Chicago Cubs Must Leave Wrigley Field Now

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The beginning of the 2013 regular season has seen a lot of activity revolving around the Chicago Cubs and what will happen with Wrigley Field.

I admit that I’m a lifelong fan of the team and I remember years like 1984, 1989 and 2003 so well that they still make me angry even years later. The city of Chicago is basically holding the Ricketts family hostage in this situation in not allowing them to make the improvements they want to the ballpark.

It is time for the Cubs to make a move I never thought would ever happen, and that would be moving out of Wrigley Field entirely.

The rooftop owners want their advertising based on agreements with previous ownership, and that’s understandable, but you have to allow a private business to make improvements to their business. That means more advertising inside the ballpark and even a jumbotron, as much as I hate that idea.

The Cubs can’t go on like this in that ballpark. It is year 100 of Wrigley Field this season and every year, the place gets worse and worse with falling concrete, among other things.

I would hope that the team thinks about moving up the road to the suburb of Rosemont, which has said that it would give the team 25 free acres of land to build a new ballpark. There would be ample parking, a way to get to and from the park without driving through hours of traffic, and a ballpark that fans can go to without worrying about something falling on them.

I love Wrigley Field, don’t get me wrong. I live and die with every pitch of the team, but decisive action is needed. If the city and the rooftop owners won’t allow the team to fix the ballpark, it’s time to move and then they can see what the neighborhood will be like without the team there.

It won’t be pretty and their business will go downhill quickly. It’s time for the Cubs to move out of town to a new stadium by the 2016 season if things don’t change soon.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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