The Cubs on Tuesday took the wraps off their plan to renovate Wrigley Field with taste, subtlety and a sense of history, but insisted the team needs every square inch of new signage, city sidewalks and streets — and every one of the night games and 3:05 p.m. starts — to make it work without a public subsidy.
“If you are renovating a large public asset like Wrigley Field that brings tourism dollars and enormous tax receipts in — in every city, you get significant financial incentives to do it,” said Crane Kenney, Cubs president of business operations.
“We may only get some use of sidewalks and a lane of street. I’d take the several hundred million dollars [over that]. That’s a very good trade on the mayor’s part…compared to what happens elsewhere.”