City Council approves $500 million Wrigley renovations

City Council approves $500 million Wrigley renovations
July 24, 2013, 5:30 pm
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The Chicago Cubs have received final approval from the Chicago City Council for the proposed plans for Wrigley Field renovations that expect to total $500 million.

The renovation plan will include a 5,700-square-foot electronic Jumbotron in left field — nearly three times as large as the existing manual scoreboard in center — and a large advertising sign in right field.

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Alderman Tom Tunney, previously turned off by the thought of advertising at Wrigley, approved the plans for the renovation Wrigley Field as long as the Jumbotron in left and the sign in right field are the only signs to be erected in the outfield.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts has been fighting for permission to improve the ballpark since the Ricketts family bought the team in 2009. Now, both fans and players will see improvements in the facilities and updated amenities at historic Wrigley Field.