Ideas for a New Chicago Cubs Ballpark in Rosemont, Illinois
While the future of Wrigley Field remains uncertain, fans continue to speculate about the possibility of the team moving to west suburban Rosemont, Illinois.
Despite the fact that Wrigley is a national icon, there are many amenities that the ballpark is physically incapable of providing. Here we take a look at some of the possibilities a new Rosemont stadium presents, from the structure to the surrounding area.
Replicate the Manual Scoreboard
Wrigley Field's scoreboard is perhaps the most recognizable feature of the ballpark. Constructed in 1937, the scoreboard is famous for its manual operation, large clock and distinguishable flags on top. The Cubs were granted "landmark status" for certain aspects of Wrigley Field in 2004, including the large scoreboard, meaning that the structure cannot be altered.
The best option for a Cubs stadium in Rosemont would be to build a new scoreboard that is exactly like the original but to allow enough space for all 30 teams to fit. The current structure only allows enough space for 24 teams.
Move the Wrigley Field Marque—If Possible
The Wrigley Field marquee is another aspect of Wrigley Field that is designated as a landmark. If the team were in fact to move to Wrigley Field, the new ballpark would be far from complete without the iconic old-fashioned sign.
The Cubs would have to pull some strings in order to be able to move the sign, but it would certainly be worth the process.
Construct Offices or Buildings Behind the Outfield Walls to Reflect the Rooftops
One of the most unique aspects of Wrigley Field is the surrounding neighborhood and rooftops across the street.
Perhaps a great design idea would be to locate the team offices behind the outfield walls.
This would not only reflect Wrigley Field's surroundings, but would also divert the eyes from the unexciting surroundings of the proposed site.
Orientate the Ballpark to the Southeast
Here's something that many people don't consider.
All non-enclosed ballparks (with the exceptions of Denver's Coors Field and Cleveland's Progressive Field) face an easterly direction. The main purpose for this is to eliminate the western setting sun in the batter's eye.
If the Cubs were to orientate the Rosemont ballpark to the southeast (like U.S. Cellular Field on Chicago's South Side), the skyline would be visible in left field. Additionally, the stands would eliminate a great deal of the noise pollution from the interstates to the north and south.
Offer Space Around the Ballpark for Current Wrigleyville Establishments
Almost as well-known as Wrigley itself are the surrounding establishments, such as the Cubby Bear Cafe, Murphy's Bar and countless Cubs merchandise shops. Many of these businesses would struggle if the Cubs were to ever leave the Wrigleyville neighborhood.
Allotting space for some of the existing establishments around Wrigley Field would not only help save the businesses, but would also greatly benefit the Cubs by stimulating the surrounding economy and providing some well-known hangouts for Cubs fans.
Construct a Restaurant to Be Open Year-Round in the Park
One of the most unique parts of stadiums such as Chase Field in Phoenix and Miller Park in Milwaukee are the restaurants in left field. Not only can you dine inside the ballpark during the game, but the restaurants are also open to the public year-round.
Who wouldn't want to enjoy a delectable meal while sitting inside the warm comfort of a restaurant inside the Cubs' snow-covered stadium?
The restaurant could also bring in added revenue to the Cubs organization.
Provide a Convenient Transportation Hub Around the Ballpark
Sufficient transportation would be crucial in getting a Rosemont stadium constructed. Not only would the stadium require proper access from the Metra train line or the "L" train, but a bus terminal and direct access from the airport would be convenient as well.
Perhaps the new design could incorporate a vehicular or pedestrian bridge from O'Hare Airport to the ballpark, providing direct access for travelers going to the stadium and vice versa.
Include a Hotel Next to the New Ballpark
There's a reason the Cubs are currently trying to build a hotel next to Wrigley Field.
Including a hotel in or next to the new ballpark would be of great benefit to both fans and the Cubs. Instead of out-of-town fans staying in the suburbs or downtown Chicago, they could have the option to stay right next to the ballpark and O'Hare Airport.