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Cubs Offered Non-Rosemont Alternative To Wrigley

This isn't serious. But it shows how minor-league teams can get your attention with clever marketing ideas.

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The Cubs moving to Rosemont is a silly idea, for any number of reasons (would you want to sit at games watching traffic on the Tri-State while planes fly 500 feet over your head? I wouldn't).

Moving to Schaumburg is exactly as silly an idea. But give Andy Viano, general manager of the independent Frontier League's Schaumburg Boomers, credit for original thinking about this newsy topic:

"We'll propose a fair and honest rent, no question about that, but we have one tenant that's committed to winning a championship in 2O13 so the Boomers would get first priority on dates," Viano added in a news release. "However, I think a Friday afternoon Cubs matinee would make for the perfect opening act before a Boomers game under the lights with a spectacular, free post-game fireworks show!"

Boomers Stadium, which was originally constructed in 1999 for a predecessor independent league team, the Schaumburg Flyers, has a connection to Wrigley Field:

The $17 million stadium was designed by Sink Combs Dethlefs Architects and built by Turner Construction to the exact same dimensions as Wrigley Field, the historic, landmark home of the Chicago Cubs.

The stadium seats 7,365:

with 5,665 fixed seats, the ballpark also includes 16 luxury suites, 2OO outfield bleacher seats and an additional 9OO fans can be accommodated in the lawn area along both foul lines.

Without wanting to start up anything, I can safely state that a couple of the "crowds" so far at Wrigley Field this year could have comfortably fit inside Boomers Stadium.

This is, obviously, all in good fun. Give Andy Viano credit for diving in to a topic making news this week and generating some buzz for his indy league team, which starts play May 16.