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“Any modernization, you risk losing what made it special,” said Todd Jezierski, a 32-year-old Oregon resident. He said when a friend heard he was coming to Wrigley, he excitedly told him he just had to visit the restrooms and see the ancient urinal troughs.

Charlie Tausche, a 75-year-old retired attorney, has less of a problem with a massive video board than with the technology-toting young people who will flock the Wrigley in greater numbers once school lets out.

“They stand up in front of you in the middle of the game and take their selfies,” he complained.

The oldest stadium in the majors, Boston’s Fenway Park, is awash in video boards and still remains one of the jewels of baseball at 102 years old. And - this is a big one for long-suffering Cubs fans - it has fielded three World Series winners in the last decade.

Robert Garcia, a 38-year-old Chicago teacher who came to a recent game decked out in a Cubs hat, jacket and clutching a scorecard and pencil he just bought, said the essence of Wrigley will remain with new technology.

“When you come in and look down you still see the ivy, you still see the bleachers,” he said.

Even Darryl Wilson, who has been working the manual scoreboard for 23 years, has no objection to all the new technology, including a new video scoreboard.

“I hope they don’t think I can keep up with that scoreboard,” he said.