Cubs Urged to Begin Wrigley Renovations

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013  |  Updated 5:44 PM CDT
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Ald. Tunney's Emotional Address to City Council

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It's time to start building.

That was the message Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) had for the Chicago Cubs after the Chicago City Council passing another set of ordinances related to Wrigley Field Wednesday.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the new ordinances would vacate up to 25 feet of street and sidewalk on Waveland and Sheffield to accomodate wider aisles, additional concessions, a larger Budweiser deck and support systems for two outfield signs; a branded arch over Clark Street instead of a pedestrian walkway; up to 43 night games a season and the right to add additional signs inside and outside the park without city approval.

Tunney said the Cubs "need to start the work as soon as possible," noting that the Ricketts family "has new ideas every month, so we may be back."

The mayor agrees.

"I join you also, alderman, in hoping we now get to work in building exactly what the City Council has done and plowing this ground through these series of ordinances that are passed now," Emanuel said during the meeting.

A Cubs spokesman told the newspaper that there were still issues to be resolved, likely the threat of a lawsuit from rooftop owners who object to the new outfield signs that could block views of the field.

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