Wrigley Field, longtime home of the Chicago Cubs, is finally getting a makeover after city officials approved over $500 million in renovations. MLB historians might not like the new changes, but fans have been asking for the upgrades for several years.
The historic ballpark is finally getting with modern times and will erect a Jumbotron scoreboard above the left field wall. This new electronic board will be about three times bigger than the one currently in place and will allow the team to gain more revenue through corporate advertising.
In addition to the new scoreboard, the locker rooms will be upgraded and a new hotel will be built across the street, all in an effort to draw more fans and create a buzz around the franchise as they look to rebuild and lose their moniker as the lovable losers.
The team and its owners where looking for help from the public to pay for the new amenities, but after failed attempts, ownership decided it would pay for all the changes, using the new advertising dollars to offset the costs.
One area of concern is a new advertising board that will be placed in right field, The buildings across the street have a contract with the team not to impede the views and it is not yet known if the new design will affect their site lines.
Wrigley Field needed some changes and for good or bad, changes are coming as the team looks to get into the modern age. The old ballpark will lose a bit of its luster, but the extra money generated should help this team over the long run.