Cubs Have Home Field (Renovation) Advantage

Better amenities, performance still unknown

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    CHICAGO - MAY 16: A general view of Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs take on the Houston Astros on May 16, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Astros 5-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    New owners. New attitude. New Wrigley Field. New Cubs?

    As Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts showed off the many and much-needed upgrades of his ball field Friday, it almost eclipsed the years of World Series winlessness that has settled into Wrigley.  Almost.

    VIDEO: Inside the New Wrigley Field

    VIDEO: Inside the New Wrigley Field
    Big changes are in store for Cub fans at Wrigley Field this season. Off the field, that is.

    “It’s a new day at Wrigley Field," Cubs President Crane Kenney said about the upgrades. "We’re very proud of the work that’s been done.” 

    The question is will better bathrooms equal better batting averages. Or if paying $48,600 for a couple of season tickets along the third-base line translates into post-season play.

    Ricketts said his family spent the $10 million to “improve the overall experience for everyone who comes through the gates here.”

    Killing the curse would do that, too.

    “The Ricketts family and Cubs management is always going to be looking to preserve the stadium, to improve the stadium,” he said. “Hopefully, it all looks good to everyone.”

    Come Monday, when season one begins, go ahead and enjoy that bison burger and the extra urinals. Things always look better when they are new.