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The Cubs got approval to make multiple changes to Wrigley Field

Jul 11, 2014, 5:04 PM EDT

Jason Aldean Press Conference AP

The Cubs got approval last year for a massive renovation project. Then they decided that they needed to make a lot of tweaks to the plan, and had to submit for approval again. They got it yesterday:

The Chicago Cubs today got the green light from Commission of Chicago Landmarks to put up a total of seven signs above the bleachers at Wrigley Field and move its bullpens beyond the outfield walls . . . The team now has the city’s blessing to put up three 650-square-foot advertising signs above the left field bleachers as well as a 3,990-square-foot video board (reduced from the previously approved 4,560-square-feet), as well as two more ad signs and a 2,400-square-foot video board above the right field stands.

This does not solve the impasse the team has with the owners of the rooftops across Waveland and Sheffield Avenues — indeed, it may exacerbate it — but that is a financial matter, not a formal barrier, one assumes. Like, if they just tell the rooftop owners to pound sand, at most they will have to pay them a lot of money.

As of now, however, the Wrigley renovations can start.

  1. Uncle Charlie - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Isn’t this whole ordeal pretty much a modern day version of Atlas Shrugged? BTW, eff Ayn Rand and her bullsh!t cult if personality.

  2. irishmanknowsall - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Wrigley is a dump. Physically, it is falling apart, leaking, rusting, crumbling. Folks go for the experience, I suppose. Certainly they don’t go for the baseball games.
    I think they should put a roof on the place, and turn it into a desperately needed expanded Hall of Fame, far more centrally located for most of Americans and a hell of a lot easier to find.
    Have to add parking for either cars, or tourist buses.
    Cubbies should relocate to Indianapolis. They have handled the NBA and the NFL, they can support MLB.
    Cubbies simply cannot be successful in Wrigley. The game has past that dump by, a long, long time ago. Next worst stadiums are a toss-up between Fenway, also rich in history, and the toilet in Oakland.
    Makes zero sense to keep trying to improve the Cubs while in Wrigley, and Wrigley while the Cubs are there.

    • clemente2 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      I find your name amusing in light of your comment. Good job.

      “next I’ll take on particle physics….”

      • irishmanknowsall - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        The game has passed Wrigley field by. It’s a little circus of a park, old, confined, crumbling. No parking, deteriorating neighborhood full of run down bldgs. and old bars and nothing else. I get the part about all the “wonderful memories” (all of losing, btw), and I understand the history to the place. Hence my suggestion for a new HoF there. But if Epstein is building a team designed to win in that park, it is the wrong plan, long term, for the success of that or any franchise.
        Cubs fans should imagine themselves out in the burbs with plenty of intercity rail and busses and parking lots, wide comfortable seats, no blocked views, no frozen lake winds, no rusted support beams dripping leaking water. Place is a dinosaur, and almost as bad as the toilet in Oakland. Fans and players deserve better. History and memories were built in Wrigley. They can be, and need to be, built again, somewhere modern built for today’s game.

    • yahmule - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Indianapolis is a basketball town that stole their football team in the middle of the night. They don’t deserve anything good now or ever.

      • cincinata - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        That is a stupid comment coming from someone who never has been to Indy.

    • wetmorepsu12 - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      You are delusional.

  3. tmc602014 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    This just in: In closed session, the Oakland City Council voted not to approve Cub’s plans, told them to move to Montreal.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Dirt may be turning soon at Wrigley Field

    Did someone find compromising pictures of the Ricketts Family?

    • cincinata - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Not so fast. They may find bodies buried there. Who knows, could be Hoffa.

  5. yourcubreporter - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    I own season tix at Wrigley, and it has been a tough few years. I’ve been asked to be patient, I was patient. Now I’m being shown that patience was worth it. Time will tell (and always does) but things are moving in the right direction.

    • irishmanknowsall - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Another sucker for a 100-year losing franchise….geez.

  6. cincinata - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Hey, I thought Theo was just 3 years away. Or was that 3 years ago?

  7. cincinata - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    I enjoy going to Wrigley, but for two or three games a year, and make it a week-end holiday in Chi town. How anyone can stand to watch that team for a whole season is beyond me. Cubreporter, you must be a saint!

    • gloccamorra - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      It’s not just Cubreporter, the fans continue to show up because when they die, they ascend into Heaven.

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