Wrigley Field renovation talks continue

April 12, 2013 3:24:37 PM PDT
Talks over plans to renovate Wrigley Field are ongoing and little details about what's being negotiated are made public.

One expert says this is a complicated deal that will take some time to complete.

Even in the cold and misty rain of an April home stand the faithful show their allegiance.

The Mayor has said negotiations between the city, the owners of the Chicago Cubs and neighborhood interests are in the bottom of the eighth inning. There are reports of a deal that would expand the ballpark's footprint on both Waveland and Sheffield Avenue's.

"It's a very complicated matter and I think we have a lot of really smart people working really hard and earnestly trying to make this work. I think we'll get there," Laura Ricketts said.

Sources say a deal would allow the outfield walls to be pushed out further, allowing massive revenue producing electronic signs that would not completely impair visibility from Wrigley's rooftop neighbors.

"I hope this is vetted in the neighborhood. I hope that our rooftop views are not blocked. I hope that our contract is honored," said Beth Murphy, Wrigley rooftop Association.

But the rooftop owners are not part of the official negotiations. ABC7 was unsuccessful in contacting Alderman Tom Tunney, who as 44th Ward alderman represents the Wrigleyville neighborhood. But a sports business consultant says it's important a win-win deal gets done soon.

"We always talk about, 'time kills deals,' said John Rowady, Revolution Sports Marketing. "Time isn't on your side. When people are willing to invest and have the things in place to do that, you want to take advantage of that moment."

For the fans a deal is something they hope will only enhance their experience of coming down to the ballpark.

"If everybody can make good about it, I think the fans would love it and it would be a great improvement for the city," said Cubs fan Mike Ridge.

With the talk of there being a win-win-win solution to get a renovation deal done, it does not mean that anybody, especially the rooftop owners, has said they will not go to court to get what they want as part of this deal.