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Cubs Seek To Add Revenue Through More Night Games, Concerts

Cubs Seeking To Add More Night Games, Concerts
The Cubs are "talking about adding an unspecified number of night games and about holding two more outdoor concerts in 2008 to duplicate successful shows by Jimmy Buffett and the Police," according to Fran Spielman of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. In '04 the Cubs signed a 12-year agreement with the city of Chicago that allowed the team to "phase in 12 more night games -- to a maximum of 30 per season," but Cubs Chair Crane Kenney is "hoping to amend it after another round of negotiations with community leaders." Kenney said that team officials have "bent over backward over the last four years to build a relationship with the community that we didn't have before." Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney said the Cubs have put "everything on the table." Tunney noted that the Cubs have discussed "more night games and changes to a planned development that requires the team to either build a 400-space parking garage or add more parking" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/28).

COMMUNITY RELATIONS: Tunney said that he is "resigned to a naming rights deal" for Wrigley Field, but he "takes a dim view of changes that would affect the surrounding neighborhood." The Chicago City Council in '04 made Wrigley an official landmark, a designation that "requires special permission for proposed alterations." Tunney said Cubs officials now "want to get out of the landmark (designation), period." Tunney added that the team wants to "increase the density of the proposed commercial project." Cubs VP/Community Affairs Mike Lufrano: "There are a lot of ideas being tossed around while the ownership of the team and stadium are being discussed, but everything we have done here at Wrigley Field of late has been done in a way that is sensitive to the community" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/28).

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