Cubs May Need City's OK for New Sign

Ball club can't alter certain elements of the historic stadium

By Jennifer Schwarz
|  Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012  |  Updated 5:58 PM CDT
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Fans sit under the center field scoreboard to avoid the intense heat during a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field on July 20, 2011 in Chicago. The Phillies defeated the Cubs 9-1.

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The Cubs plan to put up a new 75-foot electronic sign in Wrigley's right field.

The organization unveiled the sign’s design at the Cubs Convention over the weekend, but they may need to ask the Commission on Chicago Landmarks for permission to install it.

The City Council landmarked several “historic elements” of Wrigley in a 2004 agreement. The landmarks include the exterior and marquee sign at Clark and Addison, the manned center-field scoreboard, ivy-covered brick walls, and the uninterrupted sweep of the stadium’s bleachers and grandstand.

The ball-club would need permission from the commission to alter any of these elements, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

Cubs staff doesn’t believe the sign requires approval and says the change doesn’t affect any of Wrigley’s historic features. Staffers did say, though, they’d be willing to work with the commission if city officials disagree.

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