Obstructed views: Worth it?

May, 1, 2013
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- So here is the question for the consumer: Will you still buy a ticket to a see a Chicago Cubs game from a rooftop if the sightlines are impacted by proposed renovations to Wrigley Field?

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Because that appears to be the only option the Cubs are exploring.

"One thing that we really need to make this thing work for us is the signage inside the ballpark, not outside on the rooftops," Cubs spokesperson Julian Green said on Wednesday. "Our particular position on this is firm."

It means the 6,000 square foot video board, as well as other signage slated for the outfield, will most certainly block some sight lines. Left field rooftop viewers, for example, could have issues seeing plays in center and right while center field fans won't see as much in left. The Cubs are justifying this to their rooftop partners by telling them it could be worse.

"We wanted to do more," Green said. "Trying to be accommodating to our rooftops partners we've reduced the number of signs. We also took due care in terms of putting them in a place that creates minimal impact for rooftops."

But going from no impact to minimal impact is still an impact. And no one knows for sure the impact until the signs and video board go up. Tom Ricketts said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 Wednesday afternoon that he thinks the video board won't block any views because it will be pushed back from the bleachers, and the Cubs will try to limit the impact with the signs in right.

Previously, the rooftop owners proposed a plan in which static and LED signs would be placed on their buildings but run by the Cubs. All profits would be kept by the team as well. But Ricketts says to maximize revenue those signs need to be in the ballpark and estimates they would bring in $20 million a year.

"We hope as we move forward we'll sit down and talk with them and come up with a solution that works for everyone," Green said.

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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