Report: Wrigley Field Likely to Get the All-Star Game … in 2016

Although the Chicago Cubs petitioned MLB to have the All-Star Game at Wrigley Field in 2014 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley, MLB doesn’t believe the old girl can take it.

According to a report from ESPN Chicago, MLB feels Wrigley Field, in its current condition, could not handle all the festivities that accompany the All-Star Game. Further, there apparently isn’t a reasonable expectation that the Wrigley Field renovations could be completed (if at all) in the next three years, so MLB can’t count on the Cubs making Wrigley more accommodating in time for the 2014 All-Star Game.

But, sources say, the renovations are expected to be in place within five years. That means Wrigley Field, freshly renovated, could be an ideal site for the All-Star Game come 2016.

The All-Star news, while exciting, is probably secondary to the Wrigley renovation news. Consider this: short of playing a season or two in another ballpark, the renovation is likely to take more than a few years. As far as we know, public funding has not officially been secured. So does this mean the Cubs are planning on moving forward with the renovation soon, with or without the city/state?

The report also says that the Ricketts family has been buying up property around Wrigley Field, presumably in advance of renovations that would turn the area into an expanded Wrigley experience. Another sign that the project is going to be proceeding soon?

Seems likely to me. And, if I were guessing, I think we might get an announcement soon about the same. Whether the public funding aspect will be in place by then, or will ever be forthcoming, remains to be seen.

If you still want to be sentimental about the possible All-Star date? 1916 was the first year the Cubs played at Wrigley Field.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

16 responses to “Report: Wrigley Field Likely to Get the All-Star Game … in 2016”

  1. hardtop

    100 yr anniversary of weeghman park? it’d be nice, but the 2016 date is equally cool.

  2. Brian

    I’m excited for the renovations. The only concern I have is about the area outside of Wrigley. I am sure Ricketts has the best intentions but I do not want the areas around the ballpark to be controlled directly by the Cubs (bars, shops, etc.). If they touch Bacci’s I will get very angry though.

  3. EQ

    interesting.. hope they get it and hope Sandberg is the NL manager.. if you know what I mean!

  4. 1CubFanInPA

    I concur with Brian’s sentiments. Wrigleyville, in its’ current status, is just as much the allure as the ballpark itself. Living on the east coast I am only able to get out to Chicago every other year to take in games, and I look forward to the pre and post-game fun at Murphy’s Bleachers, Slugger’s and the Corner Bar as I do the games themselves. And since I was just out there last weekend for the St. Louis series my next trip out will probably be during the renovations in 2013. I only hope the neighborhood isn’t adversely affected by any of the plans.

  5. STG3

    Are you ever going to try put up the forum again or is that a no go?

    1. TWC

      Last time I asked bout this, Ace directed me to http://forum.lady gaga.com.

      1. Jeff

        That’s better than where he sent me: http://www.forum.menwhowanttobeladygaga.com

        1. TWC

          If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard THAT, I’d be a millionaire.

  6. RoughRiider

    Maybe they can dig up and roll out Frank Chance on a dolly for the cerimonial first pitch.

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