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SBD/Issue 88/Facilities & Venues
Cubs Receive Blessing Of Alderman For Bleacher Expansion
Published January 27, 2005
|Cubs Expanding Den After Alderman
Approves Bleacher Plans
The Cubs’ revised plan to build 1,790 new bleacher seats at Wrigley Field – “without the sidewalk support columns area residents consider unsafe – won the pivotal endorsement” of Alderman Tom Tunney “after the team threw in a few more neighborhood sweeteners,” according to Fran Spielman of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. The Cubs agreed to create a 7,000-10,000-square-foot neighborhood park and pay for a “new trolley service that would pick up fans at Michigan Avenue hotels and take them to Wrigley.” Tunney said that the team also “pledged to create a second remote parking lot if the need arises.” Spielman reports Tunney in return will “sign on to the bleacher expansion” and the team’s plan “to develop city-owned land next to the stadium into a parking garage, restaurant and Cubs hall of fame. All that remains is for City Hall and the Cubs to negotiate a final purchase price.” Tunney added that the cost of the neighborhood park “would be in addition to the $3.3[M] price tag – or whatever amount the two sides ultimately agree upon – for land.” Tunney: “I think we’ve come to a compromise that preserves the integrity of the view and the historic nature of the stadium” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/27).