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Wrigley Field Construction Update: March 22

If you though the left-field video board was big... have a look at this photoset. Also, Monday is the day for the Cubs and the rooftops to go back to court.

BCB's David Sameshima found not very much activity at Wrigley Field Sunday -- exactly two weeks before there will be quite a bit of activity, baseball, to be precise.

Here's his Sunday report:

I arrived at 4:45 p.m. It was 31 degrees (+20 wind chill). It was pretty quiet around the ballpark. The primary activity was in left field, around the jumbotron support structure. They were adding more girders to it. I knew how large the jumbotron will be, but it was still a little shocking to see the additions today. For those of you surprised how large it was, based on my previous photos, you will be very surprised again.

David is right. I, too, knew about the size and scale of the jumbotron but these latest photos really show the scale of it and how it will dominate the view toward left field.

Lawyers for both sides will present oral arguments to a federal judge on the businesses' request for the court to bar the Cubs from installing outfield advertising signs and video boards that could block their views into Wrigley Field. Even though some ballpark updates are behind schedule, the Cubs have wanted all signage in place by opening day, April 5 — just two weeks from now.The two rooftops are only trying to stop the team from putting up signs that block their views in right field. Other rooftop businesses whose views also may be blocked by any signs or the video board in left field are not part of the suit.

The rest of Hopkins' article sums up the Cubs/rooftop dispute to date and the previous hearing in front of federal Judge Virginia Kendall. Last month, Kendall rejected the rooftops' request for an injunction to stop construction, a possible signal that these rooftop owners will be unsuccessful in their suit.

As always, we await further developments.

David will be visiting the ballpark later Monday so we should have more photos here tomorrow.