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Wrigley Field's Historic Status May Provide Obstacle To Addition Of Jumbotron
Published April 23, 2013
FOLLOWING BEANTOWN RECIPE: In Buffalo, Mike Harrington wrote Wrigley is “about where Fenway was in the mid-1990s, with a decision needed to either go forward with some major makeovers or to start anew.” It “looks like the Cubs are making the right play by giving the nod to history with an eye on the future.” The proposed scoreboard is “a necessity in this day and age, mostly for advertising, but it still saddens me.” Much like the Red Sox “have done with Yawkey Way, the Cubs will incorporate portions of Waveland and Sheffield Avenues into the ballpark -- and will block Sheffield off entirely for two hours before games.” The Yawkey Way “street carnival is one of the most successful facets of the Fenway renovation.” It added “all kinds of revenue streams and cut down dramatically on the crowding inside the park.” The Cubs could “certainly use a similar effect.” A better facility could “go a long way to help” President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein “work the same magic in Chicagoland that he did in Beantown” (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/21).
WHAT THE KIDS ARE WATCHING: Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s David Kaplan said the proposed scoreboard would feature a “lot of advertising” and having it “would be exceptionally cool.” But there are “others who do not want a jumbotron.” Chicago-based WMAQ-NBC’s Peggy Kusinski said, “Get with the program already, put it up there. It’s fine, it looks great.” Kusinski said it is “okay to like it the old-fashioned way but when you are losing fans and you’re trying to continue to build a fan base at the younger level, they’re going, ‘That’s not cool to go to Wrigley. They don’t have all the cool stuff’” (“Sports Talk Live,” CSN Chicago, 4/19).