Chicago mayor bans 24-hour construction at Wrigley

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Wrigley Field. (Credit: Konstantin Papushin, Flickr)

CHICAGO (AP) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel says city building ordinances don’t allow the renovation project at Wrigley Field to have construction crews working around the clock.

Emanuel’s Tuesday announcement is a blow to a Chicago Cubs team that says it needs to quicken construction to get the iconic ballpark ready for next month’s opening day.

The mayor made his statement a day after team officials said they planned to ask for city permission to work 24-hours-a-day. The Cubs say the brutal winter has put construction work behind schedule and they need additional hours to do things like erect a massive video board in left field.

Emanuel says the Cubs had not yet made an official request to the city. He responded to media reports saying the team would.

The Cubs didn’t immediately comment.