4/30 Cubs unveil more Wrigley plans
The Cubs revealed the first detailed look at the entire renovation project to selected media outlets Tuesday, including the proposed 6,000-square foot video scoreboard proposed for left field. The video board will be three times larger than Wrigley Field’s center field scoreboard, and also will have built-in light banks to address a shortage of outfield lighting. The Cubs also want to add a 1,000-square foot see-through sign in right field, similar to the Toyota sign now in left. The Cubs also showed other key elements of the project, which include a seven-story hotel, a six-story office building, and an outdoor plaza. The $300 million renovation plan and $200 million neighborhood redevelopment plans are projected to be completed over a five-year period.
The Cubs’ renovations will begin this offseason with removal of 3,500 seats to open up 25,000 square feet for the home clubhouse, batting tunnels, video rooms and training facilities. That would be double the current space.
“This is a historic restoration,” Crane Kenney, Cubs president of business operations, told select media Tuesday. “This is not a renovation. This is not trying to make Wrigley new. It’s actually trying to make Wrigley old.”
The Cubs and city officials have agreed on 40 night games, more late afternoon games on Fridays, and weekend closings of Sheffield Avenue for street fairs on game days. All have agreed in principle on the left field video board, right field signage, additional signs inside Wrigley and the hotel.
Note: To see the proposed changes to Wrigley Field, you need to check out the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times or Crain’s Chicago Business websites. We hope to have the artist’s renderings later Wednesday on Cubs.com.