Wrigley Field Restoration Update: Landmarks Commission Approves Parts of Wrigley Plan

As expected, the Cubs received approval from the Landmarks Commission on Thursday to move forward on several of the key elements to restore Wrigley Field but not the proposed jumbotron in left field or the 1,000 square foot sign in right field. The vote on those two signs will take place on July 11.

The commission gave the team unanimous approval to move the exterior walls in right and left field back that would change the footprint of the ballpark. The team received approval on their master plan for 45,000 square feet of new or existing Wrigley signage according to the Sun-Times. The commission also gave the team the approval to build a new western entrance, remodel the dugouts and build a new, two-story Captain Morgan Club.

According to the Sun-Times, the commission pushed the vote on the two large outfield signs to July 11 in the hopes that the Cubs and Ald. Tom Tunney can reach a compromise by then.

Tunney sent a letter to the Cubs on Wednesday demanding changes be made to the framework deal he agreed to in April. Among his demands was the reduction of the jumbotron from 6,000 square feet to 3,500 square feet and for the proposed 1,000 square foot sign in right field to be reduced to around 600 square feet.

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