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|Cubs Planning $300 Million Wrigley Renovation
|CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs plan on restoring Wrigley Field, with or without the city's help.
The team announced a five-year, $300 million plan to rebuild the Friendly Confines at the annual Cubs Convention on Saturday, and owner Tom Ricketts said his family is willing to foot the entire bill _ but only if some long-standing restrictions are lifted.
"We would like to be treated like the other 29 clubs," Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said. ``If (the Ricketts) are going to be able to build their business, put signs where they need them, hold games when they need them, they're prepared to write the entire check themselves.''
That doesn't mean the Cubs wouldn't accept some help from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
"If we're a public enterprise that's going to be restricted like a public asset, and it comes time for renovation, we'd like to be supported," Kenney said, adding that the mayor has been ``terrific'' throughout their conversations.
A call to the Mayor's office for comment was not immediately returned.
Due to its location in the middle of a residential neighborhood, the Cubs are limited to a maximum of 30 home night games per season and can't play night games on Friday or Saturday.
They're also the only major league team that faces advertising limitations.