Cubs and Chicago agree on Jumbotron at Wrigley
The Chicago Cubs and the city of Chicago have reached a historic agreement in the restoration of Wrigley Field that would allow the Cubs to build a Jumbotron at Wrigley Field.
According to an SB Nation Cubs blog, the Jumbotron would be in left field and was said to be 6,000 square feet when first proposed. Wrigley Field is a historic structure so an agreement had to be made. All changes to historic structures must be approved by the city’s landmarks commission. They met on Thursday and approved this part of the renovations.
The Cubs waited a very long time to even put lights in at Wrigley, so this latest change, and any that follow it, are monumental for the Cubs, the city of Chicago, and their fans. The proposed Jumbotron would be 5,700 square feet and another 650-square foot sign would be put in right field, according to the Daily Herald.
The Jumbotrons are probably the most difficult part for the Cubs to work out in the $500 million renovation project. They have been trying to work out the details and overall plan for this project ever since the Ricketts family has owned the team.
The main problem with the Jumbotron is that it would hinder the views from the rooftop bleachers across the street. Apparently, most of the Jumbotron blocks the view of one of the few buildings on that street that does not have bleachers, but it would still disrupt the view to some extent.
Currently, the Cubs and the owners of said rooftops are in the middle of a 20-year revenue-sharing contract that makes the rooftop owners give the Cubs 17 percent of their gross annual revenue, which they make from charging fans to watch the Cubs games from the bleachers which they have built on their roofs.
Blocking the views from the bleachers does violate these contracts and would cause serious problems in a multi-million dollar enterprise that allows fans a fantastic view of Wrigley. It will be interesting to see if the construction of the Jumbotron brings about any lawsuits from the rooftop owners.
If all goes as planned, fans have a limited amount of time to go see a ballgame at Wrigley as Wrigley was meant to be.