Cubs release renderings of Wrigley Field expansion

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A new rendering of Wrigley Field shows expanded outfield seating and new scoreboards. (Photo courtesy of @cubs)

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The Chicago Cubs released new renderings of what the expansion of 100-year old Wrigley Field would look like once the team's proposed construction is completed.

Last week, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts sent a letter and a video message to the team's fans saying they are going to "put the team and the fans first."

The team will submit new plans to the city asking for a revised outfield seating configuration. Wrigley Field, which opened in 1914, is the second-oldest ballpark in the Major Leagues.

According to, the plans include adding four additional LED signs of up to 650 square feet, and one additional 2,400-square-foot videoboard in right field. Also a new clubhouse, located beneath a new outdoor plaza would be expanded to 30,000 square feet, up from the current 11,000 square feet of space.

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"We can't delay any longer," Ricketts said in the video. "The time to build a winner is now."

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The Ricketts, who are privately financing the project, had previously said they would not begin large portions of the renovation plan until the Wrigleyville Rooftop Association agreed it would not sue the team over blocked views. But the rooftop owners have made it clear that despite the city's approval and the Cubs' contractual rights, they plan to file lawsuits to stop the renovation and expansion plans.