According to a report from the Tribune, the rooftop owners that filed a lawsuit against the Cubs and Tom Ricketts last month for violating terms of its revenue-sharing contract went back to Federal Court on Thursday seeking a restraining order to stop the installation of the outfield signs.
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 against the Cubs and Tom Ricketts in January.
The Tribune explained “McCarthy’s group said the team’s action has created a life-or-death situation and the owners want a temporary restraining order because they say their businesses will be destroyed before the case goes to trial. It’s a short-term fix as the lawsuit seeks a judgment to permanently bar the Cubs from blocking the views into Wrigley.”
According to the Tribune, “if the restraining order is granted, it would further delay the rebuilding of the bleachers.”
The rooftops are attempting to have a judge hear their request by Wednesday, Feb. 18 according to the Tribune.
Due to delays at the beginning of Phase One of the project, the bleachers will not be ready on Opening Night when the Cubs take on the Cardinals.
When the team addressed the delays with the bleacher construction during the convention last month, the left field bleachers were scheduled to be completed by May 11. And the Cubs were targeting the end of May to open the right field bleachers.
Without any further delays, the Cubs said the left field video board would be installed and operational by Opening Night and the right field video board would be ready at the same time the right field bleachers opened.
The left field bleachers started taking shape earlier this week. And the Cubs released a video detailing the progress being made on project last week.
The Cubs have not addressed the latest legal maneuver made by the rooftops and the possible ramifications it could have on the timeframe to have the left and right field bleachers completed.