Cubs looking to move brick wall behind home plate to add seats at Wrigley Field
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The Cubs plan to ask the Commission on Chicago Landmarks for permission to add 56 seats behind home plate at Wrigley Field, moving the brick wall three feet closer to the field for the project.
A team spokesman confirmed Tuesday the presentation will be made Thursday to the commission, which must approve any changes to the ball park which is a designated landmark.
The plan calls for taking down the current wall and salvaging the brick and stone cap to incorporate into a new wall behind home plate, according to a Crain’s report.
The team’s baseball officials did not know about the project when asked Tuesday. But team president Theo Epstein said shrinking the foul area behind home plate wouldn’t necessarily be a problem on the field.
``I don’t see it as a big deal, honestly, one way or another if it’s only a couple feet,’’ he said.
Wrigley Field was given landmark status in 2004, requiring structural changes to be approved by the commission. Three rows of seats were added from dugout to dugout in 2004.
The Cubs have had to get permission from the commission in recent years to accommodate some advertising additions, including the Toyota sign that rises behind the left field bleachers.