Wednesday, the first of several public hearings on the proposed renovations for Wrigley Field began, with the focus being on pushing out the walls onto Sheffield and Waveland Aves. The meeting also discussed turning the Captain Morgan Club to a two-story building featuring a deck and signs.
Discussion of the 6,000 square-foot Jumbotron and advertising signs on right field, all of which Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) would like to see reduced in size, will not come up for discussion until a meeting set for July. Tunney also opposes allowing the ballpark to encroach on the public way on Sheffield and Waveland Aves., arguing that such a move "mean[s] the introduction of a public subsidy into the proposal."
Despite sending a letter to the ball club voicing his concerns, Tunney believes a compromise can be reached.
"We're not there yet, but we're moving in an expeditious manner to ensure the Ricketts family that being at the corner of Clark and Addison is the most important location in the world for them to win the World Series," said the alderman, according to the Chicago Tribune.