Are Wrigley Field Improvements Delaying the Inevitable?

By Matt Heckler
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Every time an announcement is made that improvements are being made to Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs fans everywhere breathe a collective sigh of relief. Whenever a classic baseball stadium gets to be as old as places like Wrigley Field and Fenway Park are, there is always the very real possibility that keeping the building in working order will become too expensive to continue.

Luckily, the Chicago Cubs are one of the more profitable teams in the MLB, so the additional cost of keeping their old stadium workable is worth investing in for the time being. Being that Wrigley Field is the primary attraction of many casual baseball fans and just general tourists to Chicago, the Cubs would probably see a significant dropoff in attendance if they were to move to a new stadium in the future.

The question is, are we just delaying the inevitable? Or is it possible to keep throwing money at Wrigley Field for the rest of time to keep the legendary stadium up and running? It’s hard not to wonder if we’re throwing money in a hole when the Cubs could be building a new Wrigley Field that will be more cost effective in the long run.

In this case, most Cubs fans are probably torn between practicality and sentimentality. It isn’t an easy choice to make, but in the long run, it seems likely that Wrigley Field just can’t last forever, no matter how much any of us want it to.

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