At long last, the Chicago Cubs may finally have a deal for the renovations to Wrigley Field.
The Sun-Times reports a deal is expected by Monday's home opener. The Cubs and the city will reportedly nail down a $500 million agreement that includes property development around the 99-year-old stadium, “at least two” new signs inside the ballpark (including a video scoreboard in left field) — and the dubious construction of a 300-space parking garage.
The back-and-forth between the Cubs' owners and Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) — whose ward encompasses Wrigleyville — became so protracted over the past several months, Mayor Rahm Emanuel even stepped in to try and referee.
NBC Sports notes the major sticking points in the ongoing battle between Ald. Tunney and the Cubs' owners, the Ricketts family, have been the amount of night games the Cubs can schedule and the addition of video boards in left field that could block the views from the nearby "Wrigley Rooftop" businesses.
Ald. Tunney reportedly said he’s ready to OK an outfield Jumbotron, even if it blocks some rooftop views; ABC Chicago reports the Cubs would cover any losses the owners endure due to the screens.
According to WGN, Tunney still wants the organization to ease parking snarls and foot the bill for security and cleanup if more night games are tacked on.
While City Hall is not commenting on the deal, Crain's Chicago Business reports Emanuel is likely to remove the current 30-per-year limit on night games and allow "40 or more."
According to DNAinfo Chicago, plans to develop a hotel on the McDonald’s site across the street from Wrigley Field will also move forward in the reported deal: recent renderings showed the proposed building would be "as tall as the field at 91 feet and included a bridge over Clark."
The expected deal also deflates the hopes of nearby suburban Rosemont; Mayor Brad Stephens will have to find a new MLB team to poach.
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