7/13 Wrigley Field update

The unanimous approval by the Commission on Chicago Landmark last week of a video scoreboard in left field and new signage in right at Wrigley Field is just one step, and even if the Cubs get the go-ahead by other city commissions this year, they won’t be able to install the signage this season.

The Cubs made compromises since the matter was last discussed by the commission. Instead of a 6,000-square foot video scoreboard in left field, the Cubs say they will accept a 5,700-square foot scoreboard. Plus, instead of installing a 1,000-square foot see-through sign in right, the Cubs were willing to install a 650-square foot see-through sign.

Julian Green, vice president, communications and community affairs for the Cubs, said they still need approval from the Chicago Plan Commission, zoning committees and the full Chicago city council. Green said the Cubs have not selected a video scoreboard company. Plus, they want to be careful with what they install.

“We know the sensitivities of the new assets coming to the ballpark and people wondering how it’s going to fit into the character of the ballpark, and we know we have to get it right the first time,” Green said Saturday. “It’s going to live with us the next 100 years.”

The scoreboard also will need a full-time production staff, which has not been hired.

What about getting the signage up for next year?

“The amount of revenue that can be generated from an asset like a video board, we’re going to try to get it up as soon as possible and get it operating,” Green said.

– Carrie Muskat

3 Comments

Sounds like it is just a matter of time now. Wrigley sells out. Bottom line. The field is just too small too handle a “video scoreboard”. The sad part is they are couching it to make money. Maybe if the team didn’t sign players like Soriano and Z, for long term, expensive contracts, they would have enough money. But maybe it’s even a bigger thing, it’s just another distraction from the game itself. Immediate information, nothing left to the imagination. Wrigley Field with Fenway have held their own. WF is leaving it behind, trying to have the best of both worlds, but will end up with neither. I am 64, so I am biased. But heck, I do own a smartphone and create web sites for a living, so it’s not like I’m holding on to the past. The only hope left are the neighbors surrounding Wrigley…

I see it as progress Steve. Whatever it takes to be in the same “ballpark” with other serious, contending organizations is good with me. Sounds to be the majority of the neighborhood will reap the benefits save some rooftop owners who must have known their “cash cow” would come to an end eventually.

Several different subjects in that paragraph. Hope you dont mind discussion?
(1) “Sounds like it is just a matter of time now. Wrigley sells out.” Thats a good thing, isnt it?
(2) ‘The field is just too small too handle a “video scoreboard”. Obviously it isnt or they would not be putting it up. I am positive there are some brilliant Engineers out there that can handle that project.
(3) “Maybe if the team didn’t sign players like Soriano and Z, for long term, expensive contracts, they would have enough money.” The contracts you mention were on the previous GM, Management in place now were hired stuck with those contracts.
(4) “But maybe it’s even a bigger thing, it’s just another distraction from the game itself.” What distraction are you talking about? Improvements?
(5) “Immediate information, nothing left to the imagination.” I am guessing on this you are talking about renovation plans? If so what is wrong with letting the Neighborhood, Fans & players know what the vision is?
(6) “Wrigley Field with Fenway have held their own. WF is leaving it behind, trying to have the best of both worlds, but will end up with neither.” If you are speaking of the history, why cant you keep the history of Wrigley and build around it? It sounds like they can have the best of both worlds to me!!
(7) “I am 64, so I am biased. But heck, I do own a smartphone and create web sites for a living, so it’s not like I’m holding on to the past.” So you build Web Sites for a living? Does that take planning, kind of a vision of what your cutomers want or expect?
(8) “The only hope left are the neighbors surrounding Wrigley…” Wrigley neighbors will adapt, find a way to profit, enjoy the Cubs, just like they always have.

You actually sound like the Alderman that tried to hold up the renovations. its hard to tell if your ranting or just dont like the renovation plan??

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