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Wrigley Field security concerns shot down

During the Cubs Convention over the weekend, the Cubs slipped in a very surprising piece of information – they want to close down Clark and Addison.

While speaking to fans Saturday, Cubs business president Crane Kenney said the team would ask the city to close down all four streets around Wrigley Field during Cubs games. The request comes because of increased fear after recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, California.

From the Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer:

“We’re asking them to extend the perimeter of our control 100 feet in every direction,” Cubs business president Crane Kenney said during a Saturday session at Cubs Convention. “That doesn’t mean we want to own 100 feet in every direction. But we do want to know who is there and what they’re driving and why they’re there.”

During Cubs games both Sheffield and Waveland are already closed bordering Wrigley. The new request would add Clark and Addison to those closures.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, that idea has been shot down from just about everyone involved on the city’s end. Monday, both a mayoral spokesperson and an aide said the city has no plans to shut down either street.

44th Alderman Tom Tunney chimed in Tuesday. The regular Cubs combatant told Greg Hinz at Crain’s Chicago Business that he sees no reason to close the streets. He also was critical of the Cubs bringing this up while negotiating the use of the new plaza on the west side of Wrigley Field.

There are already plans for more security around Wrigley Field. Fans entering the stadium will have to pass through metal detectors at all entrances.