Judge gives Cubs OK to start video scoreboard installation

Judge gives Cubs OK to start video scoreboard installation

MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs got the go-ahead from a federal judge Thursday to erect the video scoreboards at Wrigley Field. First baseman Anthony Rizzo says he can't wait for the renovations at the 100-year-old ballpark to be completed.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall ruled Thursday in Chicago that the Cubs can continue with plans to install advertising signs at Wrigley Field that could block views from nearby rooftop businesses, and rejected the rooftops group's emergency request for a temporary restraining order. Rooftop owners had argued the video scoreboards will cause "irreparable" harm if installed.

Rizzo, one of the early position players in Cubs camp, said he's eager to see the improvements that are part of the renovation plan.

"That's exciting stuff," Rizzo said. "This will be new stuff, the new generation, the new things to come, hopefully, will start now. The renovations with Wrigley will only help us players and make the fan experience a lot better. With the tradition of the ballpark still there and the new stuff they're adding, I think it's great."

The Cubs began the first phase of a $575 million renovation plan for Wrigley Field this past offseason.

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.