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The Chicago Cubs will play Monday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field, having gained approval from the city that Major League Baseball's second-oldest stadium is safe.

Building Commissioner Stan Kaderbek said Saturday that the latest round of inspections at the 90-year-old ballpark found no surprises, and on Monday morning the Cubs received official clearance to play at the stadium.

 

Since June, there have been three incidents in which chunks of concrete have fallen at the ballpark, which was built in 1914. Kaderbek did warn that the Cubs must fix the concrete problem by the 2005 season for the stadium to remain open.

 

"Clearly, we're not going to tolerate having nets up next spring," he said, referring to the protective nets under the upper deck. "We need to figure out what's causing the problem. ... It's just not acceptable to have nets up there for the rest of 2005."

 

The Cubs have said they plan to complete repairs in the offseason. The team cannot fully repair the concrete during the season because scaffolding would get in fans' way.

 

In a letter to Cubs president Andy MacPhail, Kaderbek outlined efforts the city is requiring the team to make by the end of the year.

 

The letter sets a Sept. 20 deadline for a series of tasks, including additional analysis on the structural safety of the upper deck and a report on the cause of falling concrete along with a proposal to address the problem. He also asked the team to do an analysis of all repaired ramps and an inspection of welded areas.

 

The letter sets a Dec. 31 deadline for the team to have a structural engineer submit a report on findings and recommended repairs, and it includes a reminder to "obtain all necessary permits for the repairs."

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The Chicago Cubs will play Monday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field, having gained approval from the city that Major League Baseball's second-oldest stadium is safe.

Building Commissioner Stan Kaderbek said Saturday that the latest round of inspections at the 90-year-old ballpark found no surprises, and on Monday morning the Cubs received official clearance to play at the stadium.

 

Since June, there have been three incidents in which chunks of concrete have fallen at the ballpark, which was built in 1914. Kaderbek did warn that the Cubs must fix the concrete problem by the 2005 season for the stadium to remain open.

 

"Clearly, we're not going to tolerate having nets up next spring," he said, referring to the protective nets under the upper deck. "We need to figure out what's causing the problem. ... It's just not acceptable to have nets up there for the rest of 2005."

 

The Cubs have said they plan to complete repairs in the offseason. The team cannot fully repair the concrete during the season because scaffolding would get in fans' way.

 

In a letter to Cubs president Andy MacPhail, Kaderbek outlined efforts the city is requiring the team to make by the end of the year.

 

The letter sets a Sept. 20 deadline for a series of tasks, including additional analysis on the structural safety of the upper deck and a report on the cause of falling concrete along with a proposal to address the problem. He also asked the team to do an analysis of all repaired ramps and an inspection of welded areas.

 

The letter sets a Dec. 31 deadline for the team to have a structural engineer submit a report on findings and recommended repairs, and it includes a reminder to "obtain all necessary permits for the repairs."

 

 

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I hate Wrigley I do not know if anyone agrees with me but its just a dump with no bathrooms and falling concrete.

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