Chicago's landmarks commission gave the OK Thursday for the Chicago Cubs to put up a
5,700-square-foot Jumbotron in its ballpark's left field and an
advertising sign in right field.
The commission's move to approve the new signs for Wrigley Field came after nearly six hours of discussion and outcry from
Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), who wanted to see the Jumbotron's size reduced. Nearby rooftop owners have also continued to raise concerns that the signs will hurt their businesses. Cubs officials say the Jumbotron is a bit smaller than the francishe originally wanted, while the right field sign is much reduced in size than initially proposed.
full city council would still have to sign off on the plan. The signs
are part of the team's planned $500 million Wrigley Field renovation project. The Cubs' leadership maintains that it needs the signs in order to boost
advertising revenue to pay for the renovations. If the city council gives
the signs a green light, the renovation project could begin later this year, reported the AP.