Cubs Chairman Ricketts: 'We Will Win' World Series with Wrigley Renovations
The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908, but Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said the planned renovations for Wrigley Field will bring the Cubs a World Series championship.
People like to remind Cubs fans it has been 105 years since their last World Series title, and they have never won one in beloved Wrigley Field, which is only 99-years-old. Ricketts, though, is confident the planned renovations for Wrigley Field will bring the Cubs a World Series Championship.
"This massive investment will help us generate the resources we need for our baseball operations to develop championship-caliber players," Ricketts said. "If this plan is approved, we will win the World Series for our fans and our city. We need this project in order to bring our fans a winner.”
There are many points to the renovations, but one sticks out the most. The first is a huge video screen in left field. It is 6,000 square feet and they promise it would not affect the rooftop seats. The rooftop owners signed a 20-year agreement with the previous Cubs owner. This includes charging people to watch the game and giving the Cubs 17% of the profit. The contract is only in its ninth year and the owners will enforce the contract.
The sign would bring in advertising and money to pay for the $500 million project. No taxpayer money will be used for the renovations. Other plans include 40 night games, a 175-room hotel, a plaza, office building, and 1,000 remote parking spots.
The Curse of the Billy Goat is drilled into a Cubs fan’s head from day one. The Cubs were in the World Series in 1945 (their last appearance) and Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis and his goat attended one of the home games. He was told to leave because the goat’s odor was bothering other fans. He said, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more!
It has been 105 years since the last World Series Championship for the Cubs and 67 years since the last World Series appearance. Ricketts and the Cubs should not be surprised if the pessimistic fans do not believe his claims, though. There is always next year.