The Commission on Chicago Landmarks unanimously approved a $575 million Wrigley Field renovation that had come under fire from business and rooftop club owners near the stadium who say that new advertising signs violate their contract with the team and is a potential business killer, reports the Chicago Tribune.
According to the report, as many as seven advertising signs will grace the outfield walls.
There are plans for a 3,990 square foot video board in left field, plus additional seating in the bleachers, new outfield lights that will reduce shadows, four LED signs and a 2,400 sq. foot videoboard in right field.
The visitor’s clubhouse will also be expanded and both bullpens will be moved from foul territory to an area under the bleachers.
The team does not plan to remove portions of the outfield bricks and ivy. The center field bleachers could be torn down in favor of building a restaurant.
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Although the Cubs have begun renovations at a nearby parking lot, much of the construction is expected to begin after this season. The last regular-season home game is scheduled for Sept. 24. The team told fans and Lakeview neighborhood residents in an email Thursday evening that it plans to finish installing new seating, group terraces, outfield signs and lighting, including the new left-field video board, by Opening Day 2015.
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