Beth Murphy, owner of Murphy’s Bleachers and spokesperson for the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association, has a message for anyone who thinks the rooftop owners are leaching off the Cubs’ product.
There was no joy in Wrigleyville on Wednesday night.
Despite reports that a Wrigley Field renovation is expected to be agreed upon before Monday’s home opener, the rooftop owners are still unhappy with the negotiations.
The Chicago Cubs and their Wrigleyville neighbors appeared close to an agreement Tuesday to give Cubs owners the green light for their planned renovation of the team’s landmark stadium.
With the Cubs’ self-imposed Monday deadline quickly approaching for a deal on $300 million in renovations for Wrigley Field, the major sticking point appears to be the size of a Jumbotron-style video screen the team wants for the stadium.
Wrigleyville Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) on Wednesday flatly denied reports that he suggested tearing down the landmark hand-operated scoreboard at Wrigley Field to make way for a big video display that would not block the views of rooftop clubs around the ballpark.
The Cubs got the go-ahead Thursday to hold two more summer concerts at Wrigley Field, but that could be all they get for a while if local Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) has his way.
The billionaire family that owns the Cubs sweetened the pot Wednesday in an apparent attempt to prod Mayor Rahm Emanuel into siding with the team in the dispute over Wrigley Field signage that’s holding up a $300 million plan to renovate the historic ballpark.
Wrigley rooftops are rarely inspected by city health officials and some haven’t been inspected at all since 2008.