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The Chicago Cubs’ sweeping, but controversial $500 million plan to modernize and expand historic Wrigley Field goes before the Commission on Chicago Landmarks Thursday.

The commission is only looking at the proposals that are directly connected to the stadium. It will consider plans to expand the outfield walls along Waveland and Sheffield Avenues, the bleachers, bullpens, concourses, and dugouts. Before the hearing began, the commission decided to discuss the massive jumbotron and ad sign for its next meeting on July 11th.

“From the Landmarks perspective, it looks fine. I’ve seen the preliminary plans, and it meets the criteria. So, I’m okay with it,” said Rafael Leon, Chairman of the Chicago Landmarks Commission.

The Cubs are hoping to install a 6,000 square foot jumbotron in left field, and a 1,000 square foot ad in the right field.

The sizes are reasons for concerns.

“It’s important to understand just how big those signs are. One of the signs is larger than most homeowners’ property in the City of Chicago,” said Mary Ann Smith of the Chicago Landmarks Commission.

The hearing comes a day after Ald. Tom Tunney sent a letter to the Cubs making several demands, including reducing the sizes of the jumbotron and ad sign.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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