Monday, April 16, 2012

Chicago Mayor wants to relax Wrigley Field's landmark status in order to renovate the ballpark

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to make sure the Chicago Cubs organization gets the money it needs to renovate Wrigley Field.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a plan for renovating Wrigley Field
Emanuel's plan involves relaxing Wrigley Field's landmark status, which would pave the way for the Cubs organization to raise as much as $150 million in revenue from advertisers and sponsorships from the stadium and surrounding streets.  The plan also calls for more concerts and non-baseball sporting events such as football games.  The plan is similar to the one that saved Fenway Park in Boston, which is where Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein came to the Cubs from.

Emanuel wants to renovate 98-year-old Wrigley Field without overburdening taxpayers.  The plan includes shutting down the area near Sheffield and Waveland for game-day street fairs.  There has also been talk of sponsored gateway arches on area streets that would welcome people to Wrigleyville.  The plan would add more outfield signage behind the bleachers. Another possibility could be a JumboTron in right field.

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