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Tom Ricketts finally wants to spend big for Cubs and Wrigley Field

Cubs, Tom Ricketts, MLB betting, Wrigley Field

Fans of the Chicago Cubs were left wondering what the blueprint was for the team moving forward after the major fire sale that took place at the MLB Trade Deadline. Of note, the Cubs traded: Anthony Rizzo, Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, Craig Kimbrel and plenty of others. It set into motion what appears to be a rebuild in Chicago.

Now, they are laying out another blueprint that will directly affect Wrigley Field.

According to Danny Ecker of Crain’s Chicago Business, the Cubs will go before the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Thursday with plans to add a two-story addition to Wrigley Field.

Ecker noted plenty of details on the planned proposal that the Cubs are set to deliver:

The Chicago Cubs are seeking city approval to build a two-story addition to Wrigley Field that would house one of the first betting operations at a major U.S. pro sports venue, a move that comes as a City Council committee sits on a proposed ordinance to allow it.

It’s a key step toward building the future DraftKings Sportsbook at Wrigley Field—part of a sponsorship deal the team struck last year with Boston-based DraftKings—and stands to make gambling an integral part of game day at the Friendly Confines.

The Cubs also would need a license to open a sportsbook from the Illinois Gaming Board, which comes with a $10 million fee.

There are plenty of hurdles the Cubs would have to clear to make this happen, starting first and foremost with getting the approval to at least put the plans into motion.

A sportsbook located at Wrigley Field would be fairly unprecedented, but many believe it will become more and more of a trend as states start to legalize sports betting and are implementing sportsbooks left and right in those states that have passed the laws.

Cubs fans likely want changes to the actual roster but this might be better than nothing.