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Thursday, October 21, 2021

It’s time for the city of Chicago to repeal the Wrigley Field night game ordinance

The Los Angeles Times reported essentially the same thing:

But the vote left irate residents of the Wrigleyville area surrounding the ballpark crying “foul.” They say night games will rob residents of scarce on-street parking spaces and turn the peaceful, tree-lined neighborhood into a summertime haven for drunks staggering out of the ballpark and nearby bars.

“Lights will mean total chaos,” moaned Dennis Kowal, who has lived less than a block from the park for 43 years. “We wouldn’t have no rest, no peace.”

Reality: None of that has happened. Zone permit parking for residents has alleviated parking issues and in fact, the Cubs allow residents to park in one of their lots on non-game days. There hasn’t been vandalism; in fact, the neighborhood around the ballpark is probably safer now than it’s ever been. The Cubs help with security and cleanup after both day games and night games. Under both Tribune Co. ownership and that of the Ricketts family, the team has generally been a good neighbor.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2021 at 11:49 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

Thursday, August 05, 2021

The Cubs move ahead with plans for a Wrigley Field sportsbook

Last September, the Cubs unveiled plans to partner with DraftKings for a sportsbook in the neighborhood around Wrigley Field, and last month it was revealed that the team was moving forward with those plans, which require approval by the Chicago City Council.

Today, Danny Ecker of Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the team will make a presentation to the Council Thursday:

The team is slated to go before the Commission on Chicago Landmarks today to present its plans for a 22,350-square-foot structure that would be developed along the southeast corner of the stadium at Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street, team plans show.

It’s a key step toward building the future DraftKings Sportsbook at Wrigley Field—part of a sponsorship deal the team struck last year with Boston-based DraftKings—and stands to make gambling an integral part of game day at the Friendly Confines.

But there are significant hurdles to clear: In addition to winning approval from the landmarks panel, the team needs the City Council to sign off not only on the development itself but also pass an ordinance that would allow sports betting inside the city’s major stadiums.

Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) introduced such an ordinance last month, but the proposal was sent to the Council’s Rules Committee, which could stall its consideration. The ordinance isn’t without controversy, as some aldermen are concerned that sportsbooks at pro sports venues including Wrigley Field and the United Center could cannibalize spending at a future Chicago casino, something the city is counting on as a vital new revenue source.

In addition, the team would possibly have to get approval from Major League Baseball to have a sportsbook inside the ballpark, per this ESPN article from September 2020:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2021 at 11:24 AM | 47 comment(s)
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