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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Report: Cubs change Wrigley Field plans for possible tax credit

The catch is, they must build a home run sign with a rotating dolphin display.

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks will consider several changes Thursday that the Chicago Cubs made to their Wrigley Field renovation plan in exchange for possible federal tax credit worth up to $75 million.

The deal with the National Park Service would alter the dimensions and placement of video boards and other signs in order to not encroach on the historic manual center-field scoreboard and the ballpark’s view of the neighborhood, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green said the deal with park service would put the team on track to receive tax credits. It could earn Wrigley a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

‘‘We wouldn’t be eligible to receive those dollars until after the project is finished. But, the credit represents tens of millions of dollars that could be used to help fund the project. Given the scope of this project, we believe Wrigley Field qualifies for those dollars,’’ Green said.

 


Thursday, November 06, 2014

Padres poised to begin renovation plan at Petco | padres.com

Big changes in left field.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 01:22 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, stadium renovations

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Citi Field will be more ‘symmetrical,’ less ‘gimmicky’ | Metsblog

I’m sure David Wright supports this move.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, stadium renovations, stadiums

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Indians announce major changes for Progressive Field in 2015

I wonder if they will keep the statue of Ryan Raburn out in left-field.

There will be a statue of Indians legend Larry Doby, who was the first African-American player in the American League, and starred for the Tribe form 1947-1955, and again in 1958. I was on board with the Jim Thome statue all along, but have also said repeatedly that Doby was the other player who really deserved to be honored in this way. Of all the announcements made today, this is the one I find most exciting. His statue, along with Thome’s and Bob Feller’s, will all be moved to the same part of the stadium.

Gate C, which is beyond right-center field, will be revamped to create a more open space with a view of the field.

The bullpens will be rebuilt so that they are right next to one another, and there will be seating on all sides of them, giving fans an “enhanced connection.” (This should also cut down on the number of balls thrown onto the field by Cincinnati relievers!)

The Kids Clubhouse will be expanded to two levels.

A number of luxury suites will be removed. Progressive Field currently has the second most suites in MLB, so this move makes sense.

There will be a new two-story bar down the right-field line, with decks that look out onto the field and city skyline beyond the stadium, There will be both indoor and outdoor seating at the bar.

The upper deck in right field will be rebuilt so that it can host large-group gatherings during the season (perhaps an LGT meetup???). It will also be structured in a way that allows for the section to be used as a standing-room only area for the postseason and other high-demand games.

Progressive Field currently has a seating capacity of 42,487. These renovations will lower that capacity to somewhere between 37-38,000.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, progressive field, stadium renovations

 

 

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