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Mayor Of Chicago Suburb Tries To Lure Cubs With New Ballpark, Fewer Restrictions
Published March 19, 2013
WORTH A SECOND LOOK? In Illinois, Mike Imrem writes, "While others wonder why Rosemont would even suggest luring the Cubs, a better question is why not?" Stephens "never should be underestimated." The community is "a beast that will gobble up any entertainment venue that would help get outsiders to spend money there." Imrem: "So why shouldn't Rosemont position itself for any potential development, and why shouldn't the Cubs seriously ponder the possibilities of a free 25 acres of land for a replica Wrigley, lower amusement taxes, accommodating politicians, advertising signage inside the ballpark and an unlimited number of night games during an 81-game home schedule?" Suburban sprawl is now "so far out that getting to games in Rosemont would be a pleasure compared to traveling to Wrigleyville." The town is "situated to attract both urban and suburban fans." But the risk is the Cubs would "lose one advantage: They can lose 101 games and still draw from 2.5 million to 3 million fans to Wrigley Field" (Illinois DAILY HERALD, 3/19).