Rooftop owners with long-term contracts with the Cubs and Wrigleyville neighborhood leaders with concerns over some of the team’s plans won’t roll over quietly. And the team is barely two weeks away from what it has said is a rough deadline for starting the process in time to break ground on the project in October.
Ricketts made it clear the club has no intentions of committing to its 2013 timeline until it gets the concessions it wants to allow street closures and more ballpark signage,
“At this point, before we green light the project, we want to know what the deal is,” Ricketts said. “What we said in January was we’ll pay for the project. But we also need to have control of our ballpark. And that’s still our position.”