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08:14 AM ET 03.19 | Would the Cubs move from the friendly confines of Wrigley to the 'burbs? As the Chicago Cubs' quest for a fair stadium refinancing deal continues to drag on with the Wrigleyville community throwing up roadblocks to slow down the settlement process, a new and potentially viable option to Wrigley Field has emerged. Rosemont mayor Brad Stephens told me this morning in a CSN Chicago exclusive that he is willing to give the Cubs and the Ricketts family a 25-acre parcel of land in the village that is a prime piece of real estate large enough to accommodate a new ballpark as well as parking and anything else the Ricketts family would desire to have as a part of the new complex.

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March 19, 2013  08:30 AM ET

The Chicago Cubs of Rosemont.

March 19, 2013  08:35 AM ET

It's long past time for a change.

March 19, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Take it. Rosemont practically is Chicago. A huge business district positioned between O'Hare and the Loop.

March 19, 2013  08:42 AM ET

It's about time! The Cubs have been held captive by the community and city. Build a new "Wrigley"!

March 19, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Maybe the time has come to just move from Wrigley into new environs providing the builder's plans would preserve the feel and look of the old stadium in the new location.
I have been to Wrigley and I liked my visit, but, let us face it, the building is old and maybe a makeover is no longer advisable especially if there appears to be roadblocks from other special interest groups.
The additional money involved for the Cubs (read the article) is very significant and would go a long way to making the Cub's owners role as the primary fiananceer of any new building (meaning little to no public funding) a reality.
For example the amusement tax rate the Cubs presently pay is at 17% and in Rosemont that would drop to 3%. Limitations on signage and concessions presently in Wrigely would not be as restrictive in Rosemont.
Additional concerts and other functions within the confines of the new stadium would also expand.
All of these plus other revenue sources conservatively would add another 100 mil to the Cubs revenues. My guess is the additional revenues would be dramatically higher.
All in all, a move would seem advisable for the Cub's owners and probably for the Cubs fans.

March 19, 2013  08:49 AM ET

this is strange but I can open all the threads but the Cano thread. hmmmm.......

March 19, 2013  08:58 AM ET

New staduim, New surroundings and same old Cubbies.....well 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

March 19, 2013  09:48 AM ET

At least they could get away from the "curse of the billy goat...!

March 19, 2013  09:56 AM ET

It sounds too good to be true. I wonder what the catch would be?

March 19, 2013  09:58 AM ET

This is a stupid terrible idea that should NEVER be considered. The Cubs are a terrible baseball team. The Fans that show up are not drawn to the team. They are drawn to the wrigley/wrigleyville experience which involves lots of drinking. a) people are not going to drive to Rosemont. The fans want public transportation so they can drink b) they dont want to go far, because you need to pee after you have been drinking so they want to stay near downtown. This is a very bad idea- which means it will probably be implemented.

March 19, 2013  10:03 AM ET

They should jump all over this. But they won't unfortunately. Perfect location and what a sweetheart deal.

March 19, 2013  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

This is a stupid terrible idea that should NEVER be considered. The Cubs are a terrible baseball team. The Fans that show up are not drawn to the team. They are drawn to the wrigley/wrigleyville experience which involves lots of drinking. a) people are not going to drive to Rosemont. The fans want public transportation so they can drink b) they dont want to go far, because you need to pee after you have been drinking so they want to stay near downtown. This is a very bad idea- which means it will probably be implemented.

LMAO First off there is public transportation to Rosemont. In fact it's better than what is currently available to most of us. And I'll certainly admit that a lot of the people are the Wrigleyville idiots who don't know a damn thing about baseball there are many millions of Cubs fans that would flock to this location. Most of us live in the burbs, and the current location sucks. If they did it right there will also be tailgating, which is another positive. Rosemont has tons of lodging too for out of town visitors, much more than is available near Wrigley.

It'll never happen though. At least not for a few years if the city keeps holding the Ricketts hostage. The best part would be if they could then demolish the current one and sell the land for a fortune. That would really piss off the little dictator mayor.

March 19, 2013  10:22 AM ET

I can't even imagine what the traffic would be like before and after games with the airport AND the Cubs in the area, even given the rail line to O'Hare. I guess the city could redraw its boundaries, like it did for O'Hare, so they could remain the "Chicago" Cubs.

March 19, 2013  10:51 AM ET

Just get rid of the pee troughs please? The most disgusting thing in sports.

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March 19, 2013  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

This is a stupid terrible idea that should NEVER be considered. The Cubs are a terrible baseball team. The Fans that show up are not drawn to the team. They are drawn to the wrigley/wrigleyville experience which involves lots of drinking. a) people are not going to drive to Rosemont. The fans want public transportation so they can drink b) they dont want to go far, because you need to pee after you have been drinking so they want to stay near downtown. This is a very bad idea- which means it will probably be implemented.

100% SPOT ON, take the Cubs out of Wrigley and they become a slightly less talented Kane County Cougars - their attendance will fall like a stone

March 19, 2013  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It's long past time for a change.

time for a new look out,,,

March 19, 2013  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

This is a stupid terrible idea that should NEVER be considered. The Cubs are a terrible baseball team. The Fans that show up are not drawn to the team. They are drawn to the wrigley/wrigleyville experience which involves lots of drinking. a) people are not going to drive to Rosemont. The fans want public transportation so they can drink b) they dont want to go far, because you need to pee after you have been drinking so they want to stay near downtown. This is a very bad idea- which means it will probably be implemented.

The blue line runs out there already, so they would still have public transportation. It isn't that big of a stretch.

March 19, 2013  11:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It's long past time for a change.

No need to change since they have a classic park and not one of the cookie cutter dumps like St Lous had

 
March 19, 2013  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

No need to change since they have a classic park and not one of the cookie cutter dumps like St Lous had

You did say had, right? Even the cookie cutter dump didn't smell like stale piss. Hey, I don't care if they keep that 'classic' park until it falls down around their ears and people start realizing it's the most classic dump in all of baseball. Ground rule double for a ball lost in the ivy indeed. How quaint.

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