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Emanuel Says 'No' To Cubs Round-The-Clock Construction Request

By Chuck Sudo in News on Mar 3, 2015 7:40PM

Photo credit: Joshua Mellin

Citing a city ordinance, Mayor Rahm Emanuel threw shade at the Chicago Cubs request to have construction crews work 24-7 to make up for lost time rebuilding Wrigley Field's bleachers, effectively pushing back completion of the project until June. Looks like those crews will have to bust ass from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. until the bleachers are complete.

Emanuel said this even as the Cubs haven't formally requested special dispensation from the ordinance.

“You know the city ordinance is clear. You can’t have 24-hour building. That’s number one. Number two, they haven’t even proposed anything. The only people they’ve proposed it to are the newspapers. So I have nothing to respond to,” Emanuel said Tuesday.

The Cubs' have encountered several delays in their bleacher renovations, including waiting for steel beams to be fabricated and losing days to the bitter February cold. Emanuel's stance means the outfield will almost certainly resemble a war zone where the bleachers normally stand when the Cubs open the season April 5 against St. Louis before a nationally televised audience. [Sun-Times]

Wrigley Field Bleacher Renovations Will Run Into June