Wrigley renovation plans move forward; Cubs win approval from Landmarks Commission

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The Chicago Cubs won unanimous approval from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks today for an ambitious $575 million remake of Wrigley Field.

The new plan expands on last year’s proposal to renovate the 100-year-old stadium and surrounding areas and calls for seven advertising signs in the outfield, instead of two signs, including a Jumbotron-like video board in left field.

After reducing the plan for the video board from 5,700 square feet to 4,452 square feet, Cubs officials recommended to the landmarks commission an even smaller size Thursday of 3,990 square feet.

The landmarks commission had to review the plan because Wrigley Field has city landmark status that protects several historic features of the ballpark, including the “uninterrupted sweep of the bleachers.”

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  • John

    This will never end. The neighborhood, the Alderman, will be a constant pain. So grant their wish and move to Rosemont, and turn Wrigley Field into a Dog Park.

  • Dan Zajac

    When a owner spends as much money on a stadium like the Cubs are doing, You should get down on your knees and thank the dear Lord for this. No one says you have to live in the area. The ball park has been their for a 100 years. Think of the alternative to not having it there.

  • Freddie

    The time has come to play & watch baseball in a modern facility. I see nothing but great things moving forward. Telling many of same thoughts as Theo introduced & sticking with plan. Hey Tom, i would have done it for a lot less. ( lol ) great job Theo, Jed, Jason stick with the plan. Lets hope Forbes Magazine prediction now comes to fruition – Chicago Cubs become a NL Powerhouse !!!

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