For The Team ...

The Triangle Building is a sticky subject, no doubt about it. If building it was an easy task, we would have seen something take shape on that unevenly-paved lot a long time ago. To be successful, any use of this site must satisfy three distinct stakeholders - the team, it fans, and Wrigley's neighbors. Since this all begins with the team, let's start with them ...

It's well-known that the Cubs have one of the smallest front offices in baseball. But to see the facilities they are trying to manage a team from is shocking - not a single person reading this page works at a smaller desk than most of our staff. And those are the lucky ones - those who are actually inside Wrigley. Most of the staff is working from "temporary" trailers along the outside of the stadium. Not really the most efficient setup. We always seem willing to throw money at risky veteran outfielders - how about a little extra towards Jerry in accounting and Sarah in group ticket sales? This design includes expansive windows offering natural light & an outdoor view from almost every desk, while projecting solar shades protect the west facade from excessive heat. All of the Cubs' employees deserve the same great day-to-day experience as fans walking into the Friendly Confines.

The players could use an upgrade, too. Space for a sports medicine facility on the third floor would be a great amenity based on our habit of burning up young pitchers. Spacious conference rooms overlooking Marquee Plaza would be a much more inviting location for team meetings. Underground batting cages & training areas could help bring Wrigley up to the par with other modern stadiums. Better training, better players.

To pay for all this, obviously the Cubs need a revenue source. The Triangle Building can bring truckloads of money to Wrigley year-round, and it can do it without compromising our great stadium by propping up more glowing signs Toyota billboards or gradually covering every brick wall with financial logos. Cubs fans would stream into the Hall of Fame 12 months a year to see Harry's glasses & Ryno's game-worn jerseys. Carefully combining this with a well-managed Pro Shop could be a goldmine for the team - a true destination in itself along the lines of the bookstore / castle on Notre Dame's campus. Both the Triangle Atrium & the rooftop terrace can be used as private event venues year-round, bringing crowds of people to Wrigleyville long after the Cubs have stopped playing. Late afternoon company summer party overlooking the marquee while the Cubs are out of town? I'll be there.

Of the three groups involved in the Triangle, the Cubs are the only one that can really get the ball rolling. And with yet another disappointing season winding down, why not bring some excitement and buzz back to the area? Design intelligently, listen to feedback from your employees, fans, and neighbors, and let's finally put this once-in-a-lifetime site to use!

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