The Wrigley scoreboard is nice and all, but fans could really use a Jumbotron. (Chris Sweda/Tribune )
No matter how you feel about the Cubs, they have a good thing going at the corner of Clark and Addison. But like most things that are falling apart, a facelift is needed.
The Cubs want to capitalize on the Wrigley experience, as well they should. The old ballpark is a tourist destination, among other things. However, right now it has more in common with the Roman Coliseum than a state-of-the-art facility.
New amenities will bring in revenue that will help the team compete in the near future, and the Jumbotron is the first step in the right direction. Cubs fans, like anyone else, also want access to instant information. A new scoreboard can provide that.
In my opinion, the best thing about the new scoreboard is it gives the rooftop owners a limited view of the field. The Cubs had every right to play hard ball with them. Even though the team has received a small cut of the rooftop owners' money since 2004, they shouldn't have a say in how the team wants to amend Wrigley. It's the equivalent of someone getting mad at you when you change your Wi-Fi password. How would you feel if someone started to claim some sort of ownership in that?
Also, once the rehab is complete, it will benefit the people who live in the neighborhood. Sure, Wrigleyville may be more crowded than usual with a hotel, ice skating and who knows what else the Cubs have planned. However, the pros will outweigh the cons.
The Wrigley purists and many Lakeview residents will have to be dragged out of the dark ages kicking and screaming, but it's for their own good.
When the team's current group of young players begins to pan out, all will be forgiven. After all, Cubs fans want one thing more than anything else: a championship.
Evan F. Moore is a RedEye special contributor.
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