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Rooftop Owners Sue Over Wrigley Improvements

Chicago Cubs LogoOwners of the rooftop clubs near Wrigley Field sued the city Thursday, seeking to block a city-backed plan that will allow the Cubs to expand the aging ballpark.  Read more here

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Ballpark Quirks: Wrigley Field’s Brick and Ivy Outfield Wall

Sports IllustratedChicago Cubs LogoIn a series called “Ballpark Quirks,” Sports Illustrated takes a look at the distinctive features and oddities that make up each of MLB’s 30 parks. Up now: Wrigley Field’s brick and ivy outfield wall.  Read more and view photos here.

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Cubs Score Victory with Landmarks Commission

Chicago Cubs LogoThe Chicago Cubs have taken a step toward with their plan to renovate Wrigley Field, as the city’s landmarks commission on Thursday signed off on a project that includes a second video board, outfield signs as big as 650 square feet, light standards in the outfield and seats replacing the current bullpens down the foul lines.  Read more and watch news report hereRead more here.

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Wrigley Renovations on Deck July 10, Rooftop Owners Agree Not to Sue If…

Chicago Cubs LogoThe Chicago Cubs are on the July 10 agenda for the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and expect to win approval for their revised plan to renovate Wrigley Field, including seven outfield signs — two of them video scoreboards.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.  Meanwhile, the rooftop owners have agreed not to sue if only two signs are erected.  Read more here.

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Cubs Positioning Self Against Rooftop Owners

Chicago Cubs LogoThe Chicago Cubs released a revised plan for Wrigley Field’s renovation Tuesday that calls for new signs, including some that would block the view from nearby rooftop venues, and warn that the team’s management would consider moving to another site if they are not allowed to control their ballpark.  Read more hereWatch video from Cubs chairman Tom RickettsGo to WrigleyField.com.

Wrigley Field renovation rendering, Chicago Cubs Facebook page

Wrigley Field renovation rendering, Chicago Cubs Facebook page

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Going Back to the 30s at Wrigley Field May 16-21

Chicago Cubs LogoWrigley Field will celebrate the 1930s during the next Cubs homestand, and the landmark marquee will return to its original green color with gold trim.  The festivities are part of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary party.  Read more and watch video hereRead press release here.

Chicago Cubs Giveaways May 16-21

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Wrigley’s 100th in Pictures

Chicago Cubs LogoJoe Mock from BaseballParks.com has posted a photo essay of his experience attending the 100th anniversary celebration of Wrigley Field last week.  Enjoy!  Read more here.

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The Biggest Wrigley Field Cake Ever

Chicago Cubs LogoA 400-pound, 5-foot by 5-foot replica of the Friendly Confines made a 12-hour trip from Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken (NJ) — made famous on the reality TV show “Cake Boss” — to the real, brick-and-mortar Wrigley Field this week for the stadium’s 100th anniversary celebration.  Read more and view photo hereBut a sad ending here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the links.

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And Wrigley Field Turns 100!

Chicago Cubs LogoIt was Happy 100th Birthday for Wrigley Field on Wednesday, and according to first-hand accounts shared with us and all the news reports, the celebration did not disappoint.  Read more and watch fans singing “Happy Birthday” hereRead more about the day and check out the Cubs chairman gushing in the broadcast booth.  Still can’t get enough?  Read the “Friendly Confines Still a Baseball Mecca” by Joe Mock via USA TODAY SportsBring back memories by checking out Mock’s top 13 moments in Wrigley Field history and photo gallery, also via USA TODAY Sports.

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Wrigley Celebrates 100 Years

Chicago Cubs LogoThe celebration of the century kicks off Wednesday as Chicago’s Wrigley Field marks one hundred years.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Joe Mock Interviews George Will About His New Wrigley Field Book

Joe Mock BaseballParksWhile working on an article on Wrigley Field’s long history for USA Today Sports Weekly, Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com interviewed political commentator, Pulitzer Prize winner, and baseball fan George Will, who just released a book on The Friendly Confines entitled A Nice Little Place on the North SideRead full interview hereRead more about Will’s book here.

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Did You Know These 10 Things About Wrigley Field?

Chicago Cubs LogoWrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is turning 100 this year.  Here are 10 things you might not know about the ballpark:  Read more here.

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Cubs Prepare for 100th Anniversary of Wrigley Field

Chicago Cubs LogoThe Chicago Cubs on Friday revealed some of their plans for the 2014 season to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.  Read more here and here.

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Signage Test Run at Wrigley Field Fails with Rooftop Owners

Chicago Cubs LogoThe Chicago Cubs on Wednesday briefly raised a mock-up of a 650-square-foot script sign at Wrigley Field as a test run to allay fears of nearby rooftop club owners who don’t want to see their lucrative views of the playing surface blocked by signage.  The rooftop owners were not satisfied.  Read more hereView photos here.

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Wrigley-Like Rooftops for Ballpark Village

St. Louis Cardinals LogoWrigley Field-like rooftops at the new Ballpark Village taking shape outside Busch Stadium will be part of the St. Louis Cardinals experience when the season opens in April 2014.  Read more and watch video here.

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Signature Gut Bombs Available at MLB Parks

ETMIn ESPN The Magazine‘s Sept. 30 Franchise Issue, Rachel Ullrich takes a look at a number of few gut-busting food items available at six Major League Baseball ballparks.  It’s early Tuesday morning, and we’re thinking PNC Park’s Brunch Burger would hit the spot right now!  Read more here.

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DuPage County Wants to Lure Cubs

Chicago Cubs LogoDuPage County (IL) Board Chairman Dan Cronin says he’s given the go ahead to the county’s economic development board to begin scouting for potential stadium sites for a possible new stadium for the Chicago Cubs.  Read more here.

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Cubs vs. Rooftop Owners

Chicago Cubs LogoDon Babwin from the Associated Press takes a detailed look at the emergent battle between the Chicago Cubs and rooftop owners outside Wrigley Field over the team’s proposed improvements/ signage that could negatively impact views.  Read more here.

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Poll Provides No Boost for Cubs, Rooftop Owners

Chicago Cubs LogoNearly half of the voters in a Chicago Tribune/WGN poll said they side with neither the Chicago Cubs nor the rooftop owners in the ongoing debate to renovate Wrigley Field.  The team’s efforts were backed by 28 percent of voters, while the rooftop owners were backed by 21 percent.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, the Cubs have launched a new website for their renovation push.

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The Wrigley Debate

Chicago Cubs LogoBob Nightengale from USA TODAY Sports has written a comprehensive and informative piece about the neighborhood battle raging over proposed plans to renovate Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.  It’s a good read.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe Mock for the link.

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Cubs Threaten Move

Chicago Cubs LogoWe think there is a little  huffing and puffing here, but Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts is threatening to move the team out of Wrigley Field if ownership doesn’t receive approval from the city for upgrades, including more signs in the outfield and a giant video scoreboard.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe Mock for the link.

Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field Rendering

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Cubs, City Reach Deal on Wrigley Renovations

Chicago Cubs LogoThe Chicago Cubs have reached a deal with the city of Chicago to give Wrigley Field a $500 million facelift, which will include the installation of an electronic video screen that is nearly three times as large as the hand-operated scoreboard currently atop the center-field bleachers.  Read more here.  Rooftoppers are a tad concerned.  Read more here.

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Las Vegas to Advertise at Four MLB Parks

Las Vegas SignThe Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is partnering with four Major League Baseball stadiums to advertise the fun of Sin City.  The four parks chosen include Dodger Stadium, Wrigley Field, Rangers Ballpark, and Citi Field.  Read more here.

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Cubs Will Fund $300M in Wrigley Renovations If City Eases Restrictions

Chicago Cubs LogoChicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said Saturday the team will fund an ambitious $300 million renovation plan at Wrigley Field if the city eases some of its restrictions around the stadium.  Read more hereView conceptual drawings here.

CTH Proposed renovations to Wrigley Field

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Cubs Unveil Wrigley Renovation Plans

Chicago Cubs LogoThe Chicago Cubs unveiled renovation plans for inside and outside of Wrigley Field at a neighborhood meeting Tuesday evening.  Proposed plans include adding a hotel across the street and a community gathering place for people to come and watch outdoor movies.  Read more here.

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Cubs Replace Field at Wrigley, Fewer Events on Tap

At a cost of $400,000, the Chicago Cubs are completely replacing the field at Wrigley Field, which has taken a beating from all the non-baseball events held on the playing surface this past year.  To reduce future wear and tear on the new turf, the Cubs are expected to curtail the number of on-field activities.  Read more here.

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Commission Approves Wrigley Upgrades, More Football Possible

By a 5-1 vote Thursday, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks’ permit review committee approved a plan by the Chicago Cubs to move the brick wall at Wrigley Field three feet closer to home plate to make room for 56 premium box seats.  The team also received permission to reconfigure a nearly 12-foot-long section of the wall along the third-base line to make it movable for football games.  Read more here.

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Cubs Organist Celebrates 25 Years

One of the last surviving members of his craft in the industry, Chicago Cubs organist Gary Pressy celebrates 25 years at Wrigley Field, and he says he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.  Read more here.

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Selig: Rebuild Wrigley, All-Star Game Will Come

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has apparently offered up the All-Star Game at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, as an incentive to the city to encourage a public-private partnership to update Wrigley à la Fenway Park.  Improvements to Wrigley are pegged at $300 million, with an additional $200 million for the new “triangle building.”  Estimated economic impact of the ASG to Continue reading

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Demolish Wrigley? Point/Counterpoint

Rich Cohen in the Wall Street Journal’s News Hub explains his rationale for calling for the destruction of Wrigley Field.  Read more hereAndy Buchanan rebuts Cohen in the Wall Street Journal’s Daily Fix.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the story.

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Reviving Wrigley Field: Modeling Fenway Park

Can D’AIQ Architects do for Wrigley Field what they did for Fenway Park to bring the facility into the modern era without destroying its character, history and all things that make this park great?  Blair Kamin from the Chicago Tribue’s Cityscapes journal explores this fundamental question.  Read more here.

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Cubs Have $500M Plan on Deck for Wrigley

The Chicago Cubs have a $500 million plan on the table to bring Wrigley Field up to snuff, including $300 for the stadium itself and $200 million for a new “parking, entertainment and multiuse structure off the west wall of the ballpark.”  The Cubs also have a proposal to pay for it.  Read more here.

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A Sneak Peek at Wrigley Improvements

Chicago Tribune reporter Paul Sullivan takes a look at a few changes inside Wrigley Field, including the new Budweiser patio in right field and the LED board underneath the scoreboard.  Read more and view video here.

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Rangers Announce Captain Morgan Club

Diageo, the owner of the Captain Morgan and Jose Cuervo brands, has signed a multi-year deal with the Texas Rangers to secure the naming rights for the new 9,000 square feet restaurant and sports bar at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. It shall be known as the Captain Morgan Club. Sounds like the place to be!  Read more here and here. View photos Continue reading

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Cubs Adding Patio to Right-Field Bleachers

The Chicago Cubs have announced the addition of the Budweiser Patio to the right-field bleachers at Wrigley Field.  The new deck will provide capacity for up to 150 fans and include a new 75-f00t LED board.  Read more here.

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‘The Wall’ Coming to Wrigley

A press conference has been scheduled for Tuesday to announce that Pink Floyd will be bringing “The Wall,” a concert/show based on the group’s 1979 concept album, to Wrigley Field next summer.  According to group founding member Roger Waters, it looks like Wrigley won’t be the only baseball stadium on the 2012 summer tour.  Read more here.

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Young Gun Finishing Up First Year in the Cubs’ Press Box

Rookie announcer Andrew Belleson, 24, is nearing the end of his first year with the Chicago Cubs.  Belleson, a long time Cubs fan, won the job after competing against nearly 3,000 other YouTubers who auditioned for the role.  Read more and watch video here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Wrigley Field and Old Style Beer Parting Ways?

Chicago Cubs fans are crying in their beer that the relationship between Old Style beer and Wrigley Field could come to an end after the 2011 season.  Pabst Brewing Company is reportedly considering pulling the plug on the 61-year partnership.  Read more here.

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Rough Season for Chicagoland Beer Vendors

Beer sales are reportedly down 30 percent at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field.  Arguably, “The weather, the losses, and the no-shows…” are at least part of the problem.  Attendance is down 2,313 and 1,117 per game for the Cubs and White Sox, respectively, so far this season.  Read more here.

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