Chicago Cubs unveil $500M plan to renovate Wrigley Field, legal dispute could be looming

  • Article by: DON BABWIN , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 15, 2013 - 5:03 PM
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rshacklefordApr. 15, 1311:02 AM

(article quote): "Mayor Rahm Emanuel hailed what the two sides called a "framework" agreement in a joint statement issued Sunday night, noting that it includes no taxpayer funding." ---- WHAT?!?! NO taxpayer funding?? The team is going to RENOVATE their stadium? Say It Ain't So. cc: Dayton, Rybak, Taxes Committee, Finance Committee, Mpls City Council, etc, etc.

Don't Feed the Greed GuyApr. 15, 1311:09 AM

Today's most recent sign of an impending apocolypse: "The Cubs said the video screen they are proposing to build is 6,000 square feet, and would be built with 'minimal impact on rooftops with whom (the) Cubs have an agreement.'"

walterjohnsnApr. 15, 1311:54 AM

Lipstick on a pig.

zekim09Apr. 15, 1312:22 PM

"No tax payer funding" is a pretty carefully worded phrase. The city isn't giving sacks of money to the Cubs; however, there are numerous other considerations that the city is giving the Cubs. This includes additional land to expand the park (for free) and pre-approval for new businesses owned by the Cubs (a restaurant/merchandise store and a hotel). I'm also sure that the final agreement will also include numerous tax breaks as well. The Cubs will also get 30%-50% more night games per season and have more Friday afternoon games. This will cause an increase in revenue for the Cubs as more folks can attend those games. This will cause a increased cost to the city for police coverage, but that cost is hidden elsewhere.

oldmannickelApr. 15, 1312:22 PM

Hopefully they don't butcher this renovation like they did with Soldier Field. The Bears should've just built a new stadium vs. defacing that stadium. Good luck with this one, Chicago.

supervon2Apr. 15, 1312:30 PM

Now if this had been Minnesota they would have built a new stadium downtown and make it twice as expensive from everything to parking to peeing.

HenryRhettApr. 15, 1312:36 PM

Would the rooftop owners sue if the Cubs and the City of Chicago decided to build a new stadium elsewhere in the city?

atoonceApr. 15, 13 1:57 PM

rooftop views? what a joke, how many other stadiums have rooftop views? Get with the 21st Century. No rooftop view for you!

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