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Chicago City Council Approves $500M Wrigley Renovation

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AP – Chicago’s City Council has approved a $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field, including a Jumbotron above the ivy-covered left-field wall.

Aldermen voted Wednesday to support the work for the home of the Cubs, one day after it got crucial approval from a City Council zoning committee and the alderman whose ward includes the ballpark.

The Jumbotron will be a first for the 99-year-old ballpark on the city’s north side. The team is also adding another sign in right field. But they agreed not to build any other signs that could block the views of rooftop businesses across the street. They also shelved a planned pedestrian bridge just west of the park.

The rooftop owners have a contract with the Cubs that calls on them to pay the team a chunk of their revenues. The owners have threatened to sue if signs the Cubs plan on putting up in the outfield obstruct their views.

The Cubs have been trying to put together the plan since new ownership took over in 2009.

*Photo courtesy of “Only A Game,” heard Saturday mornings at 8AM.

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