CHICAGO (AP)—A national recession and a baseball team that is in the midst of its own depression are adding up to tough times for the rooftop bleachers surrounding Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
The rooftops are scrambling to find Chicago Cubs fans to sit in the gleaming mini-stadiums they’ve constructed in recent years.
Rooftop owners say the recession has made it more difficult to find corporate customers willing to shell out $30,000 to host an event during a Cubs game. And they say to lure smaller groups and individual fans to the rooftops they’ve had to drop their prices—sometimes drastically.
One rooftop has fallen into foreclosure and some others say they’re not making nearly as much money as they did just a couple of years ago.