4/15 Cubs renovation plan
Here are details of the Cubs’ renovation plan for Wrigley Field:
Outside Wrigley Field
* New Parking Plan: The Cubs will offer 1,000 free remote parking spots with shuttle to Wrigley Field for all night and weekend games. The program will be readjusted after three years if cost exceeds $100,000 and, if so, fee may be charged or costs of operating the lot may come from community infrastructure projects and investments.
* New Comprehensive Traffic Management Plan: New traffic lights will be installed on Clark Street. One traffic light (cost: $350,000) to be paid by the Cubs and two to be paid for from the existing CubFund.
* New Public Safety Plan: 30 additional safety personnel will be outside the park after games to ensure public safety (10 of which will be provided by Cubs).
* City and Cubs to explore new rules banning low-flying aircraft around Wrigley Field to protect the community from noise and other disturbances.
* Cubs will contribute $1 million to School Street play lot funding effort ($250,000 to come from first year’s infrastructure contribution).
Inside Wrigley Field
* 40 night games (baseball only); up from current 30 games. This does not include playoffs, All-Star Game, events outside the baseball season, events when fewer than 15,000 are expected to attend, games rescheduled because of weather or other cause, or other events excluded under the current ordinance, which will be allowed as well. No Saturday or Sunday night games unless MLB schedules for national TV purposes.
* Special ordinance for concerts (maximum of four), with no additional cost to Cubs. These do not count as a Night Game. Weekends permitted. Anything beyond four concerts will count as a night game.
* Six 3:05 p.m. CT starts on Friday, up from current zero games.
* The Cubs will have flexibility to schedule smaller events in-season and to schedule off-season events at Wrigley Field without sacrificing a night game or incurring additional cost.
* One 6,000-square foot videoboard in left field. Cubs will choose the location with goal, where not inconsistent with the needs of the ballpark, of minimal impact on rooftops with whom Cubs have an agreement. The videoboard may be further cantilevered over the public street to help further minimize impact on rooftops.
* One sign in Right Field of 1,000 square feet in the style of the existing Toyota sign. Cubs will choose the location with the goal, where not inconsistent with the needs of the ballpark, for the sign to have minimal impact on rooftops with whom Cubs have an agreement.
* Cubs to have discretion on all signage inside the ballpark not impacting rooftops, including for example: center field restoration; LED ribbon board along upper deck grand stand; new fan deck in left field with signs; new sign on wall in right field; behind home plate.
* The city will vacate the sidewalk and one street lane on Waveland Avenue (Sheffield to Clark) at no cost to Cubs, which will be incorporated into the ballpark, subject to a requirement to maintain eight feet of sidewalk. This will allow the left field video board to be moved further north, thus minimizing sightline impact on rooftops. It also increases the open space on the plaza by moving the office building further North.
* The city will vacate sidewalk on Sheffield Avenue (Addison to Waveland), at no cost to Cubs, which will be incorporated into the ballpark, subject to a requirement to maintain eight feet of sidewalk.
* New two-story Captain Morgan Club on Addison Street of at least 14,000 square feet with merchandise store and space for visitors’ clubhouse, to replace the existing street-level restaurant.
* New additions to the ballpark in left field and right field corners to allow more flexible space for Cubs fans, including connection points to bleachers and grandstands at height of current bleachers. The right field addition will also include a ground floor restaurant opening (an expanded version of the Sheffield Grill) onto Sheffield Avenue.
* Beer sales extended to end of seventhh inning or 10:30 p.m. CT, whichever is earlier, and until the end of concert for concert dates.
* Use of Sheffield Avenue for weekend home games between Memorial Day and Labor Day beginning two hours before game and ending at end of second inning. After plaza construction is completed, use of Sheffield Avenue will be reevaluated to determine if Sheffield or the Plaza is appropriate location for pre-game activity.
* The City will maintain and enforce, through 2023, current rooftop capacity limits, current rooftop height limitations and current advertising ban within the Rooftop District.
* New hotel, size and density to accommodate 175 rooms, 75 parking spaces, food and beverage (including alcohol as appropriate), retail and a 40,000 square foot health club (at corner of Clark and Addison).
* Pedestrian bridge with public access over Clark Street connecting hotel and plaza at no cost (other than actual cost of construction of the bridge).
* Approximate 85-foot structure at north end of Triangle property to house offices, hotel meeting space, retail and a kids zone. Advertising will be allowed on south and west faces of building.
* Four-screen digital board with limited hours of operation (off from 11 p.m. CT to 6 a.m. CT) to be erected in Plaza. Can be used for advertising, viewing Cubs games, movies in the park and other purposes.
* The plaza, located west of the ballpark, will be used for public summer activity center and winter ice rink when not otherwise used for events. Ability to operate in the plaza, including sale of food and beverage, retail space, restaurants, special and recurring events, etc., to meet desired use. Alcohol allowed.
* Planned Development will be submitted as soon as possible, with final approval votes to take place prior to October 2013.