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Cubs reach agreement with Tom Gramatis, no obstructions planned

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Fran Spielman reports in the Sun-Times that the Cubs have reached an agreement with Tom Gramatis, the owner of the Ivy League Baseball Club (3637 N. Sheffield Ave), the Sheffield Baseball Club (3619 N. Sheffield Ave), and the Wrigley Field Rooftop Club (3617 N. Sheffield Ave).

The Wrigley Field Baseball Club and the Sheffield Baseball Club

The new agreement seems to be fair. It exempts the Ivy League Baseball Club from the 17% revenue sharing agreement the other rooftops have in favor of a flat fee. This is because the Ivy League Baseball Club has a lower roof than the surrounding rooftops, so it's view was obstructed by the 2006 bleacher expansion. In return for the concession on the Ivy League club, Gramatis agreed to submit his new rooftops to the standard revenue sharing program.

Here's a picture I took last month (below). You can clearly see 3639 Wrigley Rooftop and the Ivy League Baseball Club are under construction. 3639 Wrigley Rooftop has a new hulking bleacher on top, but I'm not sure what the plan is to improve the view from the Ivy League Club.

The Ivy League Baseball Club and 3639 Wrigley Rooftop are currently under construction.

The other interesting nugget in the article is an estimate that the total revenues of all the rooftops are around $18 million, making the Cubs' take $3 million.

For more information on the Cubs Rooftops, check out the Wrigley Field Rooftop Directory.

Posted by Byron at May 4, 2008 2:25 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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Ivy League, 3637 is CLOSED for the year and under construction yet is selling tickets and misleading unsuspecting, innocent fans.

Wrigley Field Rooftop Club (3617 Sheffield) is not located in fair territory and does not seem to hold a special club license that is required to legally sell admission or rooftop tickets and legally serve beer or wine.

You can find all http://webapps.cityofchicago.org/lic/iris.jsp

Plenty of other great rooftops that operate properly.

I'd have to say that I liked the whole idea of watching from the rooftops 20 years ago when no one cared and it was free. Sign of the times, I suppose.

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