Based on the report, it appears that the process could begin as early as October of this year, continuing on through the 2013 season in preparation for the 2014 season. 2014 is the centennial for Wrigley Field—that's right, it's been 100 years for the Cubs at Wrigley.
That's two golden Jubilees, if you know what I mean.
But it also raises another interesting idea: The Cubs are expected to be bidding for the All-Star Game, and although it usually alternates between the leagues, they hope an exception will be made so the Cubs can honor the stadium and show off its latest upgrades.
It will be interesting to see how the compensation process goes between the Boston Red Sox, Cubs and MLB. Could the Cubs make a larger concession, in the form of cash or prospects, in order to help their attempt at the All-Star Game?
I am more in favor of upgrading Wrigley Field than you would think. I love the scoreboard, the ivy, the troughs—all that. But one thing that bothers me are the facilities for the players, on both sides.
It would be ideal if the Cubs would ease the upgrades in by working from the end of the season to Opening Day, six months in all. But with the All-Star Game in their sights this might be the best move.
They certainly need it.
I saw firsthand when I covered the Cubs in 2009 how much they need better facilities.
Would you be okay with the Cubs playing games at U.S. Cellular in 2013?
The clubhouse needs a complete overhaul. They need room to breathe, a place to sit down and watch TV and eat that is not the workout room—not a kitchen that looks like it belongs in a one-bedroom apartment.
As for the away clubhouse—for one, it is up a flight of stairs. Now, that might not be able to change, but they too deserve a slight upgrade.
What else do you see changing for the Cubs?
Is it possible to add an upper deck in the outfield? Would it be worth it right now, given the state of the club?
I see them putting in more shopping stores and maybe adding some new food options, probably upgrading the bathrooms to some extent and improving some of the property they now own around Wrigleyville, like the McDonald's lot across the street.
Would would you like to see them do?