Approval sought for proposed Wrigley changes

Cubs will go before Commission on Chicago Landmarks about sign, video scoreboard

Approval sought for proposed Wrigley changes

CHICAGO -- The Cubs will present changes regarding the proposed outfield signage at Wrigley Field for approval to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Thursday. The changes include eliminating one of the seven outfield signs and moving a video scoreboard in right field.

The moves will address concerns expressed by the National Park Service, which has to approve the team's renovation plans for the 100-year-old ballpark to receive federal tax credits, according to reports by Crain's Chicago Business and the Chicago Tribune.

Besides trimming the number of outfield signs, the Cubs also will switch the video scoreboard proposed for behind the Budweiser patio in right field with a script sign proposed for right. The right-field video scoreboard will be reduced in size, according to reports.

The Cubs also will remove a proposed script sign that was to have been placed between the new left-field video scoreboard and the center-field scoreboard.

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks had approved the seven signs in July.

With the changes, the Cubs could receive up to $75 million in tax credits under a federal program to encourage the preservation of historic properties.

According to reports, the National Park Service was concerned the Cubs were adding too much advertising. In 2013, the Landmarks Commission had approved two signs, and this year, the Cubs altered their plan, saying they wanted to install seven signs in the outfield.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.