Historic Wrigley Field marquee back in its rightful spot
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The historic Wrigley Field marquee was carefully lifted back into its rightful spot Wednesday afternoon at one of the nation’s oldest ballparks — just in time for Monday’s home opener.
The Chicago Cubs on Wednesday evening tweeted pictures of the marquee being lifted and placed back where it belongs at the park. Along with a photo of the marquee, the Cubs tweeted: “It’s beginning to feel like home again. #LetsGo.”
The marquee was introduced to the park in the 1930s. Back then the sign was green. The red sign that Cub fans are all accustomed to on game days, which reads “Wrigley Field, Home of Chicago Cubs,” was installed in 1960s.
In 2015, a permanent Toyota sign was placed under the historic marquee as part of a sponsorship with the team.
The Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds at 7:05 p.m. Monday.
The marquee was removed in November as Wrigley Field underwent a big renovation plan. Built in 1914, it’s in year two of a five-year renovation plan.
Upgrades include reconstruction of the Budweiser bleachers; replacement of 7,000 seats on the terrace section; reconstruction of the main gate and the park’s western facade; a new clubhouse; and a new exterior event plaza, according to the Cubs.
On Friday, the Ernie Banks statue is expected to return to Wrigley Field. It too was moved during construction last fall.