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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Chicago Cubs facing federal review over Wrigley Field access

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials are investigating whether the Chicago Cubs’ ongoing $1 billion renovation of Wrigley Field provides adequate wheelchair access.

The Cubs have filed a notice of the review in Chicago federal court where the team is defending itself against a lawsuit filed by a wheelchair user who alleges the stadium’s seating doesn’t meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards and is actually worse than before the renovation.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a team attorney wrote in a letter to the judge that the Cubs believe the renovation has “significantly increased” accessibility in the 105-year-old stadium, but that the team is halting plans to install more accessible seating before the 2020 season, calling it prudent to wait for federal officials to conduct the review.

 

QLE Posted: December 07, 2019 at 10:35 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: lawsuits, wrigley field

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   1. puck Posted: December 08, 2019 at 06:46 PM (#5906868)
The renovation costs $1 billion?
   2. Walt Davis Posted: December 08, 2019 at 08:27 PM (#5906889)
Wiki put the original price tag at $575 M over 5 years which included a plaza, hotel and office/retail complex. Also the visiting team no longer has to change in the restrooms at Murph's. Looks like it's been a year since the Wiki entry was updated but I didn't notice anything in there about the price tag jumping to $1B.
   3. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: December 09, 2019 at 05:29 PM (#5907267)
It only cost about $6.43MM (in 2019 dollars) to build Wrigley in the first place. (Hell, the new scoreboard probably cost more than that...)
   4. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: December 09, 2019 at 05:58 PM (#5907273)

I believe the Madison Square Garden renovation a few years ago also cost $1 billion.
   5. Moses Taylor, glorified meat shield Posted: December 09, 2019 at 06:08 PM (#5907276)
Wiki put the original price tag at $575 M over 5 years which included a plaza, hotel and office/retail complex. Also the visiting team no longer has to change in the restrooms at Murph's. Looks like it's been a year since the Wiki entry was updated but I didn't notice anything in there about the price tag jumping to $1B.

I also posted this in the Gonfalon blog:

During a recent panel discussion with Sports Business Journal, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts acknowledged that the team missed its budget for the Wrigley Field renovations by “around 100 percent.” That aligns with what the Cubs had already confirmed publicly, from an initial projection of $545 million to an estimated $1 billion cost for the entire development.


There were some weather delays I can recall, as the majority of the work was done in the off-season (and the off-seasons were shorter for several of those years). There was also the year the bleachers weren't ready for the start of the year, and I'd assume stuff like that - well the lost revenue - is being counted in the budget overage. I'm sure some of this is just how they're accounting for it, but I'd be pretty pissed if the expenses were that far over the plan.

It's also worth noting, the Cubs have bought a bunch of buildings around Wrigley - maybe half of the rooftops last I heard - so I'm guessing those were part of the initial budget, but are being lumped in here.

Regardless, no matter how much they are limiting the baseball budget, I have absolutely zero doubts the Cubs are totally in the black here (and that's not even counting the X multiplier in the franchise valuation).
   6. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: December 09, 2019 at 06:17 PM (#5907282)
The renovation costs $1 billion?

The cost of the new Rams stadium in LA is over $5 billion now.
   7. Zonk didn't order a hit on an ambassador Posted: December 09, 2019 at 06:23 PM (#5907284)
It's also worth noting, the Cubs have bought a bunch of buildings around Wrigley - maybe half of the rooftops last I heard - so I'm guessing those were part of the initial budget, but are being lumped in here.


It's well over half at this point.... closer to 3/4.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 09, 2019 at 06:25 PM (#5907285)
How long until they sell the naming rights? Probably not totally, but something like "MyPillow Park at Wrigley Field" or "Wrigley Field, only 21 miles from the Village of Bedford Park."

I'll give it two years.
   9. puck Posted: December 09, 2019 at 09:50 PM (#5907327)
The cost of the new Rams stadium in LA is over $5 billion now.

That's not just the stadium, right, but the entire real estate development including the homes, retail, and hotel?

If the Cubs are including all the extra real estate around the stadium, the $1 billion renovation makes more sense.
   10. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: December 09, 2019 at 11:28 PM (#5907345)
That's not just the stadium, right, but the entire real estate development including the homes, retail, and hotel?

If the Cubs are including all the extra real estate around the stadium, the $1 billion renovation makes more sense.

No, the rest of the development is an additional $5 billion. So the projected cost for the entire development is up to $10 billion now.
   11. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: December 10, 2019 at 12:25 AM (#5907348)
It's nice to know that even billionaires get this stuff wrong.

C'mon, everyone knows that when you renovate the job always takes twice as long and costs twice as much as the original quote.

Builders all over the world in both huge commercial projects down to the smallest bathroom reno must have a secret guide whereby the quote is always less then half the final cost. Not sure how they manage to pull that off, but it always seems to be a thing.
   12. bobm Posted: December 10, 2019 at 01:16 AM (#5907349)
I thought it was only the Mets who needed to provide its players with handicap access from the dugout to the field. :)

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