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Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts talks to the media Monday. (Photo by Vine Line)
The Cubs and the city of Chicago reached an agreement on a renovation plan for Wrigley Field Sunday night which will give the historic landmark and the surrounding area a $500 million facelift. The plan calls for all the money to come from the baseball organization, with no public dollars needed. After unveiling the Cubs’ proposed alterations early Monday, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts spoke to the media on the concourse level of the stadium.
“This massive investment will help us generate the resources we need for our baseball operation to develop championship-caliber players,” Ricketts said. “If this plan is approved, we will win the World Series for our fans and our city.”
Ricketts estimated that the renovation will add 1,300 permanent jobs to the area. Much of the Q&A session was spent discussing two major topics: the proposed digital scoreboard and the leniency towards more night games.
The proposal calls for 40 night games, 10 more than the current 30 games. Should MLB or its national television contracts require them to play more than five home night games, it will not count towards the total. While there will be no proposed Saturday or Sunday games (except for national TV games), they hope to get upwards to six 3:05 Friday start times. Wrigley Field will also host up to four concerts a year.
The Cubs also proposed a 6,000 square foot digital scoreboard to be placed in left field.
“We spent a lot of time talking to our fans, about how they feel about a video board at the park,” Ricketts said. “…I like Wrigley Field, I’m very traditional, but the fact is that when you look at what the fans are asking for, to improve their game day experience, and you add to that the economic value of a video board, it becomes obvious that it’s the best step for us.”
In addition, an advertisement similar to the Toyota sign will be constructed in right field. Ricketts said he is trying to be considerate of the nearby rooftop owners and will even cantilever the scoreboard over the street to minimize blocked views.
The renovations will take an estimated five offseasons to complete. The deal is still pending final community and city approval. Other highlights to the proposal include plans to add 1,000 free remote parking spots, new public safety and traffic management plans, closing of Waveland Avenue from Sheffield to Clark before, during and after games, constructing a new two-story Captain Morgan Club for an additional merchandise store and more space in the visitors’ clubhouse, more flexible space in the left and right field corners as well as a hotel next to the stadium.
There’s nothing like a fresh start to the season at the Friendly Confines. Though the Cubs ninth-inning comeback attempt fell short and the team ultimately dropped their home opener 7-4 to the division rival Brewers, it was still a beautiful day for baseball at Wrigley Field. After a rainy morning, the clouds miraculously parted, and the game-time temperature was in the mid-60s. Cubs Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins were all on hand, along with Chicago dignitaries like Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Tom Tunney. Vine Line shared the Opening Day festivities with Jenkins, Anthony Rizzo and several of the newest Cubs players.
The days of simply serving hot dogs and Cracker Jacks are firmly in the past.
For the 2013 season, Levy Restaurants will be selling a wide, new selection of food offerings at Wrigley Field, including Dippin’ Dots ice cream and Uncle Dougie’s Barbeque Sauce. Chicago-based Uncle Dougie’s, which makes natural, gluten-free, small-batch products with no high-fructose corn syrup, MSG or preservatives, becomes the official barbeque sauce and official Bloody Mary mix of the Chicago Cubs.
In addition, Levy will debut new vegetarian dishes like the veggie hot dog, as well as a chopped salad. Those options will join the veggie burger, fruit and veggie cups, and other vegetarian items.
The High Plains Bison cart, located on the right field main concourse, will feature a bison bratwurst with sauerkraut or grilled onions, a bison Italian sausage with sautéed peppers and marinara, and a footlong bison hot dog with various toppings.
Levy will also debut pretzel sandwiches like the ham and Swiss, roast beef and cheddar, turkey and Swiss, or vegetable. Other options include an Italian beef sandwich called the Sheffield Dip, Italian beef nachos, a footlong hot dog called the Chicago Chop, and Chicken and Waffle Stix.
Guests interested in the Wrigley Field food options can search the amenities map on the Cubs website.
(Photo by Stephen Green)
Ever dream of running through Wrigley Field like your favorite Cubs players? All you need to do is sign up for Chicago Cubs Charities’ 8th Annual Race to Wrigley 5k Run, presented by Athletico Physical Therapy.
The Race to Wrigley, which will take place on Saturday, May 11, starts and finishes at Wrigley Field and helps kick off the baseball season the right way. The course winds through the streets of the Lakeview neighborhood before returning to the Friendly Confines, where runners get a chance to run through Wrigley Field’s ground-level concourse, finishing under the famous marquee at Clark and Addison.
But the Race to Wrigley is about more than just fitness. It also offers runners an opportunity to show their support for a good cause. This year, personal fundraising proceeds will benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly known as Children’s Memorial Hospital.
After you sign up for the race, you can create your own personalized fundraising page. Or if you’re not interested in lacing up your running shoes but still want to help, you can become a virtual runner on the race’s website. Runners and virtual runners who raise $1,000 or more become Race MVPs. These lucky competitors get to run a victory lap around the Wrigley Field warning track and see their name in lights on the scoreboard.
Participants can register for the race at www.racetowrigley.com. Registration is $40 for a chip-timed run or $35 for a fun run. The chip-timed price will increase to $45 and the fun run price to $40 starting April 12. The chip-timed run begins at 8 a.m., and the fun run begins at 8:10 a.m.
The 2013 Race to Wrigley will be capped at 10,000 total runners. Registration will be closed once this capacity is reached or after May 9.
Danica Patrick’s life has revolved around racing cars since the age of 10, when she was growing up in Roscoe, Ill. Since 2005, the driver and cultural phenomenon has participated in the IndyCar Series, the NASCAR Nationwide and the Sprint Cup Series. Before Patrick threw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field on July 1, Vine Line got a chance to talk to her about visiting the Friendly Confines, competing in a sport where she’s often the only female and forever being known (for better or worse) as the GoDaddy girl.
To read the entire article, pick up the February issue of Vine Line.
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From Hack Wilson to Ernie Banks to Anthony Rizzo—Wrigley Field has seen it all. The celebrated venue turns 100 years old during the 2014 season, and now Cubs fans will have an opportunity to be part of the stadium’s rich history by participating in the “Wrigley Field Turns 100 Logo Contest.”
Fans will be given the opportunity to submit a design they feel best captures Wrigley Field’s century of baseball tradition. The winning design could be selected as the official logo for the yearlong celebration in 2014. It also may be featured at Wrigley Field, on Cubs merchandise and possibly on the 2014 Cubs uniforms.
“Millions of fans have enjoyed historic moments at Wrigley Field for almost a century, including Chicago Cubs and Bears games, college football, hockey, ski jumps, concerts and more,” said Alison Miller, senior director of marketing. “The ‘Wrigley Field Turns 100 Logo Contest’ gives our fans throughout the country a chance to commemorate these special memories, whether they’re a 13-year-old student or a professional graphic designer. We’re excited to see our fans’ creativity and look forward to showcasing the winning design throughout the 2014 season.”
The winning designer and a guest will receive airfare and accommodations to Chicago and will be honored during the logo unveiling before a home game at Wrigley Field. The winner will also receive tickets to the game as well as a personalized jersey.
Participants can upload an original, creative logo design by Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m. CST. A group of finalists will be posted to http://www.cubs.com for fan voting in April. The final design will be unveiled at a Cubs home game later this summer. Submissions must be in .jpg, .gif or .png file formats, and should not exceed two megabytes in size. Official rules, an upload form and examples of entries are available at www.cubs.com/logocontest.
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The Chicago Cubs and Northwestern University Athletics announced a historic partnership on Tuesday that will bring football back to Wrigley Field for the first time since Northwestern and Illinois squared off in 2010. The multiyear, innovative event and reciprocal marketing partnership will showcase a wide range of Wildcats athletic programs—including baseball, lacrosse and five Northwestern football games—at historic Wrigley Field in the coming years.
“We are thrilled to partner with a professional sports franchise as iconic as the Chicago Cubs in an agreement that truly is the first of its kind,” said Jim Phillips, Northwestern University vice president for athletics and recreation. “As Chicago’s Big Ten team, this is a natural fit that will create tremendous opportunities for our student-athletes, our coaches and our fans in the area.”
As part of the partnership, the Friendly Confines will potentially serve as a home venue for many of Northwestern’s 19 varsity programs over the coming years. Two sports programs have set tentative dates to kick off the partnership. On April 20, Northwestern baseball will host the Michigan Wolverines in a Big Ten matchup. In spring 2014, the Wildcats’ women’s lacrosse team, winner of seven of the last eight NCAA championships under head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, plans to host regional rival Notre Dame.
According to Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney, all profits from these events will go back into the Cubs baseball operations. The dates of the five football games are yet to be determined, as Big Ten schedules are being reworked due to the additions of Maryland and Rutgers. The restoration of Wrigley Field is also a factor.
“To do this on a consistent basis, we have to have a renovation of the park so that the field fits the right way,” said Cubs owner Tom Ricketts. “But we’ve anticipated that in our designs, and we look forward to making sure we get the right renovations in so we can hold a [football] game every year.”