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Cubs playing home games at U.S. Cellular?

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08:16 AM ET 02.15 | Could the Cubs be playing "home" games in unfriendly confines? That's the rumor from Wrigleyville as Cubs officials mull whether or not to perform a gut-rehab on the historic field in Lake View during the 2013 season. Should team brass decide that the time is ripe for -- and they secure funds for -- a renovation of Wrigley Field, they could move their games across town to U.S. Cellular Field. ... "I have never heard of a done deal of moving home games to the 'Cell,'" said Dennis Culloton, a spokesman for the Ricketts family. Workers at U.S. Cellular tell a different story. They say they are being warned of a much busier 2013 season (as in, prepare for double the games). Bridgeport bar owners tell a similar story.

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February 15, 2012  08:40 AM ET

Well, they were going to kick this idea around sooner or later. This is something that would make neither fan base happy. Lots of denials at this point that it will ever happen. It depends on the willingness of both sides to actually make it a reality. It's a potentially ugly compromise

February 15, 2012  08:50 AM ET

It's whatever. It would be funny to see Cubs fans have to travel south of the Loop.

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February 15, 2012  09:02 AM ET
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It's whatever. It would be funny to see Cubs fans have to travel south of the Loop.

Talk about eating you hat. They would better off playing at Wrigley while they are rebuilding it, bulldozers and all

February 15, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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It's whatever. It would be funny to see Cubs fans have to travel south of the Loop.

Yeah, if you consider watching Cubs fans get car-jacked, stabbed, robbed and mugged funny.

February 15, 2012  09:08 AM ET

Why not do what the Red Sox did with Fenway. They have made improvements to the park during each and every off-season since current ownership took over. I guess this must be a much more extensive renovation that they have in mind for Wrigley.

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February 15, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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Why not do what the Red Sox did with Fenway. They have made improvements to the park during each and every off-season since current ownership took over. I guess this must be a much more extensive renovation that they have in mind for Wrigley.

I don't know, they did a ton of work up in Boston. Hard to imagine there'd be that much more to do in Wrigley.

Then again, maybe it's not a case of what needs to be done, but rather how quickly it needs to be done. I suppose it's possible that the Cubs have put off the renovations for so long that they have to get it all done quickly for saftey reasons. I remember reading about concrete falling and whatnot, so maybe there's some structural issues.

February 15, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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Concrete supports are failing/concrete disintegration... There are some major structural issues that need to be addressed from what I've heard.

I think MLB would be put off by the idea of Wrigley collapsing on fans during a series against the Cardinals.

February 15, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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Concrete supports are failing/concrete disintegration... There are some major structural issues that need to be addressed from what I've heard.

The foundation is frightening. It's ready to implode like a poltergeist house

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February 15, 2012  09:36 AM ET

The NY Yankees had to play that one season at Shea Stadium in the early 70s when they redid Yankee Stadium so this shouldnt be that hard to pull off.

February 15, 2012  09:42 AM ET

Intriguing. . . .as a life long CUBS FAN . . . and lover of Wrigley. . . It will be interesting to see how they will change the ballpark.

Other than the Ivy, the Scoreboard and the Marquee outside the stadium. You could Keep the bleachers (With the improvements done there over the last few years) and gut the park otherwise from Foul pole to Foul pole, eliminate obstructed view seating and really impove the fans experience there.

Just leave the Bartman Seat intact . . . LOL

February 15, 2012  09:45 AM ET

I'd rather have them come up to Milwaukee to play their home games.

February 15, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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I'd rather have them come up to Milwaukee to play their home games.

Certainly a better alternative.

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February 15, 2012  09:53 AM ET

Sacrilege!!!

 
February 15, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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It's whatever. It would be funny to see Cubs fans have to travel south of the Loop.

Any pizza joint recommendations for that side 'o town CSF2???

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