Wrigley Field Restoration Update: Ald. Tunney Issues Statement Regarding Scoreboard

Ald. Tom Tunney released a statement Wednesday afternoon in response to the Sun-Times report the he proposed tearing down the centerfield scoreboard at Wrigley Field.

Among the proposals Ald. Tunney has made to the Cubs to preserve the views of the rooftop clubs is to replace the landmarked scoreboard with a jumbotron and move the scoreboard to a new location.

Alderman Tom Tunney’s statement as posted on Facebook:

“Negotiations are ongoing with the Chicago Cubs. As Alderman, I know the importance of preserving and renovating historic Wrigley Field in our community. The Cubs, the administration and I have had many meetings where creative solutions have been offered that could satisfy the community and the Cubs organization.”

“Moving the scoreboard to left field, where a similar one existed until the 1930’s, and replacing it with a video board it is just one of the many ideas that have been on the table. It was discussed in earnest by all parties and dismissed.”

“Overall, the discussions have been positive and conversations with the team continue. We all hope that solutions can be reached that are in keeping with the character of the community and the desires of the Cubs.”

Wrigley-1937Ald. Tunney did not mention relocating the scoreboard to the same place it was in the 30s would block the views of the rooftop clubs, unless it is made smaller. The scoreboard that was located in left field was smaller than the current scoreboard in centerfield.

According to George Ofman, the Cubs rejected Tunney’s proposal to move the scoreboard to left field.

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Updated 7:00pm CDT – The photo added above was taken on August 13, 1937 by my wife’s grandmother. This photo shows where the scoreboard was placed in left field and the construction on the centerfield scoreboard. Click on photo to enlarge.

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