The Landmarks Commission, which must approve any alterations to the historically protected features of the 99-year-old Wrigley Field, voted 6-0 Thursday to approve plans for a 5,700-square-foot Jumbotron-style screen in left field and a new script advertising sign in right field to measure about 650 square feet, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.
The $500 million plans must now be approved by the city's Plan Commission and City Council.
The Tribune said the Landmarks Commission's decision could mark a decisive moment in Cubs owner Tom Ricketts' negotiations with Wrigleyville Alderman Thomas Tunney, 44th district, who wanted the size of the signs reduced. The Cubs agreed to only minor changes to the video screen and agreed to reduce the size of the advertising sign from the original planned 1,000 square feet to about 650 square feet. The Plan Commission and City Council tend to go with the decisions made by the Landmarks Commission, the Tribune said.