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Cubs Authentics has introduced the Wrigley Field Collection for fans looking to collect unique items from the ballpark. Cubs Authentics is the Cubs’ official provider of game-used and authenticated memorabilia. The Wrigley Field Collection will feature authenticated items in limited quantities throughout the season, including bleacher seats, flags, scoreboard tiles, signage and celebrity guest memorabilia, plus items related to Wrigley Field’s restoration and expansion.
Wrigley Field Collection items are available for purchase or bidding at http://www.cubs.com/authentics, beginning Monday with a limited number of Wrigley Field flags plus Budweiser Bleacher seats and aisle placards recently removed from the ballpark. Additional items, such as “W” flags flown over the ballpark after home wins and swatch items with authenticated infield dirt, will become available during the 2015 season and throughout the course of the restoration process.
In addition to memorabilia made available for sale to fans, the Cubs and Cubs Authentics continue to preserve historic elements of the ballpark and game-used gear for the team’s archives. Some items, such as bricks from Wrigley Field’s original bleacher construction, will be re-used in the restored Wrigley Field as possible. Others, such as unique signage or equipment used during noteworthy games, are stored securely in the Cubs Archives.
Cubs Authentics can be found at the following locations:
* The Cubs Store, 3620 N. Clark Street, across from Wrigley Field
* Online at http://www.cubs.com/authentics
* Memorabilia also can be purchased over the phone at (773) 404-4753 or by emailing CubsAuthentics@cubs.com
The Cubs have reached their season ticket sale capacity for the 2015 season. Julian Green, vice president of communications and community affairs, said the renewal rate for season tickets was 91 percent. The waiting list for season tickets has more than 50,000 names and is growing, Green said.
The renewal rate was close to 90 percent prior to the announcement on Nov. 3 that the Cubs had hired Joe Maddon as manager. Green said the excitement about the prospects, the improved play at the end of the 2014 season, and the start of the renovation work at Wrigley Field all contributed to the surge in sales.
– Carrie Muskat
On Friday, crews carefully moved what is known as the caretaker’s house away from Wrigley Field. The brick structure was built in 1923 and located at the northwest corner of Wrigley Field, outside of the ballpark. It’s temporary home will be about 200 feet away in a parking lot.
Construction crews needed the 470,000-pound building to be moved to complete modifications inside Wrigley Field’s Gate K. They are excavating for a new two-story basement level for the planned office building and plaza in the lots immediately adjacent to the ballpark. The caretaker’s house will be restored and returned to its original location by Opening Day 2015. When restored, the building will have a front porch with a combination of salvaged and new bricks. The house will be placed on a new foundation and will get a new roof.
Wolfe House Movers handled the delicate operation of moving the house, which was built for $6,000 during a major renovation of then-Cubs Park between the 1922-1923 seasons. Owner William Wrigley Jr. decided to build the home and offer it free of rent to Dorr, who was the ballpark’s grounds superintendent from 1919-57. Dorr and his family moved into the building in 1923, and he lived there until his death in 1957.
Long-time Cubs traveling secretary Bob Lewis use the building as his office and also called it home after Dorr left. Upon Lewis’ retirement, the building served as an office and also storage. Some players wanted to live there. Most recently, it was used as office space for the concessionaires.
– Carrie Muskat
With all of the construction at Wrigley Field, many fans who bought commemorative brick pavers were concerned about what happens to their bricks. Here is a letter the Cubs sent to those people (in case you didn’t get it):
“As a Wrigley Field personalized paver owner, we appreciate your support of the Chicago Cubs. As you are likely aware, work is now underway to restore and expand beautiful Wrigley Field.
“We are taking great care to preserve and protect your paver as work continues in and around the ballpark. As part of this process, your paver may need to be moved and will not be accessible during this offseason. We will provide you with an update closer to Opening Day.
“We appreciate your continued support and patience as we work to restore and expand Wrigley Field to provide better facilities for our players, more amenities for our fans and continued economic benefits to Chicago and the Lakeview community.”
Wrigley Field Paver Program
If you walk by Wrigley Field, you’ll notice a large gap in the left field wall. And soon there will be one in right field as well. Crews are taking down the left and right field bleachers as part of the four-year, $575 million Wrigley Field renovation project.
The first phase of the privately funded project, to be completed this offseason, is infrastructure work. The ballpark’s structural steel and foundation will be strengthened and much of the concrete in the bleachers will be replaced. The first phase also includes the expansion and improvement of the left- and right field bleachers, which were updated after the 2005 season. The usable bricks from the outfield walls will be stored until construction of the new outer wall begins.
The changes are needed to support the new 3,990-square-foot video board in left field and the 2,225-square-foot video board in right field, which are to be ready by Opening Day 2015.
Crews also are digging in the parking lot west of Wrigley Field, which will be part of the new home clubhouse. That will not be ready until the 2016 season.
Fans who purchased commemorative brick pavers that were installed outside the Clark and Addison street entrance should note that those pavers will be preserved.
The Cubs have established a website, http://www.wrigleyfield.com, for fans to follow the renovation work, called the 1060 Project. That number, for those who don’t know, is Wrigley Field’s address.
– Carrie Muskat
On Saturday, the Cubs officially celebrated the start of the Wrigley Field renovation project. The Ricketts family, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Kerry Wood and city and state officials, community and corporate partners took part in the ceremony, now titled The 1060 Project.
The four-year plan includes structural updates; improved player facilities; new signage, including video boards in left and right field; expanded concessions; new and improved restroom facilities and more. It will be done in four separate phases. The privately funded $575 million project will create approximately 2,100 jobs and generate $1.2 billion in net new revenue to the local economy over the next 30 years.
The team’s primary focus in the first phase is infrastructure work. The ballpark’s structural steel and foundation will be strengthened, while much of the concrete in the Budweiser Bleachers will be replaced. The first phase also includes the expansion and improvement of the left- and right-field bleachers, which will provide more room for fans in the concourse, additional concession areas and new group terraces.
Several new outfield signs will be added, including a 3,990-square-foot video board in left field and a 2,225-square-foot video board in right field.
Subsequent phases will address improvement and expansion of player facilities; new bullpens and batting tunnels; new restrooms, concessions, seats, luxury suites, clubs, restaurants, retail and entertainment spaces for fans; additional commissary space for food preparation; and an improved press box.
For additional information about The 1060 Project, go to http://www.wrigleyfield.com.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, MLB commissioner Bud Selig and other dignitaries attended the official groundbreaking of Wrigley Field on Saturday. Fans can follow the $575 million renovation at wrigleyfield.com.