Bob Sirott's one more thing on upgrading the United Center - New York News

Bob Sirott's one more thing on upgrading the United Center

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

One more thing, about the new plan for the United Center.

Owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Rocky Wirtz are proposing to replace a parking lot with restaurants, bars, stores, and more.

The 260 thousand square foot retail center would be built east of the United Center on lot H, known as the Michael Jordan statue lot.

MJ would have a roof built over him--part of the new venue which would link to the United Center via an atrium.

All of this is still in the talking stage, but the idea is to create another visitor destination that would attract fans to linger around the United Center.

There would still be plenty of parking lot space available.

The 80 million dollar project would be privately funded, and no doubt a good thing for the west side neighborhood.

But I have a problem with it, and a better idea.

Doesn't another Chicago sports stadium need a development like this a lot more than the united center?

I'm talking about U.S. Cellular Field.

There's not much to do around the ballpark except park your car.

And unlike the Bulls and Blackhawks who sell out every game, the White Sox need help drawing fans.

With restaurants, bars, and more of a neighborhood feel--like Wrigley Field has, people would come early, stay late, and Sox attendance would increase.


 

We'd love to hear from you. Go to Facebook.com/BobSirottOMT to view the One More Thing archives and leave your comments. Leave a short, snappy one, make us think, enlighten us, or amuse us and it doesn't matter if you agree or disagree -- you'll have a good chance of getting on TV.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Belgian artist Baloji kicks off tour in New York

    Belgian artist Baloji kicks off tour in New York

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:35:06 GMT
    To say the 6 feet 5 inch Baloji has a presence would be an understatement. The Belgian artist commands the stage with his mix of hip hop, funk, and rap. The 34-year-old rocked out Webster Hall back in January. Now he's back in New York City kicking off a month-long tour. "It's one of the most inspiring cities on Earth so it's always great to be here," Baloji says.
    To say the 6 feet 5 inch Baloji has a presence would be an understatement. The Belgian artist commands the stage with his mix of hip hop, funk, and rap. The 34-year-old rocked out Webster Hall back in January. Now he's back in New York City kicking off a month-long tour. "It's one of the most inspiring cities on Earth so it's always great to be here," Baloji says.
  • First look at electric carriage that may replace horse buggies

    First look at electric carriage that may replace horse buggies

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:11:02 GMT
    New York has never known a Central Park without that rhythmic click-clacking. But if Mayor Bill de Blasio gets his way, he'll put those hooves out to pasture, replacing them with a different noise-maker. Actually, excluding its horn the electric carriage makes little noise at all. It runs on lithium-ion batteries, has a variable-speed a/c motor, and is relatively silent, says Jason Wenig.
    New York has never known a Central Park without that rhythmic click-clacking. But if Mayor Bill de Blasio gets his way, he'll put those hooves out to pasture, replacing them with a different noise-maker. Actually, excluding its horn the electric carriage makes little noise at all. It runs on lithium-ion batteries, has a variable-speed a/c motor, and is relatively silent, says Jason Wenig.
  • Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:50:46 GMT
    Jayson WilliamsJayson Williams
    Former NBA player Jayson Williams says trying to re-enter society after serving time for shooting a limousine driver was more difficult than being in prison.
    Former NBA player Jayson Williams says trying to re-enter society after serving time for shooting a limousine driver was more difficult than being in prison.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices