MESA, Ariz. – Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts addressed the status of the Wrigley Field renovations today at Fitch Park.
Ricketts said discussions with the city, Wrigleyville neighborhood and the rooftop owners are still ongoing. He is hopeful restrictions can be lifted within the next couple of weeks to prepare for construction.
Ricketts ruled out any additional night games being added this season and that all discussions regarding an increase on the limit of 30 night games per season is focused on future seasons.
Ricketts reiterated that he had no update on talks with the neighborhood and rooftop owners. He also ruled out condensing the renovations into two years, thus forcing the Cubs to play elsewhere for at least one season, instead of five years.
"One of the things that we remind people is that there’s a lot of things that we have to deal with at Wrigley Field that other teams don’t," Ricketts said. "Whether that’s signage restrictions, rooftops, other people selling Cubs gear right outside the park. All of that is great for them. It doesn’t help us. We have to get those resources back into the team so I can either give those to Theo [Epstein] to put back on the field or to get those resources into improving and preserving the third largest tourism attraction in the state."
-- Meghan Montemurro