Originally Posted by kobo
It would not be difficult to access that area by car. If a stadium was built there then there would most likely be construction done to provide easier access. But even now it's not that difficult to drive to that area. Parking is a concern, as well as the airport because there would be planes flying overhead all the time.
I don't think it's really that bad of a location. The blue line is right there so there could easily be shuttles set up to take people to and from the park. The casino is just down River Rd, the new outlet mall is opening soon, that whole area could become Wrigley North. It's not some barren wasteland that some of you city folk are making it out to be.
The only thing we all seem to agree on is that the Cubs might lose some attendance due to no longer having Wrigley Field to promote. Sure, they may lose some tourists but we all know a new stadium is always going to attract people. If they were to actually become competitive around the same time a new stadium is ready to open that impact will be felt for years. But the Ricketts need to decide what direction they want to go in with the club. Is Wrigley Field more important than the product on the field? Is Wrigley Field worth maintaining over the next 10, 20, 30 years? The Cubs are a brand name and losing Wrigley would definitely be a PR hit, but it's also something I think they can overcome.
By "might lose attendance", my guess is that it would cost them over a million tourists/visitors a year. That's just not worth it.
And, again, the Blue Line is not right there, it's over a mile away and River Road is not pedestrian-friendly whatsoever. And no one wants to take a shuttle from a parking lot or a train station to a ballpark. I don't see how a casino 2.5 miles away is any kind of draw to a ballpark, let alone an outlet mall. Having a bunch of shopping around the area does not make it Wrigley North. It may not be difficult to drive to the area, but again, there is nowhere to park; that creates a driving nightmare, when a suburban park should have easy in and out access that urban parks don't necessarily have. And it's not even great to drive to; the only access is from an already-busy River Road or Mannheim.
For the Cubs, Wrigley is
the brand. What they sell is the Wrigley experience. The Cubs brand is essentially worthless without it.