4/2 Wrigley update
Can the Cubs install a video scoreboard inside Wrigley Field? That appears to be one of the sticking points in negotiations between the team, city officials and the Wrigleyville rooftop owners. Officials with the Cubs, the city of Chicago and the Wrigleyville neighborhood were expected to continue talks on Tuesday regarding the team’s proposed $300 million renovation plan of Wrigley Field.
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts had set Opening Day as a deadline but no resolution was reached. Mike Lufrano, Cubs executive vice president of community affairs and legal counsel, met Monday at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s city hall office along with top mayoral aide Matt Hynes and Wrigleyville Ald. Tom Tunney of the 44th Ward.
Part of the Cubs’ plan includes installing a 6,000-square foot video screen inside the ballpark. Rooftop club owners want to preserve their views and feel the screen would block them. According to reports, the rooftop owners are willing to put signs on their buildings and let the Ricketts keep the revenue, and they want to extend their agreement with the Cubs.
“There’s good progress made to both to allow the Cubs owners to make the investments they need in the stadium,” Emanuel said during a news conference in Chicago, “and there’s good progress also to make sure the community around Wrigley … sees the type of parking and security they need for games to also enjoy the community.”
— Carrie Muskat