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With end of season, Wrigley Field revamp to start

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs played the final game of the season Wednesday, setting the stage for the start of an extensive makeover of 100-year-old Wrigley Field.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green says the team could begin on the $575 million project to keep the ballpark viable as soon as this weekend.

Plans call for a left field video board, a right field beer sign and work on the bleachers to be completed by the start of the 2015 season. New bullpens, home locker room and batting cages will be added before the 2016 campaign.

The owners of eight rooftop clubs overlooking Wrigley Field have filed a lawsuit to overturn Chicago’s approval of the Cubs’ plan to revamp the ballpark.

The lawsuit filed in August in Cook County Circuit Court asks a judge to reverse the city’s action, saying it broke its own rules and deprived them of their property rights without due process. The lawsuit names the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and its members, as well as the city.

Rooftop owners maintain the plan violates a revenue-sharing agreement that prevents the team from taking actions that block their views.

 

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