One of the most storied and recognizable stadiums in all of professional sports is about to undergo a major facelift. Along with the city of Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have reached a $500 million agreement to renovate the 99-year old park. The second-oldest stadium in baseball houses a team that has seen little to no success as of late, and so chairman Tom Ricketts will look to inject some sort of excitement into Cubs baseball.
One of the main upgrades is a new big screen which will be around 6,000 square feet, over three times the size of the electronic video screen currently installed in the Friendly Confines. This, along with new signs around the ballpark, will allow for a ton of advertising profit to come into the organization.
While most of this seems to benefit the Cubs’ organization, a unique agreement with property owners around the stadium may throw a wrench into the renovation plans. The organization allows some owners of nearby businesses to have rooftop viewings of Cubs games which is a longstanding tradition. The Cubs have promised that there will be minimal interference for the rooftop viewers, but that fear has yet to be quelled.
The Cubs will look to upgrade Wrigley Field and hope to see a rejuvenation and renovation in their clubhouse and win-loss record as well.