Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
Will the friendly confines get a facelift anytime soon?
There is a chance, as Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and company have been mulling over plans to renovate the 98-year-old ballpark.
Ricketts recently told csnchicago.com that they are taking the renovation plans one step at a time. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig also said that he will be willing to help the Cubs if the need arises.
Why should the Cubs leave Wrigley behind?
Well, there are a couple of reasons, with the most obvious one that they have not won a World Series championship during their tenure at the ballpark. Also, from a purely functional viewpoint, the Cubs have outgrown Wrigley as they are in need for a ballpark with modern amenities.
Rich Cohen of the Wall Street Journal also made a case for why "Wrigley Must Be Destroyed," saying that tearing down the ballpark will be only way to cure years upon years of ineptitude.
Where will the Cubs go?
The short answer is nowhere! There were some unsuccessful discussions years ago about the Cubs moving to the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg. They also may relocate to Miller Park in Milwaukee or US Cellular Field on the South Side of Chicago temporarily if wholesale renovations take place.
Minor renovations have already been taking place over the past few offseasons as the Ricketts have added several small cosmetic changes to the stadium, such as upgraded bathrooms and a new party deck in the old right field bleachers.
If the Cubs do get a new ballpark it probably will be on their current site of 1060 West Addison. Don't expect wholesale changes to take place, though, for at least another couple of years.