Deadline on Wrigley Renovation Deal Extended

There was “sufficient progress” on Monday in marathon discussions between officials from the Chicago Cubs, the mayor’s office and Ald. Tom Tunney’s office, and Cubs executives have have agreed to continue discussions beyond their self-imposed April 1 deadline, sources told NBC Chicago.

Those sources say the new deadline for all involved is the Cubs home opener next Monday.

The team earlier this year proposed the five-year plan to renovate the Friendly Confines, even offering to fully fund it all if the city would relax some of its rules on advertising, concerts, and night games.

But rooftop owners, who currently share 17 percent of their profits with the team, expressed concern that any new billboards on the stadium would block their views and devastate their business. The Wrigley Rooftop Association offered a compromise — digital screens on their buildings instead of the stadium itself — but team officials weren’t fond of that idea.

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