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Cubs Reaction to Wrigley renovation plan is positive

CHICAGO -- Reaction to the Cubs' five-year plan to restore Wrigley Field has been positive, once fans are assured the field itself will not change, the ivy will still be on the outfield walls, and the renovation does not call for a third deck to be added.

The Ricketts family revealed the $300 million renovation plan for the ballpark at the 28th Cubs Convention on Saturday. The Ricketts are willing to pay for the renovations if the city of Chicago will ease some of the restrictions. What are the issues?

Night games: In 1988, the Cubs received permission from the city to play 18 night games per year. In 2004, the city council approved an increase of four night games per year through 2006. They now play 30 night games, and the Cubs would like more -- including a few on Saturdays. The Cubs also want Friday home games to start at 3:05 p.m. CT again. The restrictions were placed because the ballpark is located in a neighborhood, which has become commercialized over the years.

Concerts: The city gave the Cubs permission to hold two concerts in 2005, and $150,000 of the proceeds were donated to neighborhood schools. In 2009, the Cubs were allowed to host three concerts. They'd like to have more, without having to ask for permission.

Signage: The Cubs and the city agreed in 2010 to a four-year moratorium...
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