Cubs Official Wants Wrigley Field To Get 11 More Night Games
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The Cubs won the World Series, but can they win the Battle of the Night Games? In an AM-radio interview, the Sun-Times reports that a Cubs official complained about the team's below-average quota of night games: 43, compared to a league average of 54.
“It’s a real jigsaw puzzle every year for us to try and figure out where we use our very precious night games,” said the Cubs' President of Business Operations, Crane Kenney.
Wrigleyville's alderman, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), argues that the Cubs made their jigsaw puzzle, and now they must lie in it. In an emailed statement, he told reporters:
The ordinance governing evening activities inside Wrigley Field was negotiated by the Cubs, the community, myself and the Mayor's office and has another seven years before it expires. The Cubs have chosen to schedule concerts in instead of night games.
All revenue from concerts at Wrigley Field goes to the Cubs; the revenue from night games, on the other hand, is shared by the Cubs and opposing teams.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel echoed Tunney's sentiment, calling the Cubs (passive-aggressively, perhaps?) "good neighbors," and noting: "We did increase the number of nighttime events the Cubs could hold, but the team chose to have more concerts instead of more night games and that was their call.”
Whether the Cubs get their night games or not, they've certainly received their share of favors from the city. They've essentially redeveloped the area around Wrigley Field with three major projects, including Wrigley Plaza, completed in April.
But what better time to ask for more favors, I guess, than when your team is fresh off a World Series victory so iconic (read: long-awaited) that they can sell not only commemorative dried ivy—but also $10 Coronas?