According to a report from the Sun-Times, in an attempt “to preserve the birds-eye view from rooftop clubs overlooking Wrigley Field, Ald. Tom Tunney has made a bold suggestion to the Cubs: replace the iconic landmarked centerfield scoreboard with a video scoreboard that would generate millions without blocking anybody’s view.”
The Sun-Times spoke with two sources close to the negotiations to confirm that Ald. Tunney suggested that the Cubs tear down the scoreboard, despite its landmark status.
Dennis Culloton, spokesman for Tom Ricketts, told the Sun-Times that demolishing the scoreboard has never been part of the Cubs plans to restore Wrigley Field.
Ald. Tunney is determined to find a way for the views of the rooftop clubs not to be blocked, but the scoreboard, along with the ivy and the marquee are landmarked and cannot be touched. As the Sun-Times reported, the centerfield scoreboard was one of several historic elements of Wrigley Field that was landmarked in 2004 as part of agreement that allowed the team to add 12 more night games.
Fran Spielman reported that the Cubs are “considering locations in left and right field for a video scoreboard that would provide the instant replay modern-day baseball fans demand.” The boards would help generate revenue for the team needed to help pay for the restoration of Wrigley Field.