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Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Tunney and a Cubs Source Essentially Confirm a Deal is Coming

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respect wrigleyLast night we learned that, according to Sun-Times sources, a deal on the funding mechanisms needed to make a Wrigley Field renovation happen is coming by Monday, the Cubs’ home opener. That deal is expected to include outfield signage for the Cubs (including a JumboTron), more night games, more concerts, and a new parking garage.

A Cubs source tells Serena Dai of DNAinfo that, yes, a deal is coming by Monday, and, yes, the details in the Sun-Times report are essentially accurate.

Even Tom Tunney, the Alderman for the 44th Ward in which Wrigley Field sits, and who has frequently been seen as the most difficult member of the discussions, was willing to essentially confirm to the Tribune that a deal is coming.


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“Can we come to an agreement on additional police, remote parking, additional parking in the neighborhood, community infrastructure improvements, and more night games? Yes, I think we can get there before [Monday],” Tunney told the Tribune at a meeting he requested.

Tunney added that there will be signage in the ballpark, though signs outside of the ballpark – including those on the Cubs’ development of the triangular property just west of the ballpark – are still under discussion. (I can’t blame Tunney on that one, since outward facing signs feel like more of a community issue than anything that takes place inside the ballpark.)

Tunney confirmed that, assuming the Cubs mitigate the community impact by way of increased security and parking, he will support increasing the number of allowable night games at Wrigley Field, as well as more 3:05 starts on Fridays.

You can expect the announcement of a press conference – probably set for Monday, just before or just after the game – soon.


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