The Commission on Chicago Landmarks will meet Thursday to approve two massive outfield signs pivotal to renovating Wrigley Field without a public subsidy, but they’ll be smaller than the team had in mind.
Instead of building a 6,000-square-foot video scoreboard in left field, the Cubs have settled for 4,500 square feet. The Jumbotron will be 95 feet wide, down from 100 feet, meaning five feet less of rooftop blockage. The back will be tailor-made to blend in with the 99-year-old stadium’s restored exterior.
Instead of putting up a 1,000-square-foot see-through sign in right field that might move or rotate, the team will get a static 650-square-foot see-through sign.
And while the team has held out the possibility of setting off fireworks to celebrate home runs — just as they do at U.S. Cellular Field — sources said City Hall will not authorize pyrotechnics at Wrigley.