The Cubs have been trying to renovate Wrigley Field for over a year now, yet they've met opposition just about very step of the way. Most notably, the Rooftop Association has threatened to sue over a proposed video board in left field.
Owner Tom Ricketts recently said the team plans to move forward with the proposed renovations because the "time to build a winner is now." The renovation plan still needs approval from the city and that is expected to take at least another week. The club hopes to begin construction on an expanded clubhouse in July.
While all of the bickering has been the going on and the plans are awaiting approval, the Cubs players have been standing by and waiting for some kind of resolution. They're frustrated, as Anthony Rizzo told Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago:
"They told us again that we were going to get approved and we didn't get approved, so a lot of guys are not happy about that," Rizzo said Friday before the Cubs played the Milwaukee Brewers. "It's a shame. ... It's kind of a bummer because we all thought it was going to happen, now it's wait-and-see like everyone else."
"It's not my job to do it," Rizzo said. "We all want it. When guys are promised things are going to happen and they don't happen they're not happy about it.
"When it gets done it's going to be great. Now it's kind of 'when it gets done it gets done' ... we're not going to have our hopes up."
Jeff Samardzija said he has "been numbed a little bit over the last few years" by the ongoing rumors. Both he and Rizzo said the constant delays have had no real impact on the team's play, for what it's worth. They're just sick of hearing about it.
In addition to the video board and expanded home complex, other elements of the proposed renovation include an open-air plaza outside Wrigley, a 175-room hotel in partnership with Starwood, a 40,000-square-foot Chicago Athletic Club, a restoration of the ballpark's facade and improved amenities.