Cubs holding off on Wrigley reno until 2015, except for giant ad sign, because ad signs wait for no man

This should surprise absolutely no one given that Opening Day is just a little over a month away, but Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts has announced that renovations to Wrigley Field will be put off until after the season, what with the lawsuits and the move threats and everything. Until at least after the season, I should say:

“It’s our goal to get the [Wrigley Field] project started at the end of the season,” Ricketts said. “I’m not sure if there’s a hard date that goes with that.”

But even if the long-awaited Brand Plaza will have to wait, Ricketts is hoping to have his “see-through” advertising sign (note: not actually see-through) installed in April, because hey, that’s another year of revenue, right? I’m not sure how that’s going to work given that the neighboring rooftop owners are suing under the charge that this will block their views of the field (which are protected under the rooftop owners’ contract to share revenue with the Cubs, though there’s an exception for any “expansion of Wrigley Field approved by governmental authorities”), but I’m sure it’s nothing a few more injunction requests can’t solve.


One comment on “Cubs holding off on Wrigley reno until 2015, except for giant ad sign, because ad signs wait for no man

  1. No surprise indeed.
    In fact, had Rickett’s not finally stated that renovations are off until next year, I expected a mention in the delay of renovations/construction being centered on the absolutely BRUTAL winter we have been enduring in the Chicago area.