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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.

  • hardtop

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

  • 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.

  • EQ

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

  • 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.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Agreed. I love all things Cubs, but there’s a … naturalness to Wrigleyville as it is now. I fear artificiality.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        And yes, I did turn the word “fear” red. Testing is afoot…

        • MichiganGoat

          Tease

      • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

        That’s the main thing – Wrigley is beautiful and unique because it preserves the feeling (and reality) of a small park placed in the middle of an actual urban neighborhood.
        I remember when the surrounding buildings were originally converted into extra “seating” and clubs, etc…
        I hated that at the time – I miss watching the guy in a wife beater sitting in his window watching the actual game while his tv was on in the background.

  • STG3

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

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      It’s coming. Very soon. Just want to make sure and get it right this time.

    • TWC

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      • Jeff

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

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          I don’t want to BE Lady Gaga, I just want to be NEAR Lady Gaga.

        • TWC

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

  • RoughRiider

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

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