City council gives approval for Wrigley renovations

By WEEK Producer

City council gives approval for Wrigley renovations

July 24, 2013 Updated Jul 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Chicago's City Council gave final approval on Wednesday for a $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field.

Under the plan, the Chicago Cubs would erect a 5,700 square foot electronic Jumbotron in left field, add advertising signage in the park and build a hotel, office-retail complex and plaza across the street.

The Cubs have been pushing for renovations since the Ricketts family bought the team in 2009.

After an effort to get public help for the project failed, the Cubs said the team would fund the entire renovation.

The ball club still risks a lawsuit from rooftop businesses across the street who are worried new scoreboards and advertising signs will obstruct their view of the field.

Negotiations between the club and rooftop owners are on-going.

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