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Cubs reveal renderings of proposed Wrigley Field expansion

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The Chicago Cubs have released a revised plan for Wrigley Field's renovation that includes new signs, new seats and lights, and a warning the team would consider moving to another Chicago site if it is not allowed to "control our ballpark."

The Cubs revealed renderings of the proposed Wrigley Field expansion Tuesday afternoon. Under the renderings, some of the signs would fully block views of the field from rooftops.

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The revised plan comes days after the team announced it would no longer seek the approval of nearby rooftop owners who threaten to sue over any changes that would obstruct their views of Wrigley Field's playing field. The plans have been delayed for years as the family tried to negotiate with rooftop owners.

The proposal would expand the outfield landscape, clubhouse and relocate the bullpens. The expanded outfield would include lights to reduce shadows on fly balls for outfielders. The team also said the expanded home clubhouse would be about 30,000 square feet. It will be located beneath a new outdoor plaza. The expansion would allow both bullpens to be relocated from the field to underneath the bleachers.

Cubs fans had a mixed reaction.

“The fact they are going ahead with it is bewildering. You would think they wouldn't want to end up in court," said one fan.

Another hoped for a compromise, but said the park needs change. “It’s one of the worst stadiums in the country, it’s rundown. It’s great for the historic purposes, but it needs to be renovated.”

Blogger Al Yellon of Bleedcubbieblue.com told FOX 32 the family’s threats of moving the team out of historic Wrigley Field won’t happen, and he believes there is wiggle room for compromise.

“Compromise in some ways is a dirty word these days, but this is what you have to do. Someone said that compromise is what you get when no one is happy. Everyone will get a little of what they want and the cubs will begin construction,” Yellon said.

The revised plan will go before the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on June 5. Cubs officials say the team has been working with city officials on the revised plan.

More details about the proposed expansion will be available on the Cubs official website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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