Results tagged ‘ Wrigley Field ’

8/8 First night game

Thursday marks the 25th anniversary of what was supposed to be the first night game at Wrigley Field on August 8, 1988. The game was ultimately postponed because of rain in the middle of the fourth inning with the Cubs leading the Phillies 3-1. The first official night contest took place the next night, a 6-4 Cubs win vs. the Mets. Did you go to the 8/8/88 game? Any favorite memories?

8/7 Home sweet home?

* The Cubs enter Wednesday’s game having played exactly 56 games at home and 56 games on the road. They are three games better on the road than at home, posting a 23-33 record at Wrigley Field and a 26-30 record away from home.

* The Cubs are hitting .254 in 56 home games, 23 points higher than their .231 average in 56 road games. They have a .756 OPS at home, 99 points higher than their .657 OPS on the road. Pitching-wise, the Cubs have a 4.22 ERA and a .730 OPS against at home compared to a 3.65 ERA and a .688 OPS against on the road.

* They’ve already collected 26 wins on the road, surpassing their 23 wins away from Wrigley all of last season. The Cubs are 26-30 through 56 road games compared to 16-40 through 56 road games last year (16-41 through 57).

* With 26 wins on the road and 23 at Wrigley Field, the Cubs are one of three teams to have more road wins than home wins this season.

7/28 Sing along

The Cubs return to Wrigley Field on Monday to play the Brewers. Here’s the lineup for seventh inning stretch singers:

Monday: journalist Bill Kurtis
Tuesday (day): Former Cub Rich Nye
Tuesday (night): WWE superstar CM Punk
Wednesday: Members of the Chicago Fire TV show
Thursday: actor and Chicago native Jim Belushi, whose daughter, Jami will sing the anthem
Friday: Actor Michael Shannon
Saturday: TBD
Sunday: Former Cubs catcher Jody Davis

7/24 City council approves Wrigley plan

The Chicago City Council approved the $500 million renovation of Wrigley Field on Wednesday. The plan includes a video scoreboard, improved facilities for the players, and a hotel across the street from the ballpark. The vote came one day after the council’s zoning committee signed off on the deal with the blessing of Alderman Tom Tunney.

The Cubs will install a 5,700-square foot electronic Jumbotron in left field, and have a see-through sign in right.

The team has wanted the renovations since the Ricketts family bought the Cubs in 2009. The Ricketts announced they would finance the plan in January at the Cubs Convention, but needed the advertising revenue from the video scoreboard to help pay for it.

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

7/11 Video scoreboard is coming

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks Thursday unanimously approved two outfield signs that are key to Wrigley Field’s renovation plan, including a video scoreboard for left field. 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 4,560-square foot scoreboard. The Jumbotron will be 95 feet wide, not 100 feet. 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.

Alderman Tom Tunney had demanded the Cubs reduce the size of the signage in response to complaints from rooftop owners. Tunney, who represents the Lake View neighborhood the ballpark is located in, gave an emotional statement at the meeting.

The Chicago Sun-Times said the compromise on the signage came after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stepped in and brokered negotiations between the Cubs and Tunney.

Last month, the landmarks commission approved a master plan for 45,000-square feet of new or existing Wrigley signage, but did not approve the proposed scoreboard or sign the Cubs wanted in left and right fields, respectively.

The signage will help pay for the $500 million renovation plan the Ricketts family has planned for Wrigley Field that includes a hotel on Clark and Addison Streets. The remodel will take five years, and not interrupt play at the 99-year-old ballpark.

– Carrie Muskat

7/11 Wrigley signs to be discussed

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks will meet today to discuss two outfield signs that are key to Wrigley Field’s renovation. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, there has been some compromise since the city and the Cubs last met. Instead of a 6,000-square foot video scoreboard in left field, the Cubs say they will accept a smaller 4,500-square foot scoreboard. The Jumbotron will be 95 feet wide, not 100 feet. Plus, instead of installing a 1,000-square foot see-through sign in right, the Cubs want to install a 650-square foot see-through sign.

Ald. Tom Tunney demanded the Cubs reduce the size of the signage. He also wanted the Cubs to drop plans for a pedestrian bridge over Clark Street that would connect a Cubs-built hotel to the team’s new office building, plus eliminate an outdoor deck on the hotel.

The Sun-Times said the compromise on the signage comes after negotiations between the Cubs and Tunney brokered by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Last month, the landmarks commission approved a master plan for 45,000 square feet of new or existing Wrigley signage, but did not approve the scoreboard or sign proposed for left and right fields, respectively.

The signage is part of a $500 million renovation plan by the Ricketts family for Wrigley Field that includes a hotel on Clark and Addison Streets.

The Wrigley project still must be approved by the Chicago Plan Commission and the City Council.

7/6 The Cup & Coach Q

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6/22 Did you know …

Friday’s game was the first time in the Cubs’ 98 seasons at Wrigley Field in which both teams combined to score at least four runs and all the runs were on solo home runs. That’s according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Cubs had solo homers by Anthony Rizzo, Darwin Barney and Scott Hairston, and Chris Carter hit a solo shot for the Astros.

6/4 Sing along

Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald will lead the crowd at Wrigley Field in the seventh inning stretch on Friday when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Pirates. Here are the upcoming singers:

Friday: Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern Football Coach
Saturday: Hall of Famer Ernie Banks
Sunday: Randy Hundley
Monday: Cast from “The Book of Mormon”
June 11: Arsenio Hall
June 12: Rick Sutcliffe
June 13: TBD

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