.
Construction of the outfield signs and video boards will continue without any legal delay.
From the Feb. 12 report, the two rooftop club owners are attempting to stop the installation of the video board in right field and the additional signage the team received approval from the city to install because the signs will block their views into Wrigley Field.
Ed McCarthy, the majority owner of the properties at 3633 N. Sheffield, the Lakeview Baseball Club, and 3627 N. Sheffield, Skybox at Sheffield, filed the lawsuit in January. McCarthy’s group said the team’s action has created a life-or-death situation. The owners say their businesses will be destroyed before the case goes to trial. The lawsuit seeks a judgment to permanently keep the Cubs from blocking the views into Wrigley.
Due to delays at the beginning of Phase One of the project, the bleachers will not be ready on Opening Night. Without any further delays, the Cubs have indicated the left field bleachers were scheduled to be completed by May 11 and the team was targeting the end of May to open the right field bleachers.
The left field video board is scheduled to be installed and operational by Opening Night. The right field video board would be installed and operational at the time the right field bleachers are completed.
- Full Report from the Tribune
- Full Report from CBS Chicago
- Cubs File Motion Opposing Rooftops Request for Restraining Order (Feb. 17)
- Rooftop Owners Seeking Restraining Order to Stop Sign Installation (Feb. 12)
- Rooftop Owners File Lawsuit Against the Cubs (Jan. 20)
Construction has continued on the left and right field bleachers. The Cubs have not provided an official update on the bleachers but are expected to address the Judge’s decision to deny the rooftops request for a temporary restraining order at some point Thursday.