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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.
If you’re coming to Wednesday’s last Cubs home game, make sure you get there early. Players will give away autographed baseballs in the stands before the final home game.
Cubs Charities and Bank of America will host a group of military members and their families for a pregame batting practice experience, player meet-and-greet before the game as well. Fans can help salute these troops during a Military Take the Field pregame ceremony.
And, it’s my favorite seventh inning stretch as members of the Wrigley Field grounds crew lead the crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” If you’re coming, bring your camera. Wrigley Field won’t look the same in 2015. The Cubs start renovation work this weekend.
* On this date in Cubs history:
1976: Bill Madlock suffers bruises and a slight concussion when he is mugged in New York City. The Cubs then get mugged by the Mets, 4-3.
1984: Rick Sutcliffe pitched a two-hitter in a 4-1 win over the Pirates to help the Cubs clinch the NL East title and secure the first postseason berth since 1945.
1985: Andre Dawson hit three home runs, including a pair of three-run blasts in a 12-run fifth inning, to lead the Expos to a 17-15 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs will begin work this weekend on the Wrigley Field renovation plan, which starts with the expansion of the bleachers and installation of a video scoreboard in left field. The Cubs play their last home game of the season on Wednesday night. Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Tuesday the bleachers, the scoreboard and a Budweiser see-through sign in right field will be in place for the start of the 2015 season. The center field area of the bleachers, which includes the manually operated scoreboard, will not be changed.
Construction work will begin on the home clubhouse, but that will not be finished until Opening Day 2016. Work will continue on that area throughout the 2015 season. The bullpens will be moved underneath the bleachers in 2016 as well as upgraded batting cages. Sheffield and Waveland avenues, which border the Wrigley Field bleachers, will be closed to traffic once construction begins.
– Carrie Muskat
The last homestand of the season at Wrigley Field begins Monday when the Cubs play host to the Reds. On Sept. 24, before the last regular season game, players will give away autographed baseballs in the stands. There will be fan appreciation giveaways on Cubs social media throughout the week as well. Tickets are available for the upcoming 10-game homestand at http://www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).
* Security: Please note that beginning this homestand, the Cubs will begin metal detector screenings of fans entering Wrigley Field as part of a league-wide initiative to standardize security procedures at each Major League ballpark. These security screenings are in addition to the current bag checks in place and will be uniform throughout the league during the 2015 season.
* WGN Radio: On Sept. 19, the Cubs will pay tribute to longstanding radio partner WGN Radio before the game and during the seventh inning stretch. WGN Radio aired Chicago’s first professional game Oct. 1, 1924, when the Cubs and White Sox played the post-season City Series at then-Cubs Park.
On April 14, 1925, WGN broadcast its first regular season Cubs game when Chicago beat Pittsburgh by an 8-2 margin. WGN carried the Cubs from 1924-1943, then served as the exclusive radio home for the team from 1958-2014. The Cubs announced earlier this season that WBBM 780-AM will be the team’s new flagship radio station beginning with the 2015 season. WBBM Radio had previously covered Cubs games at Wrigley Field from 1929-1940.
* Time change: Fans with tickets to Cubs vs. Dodgers Sept. 20 game should note FOX TV has selected the game for their FOX Saturday Baseball “Game of the Week” broadcast. As a result, the game time has been moved from 3:05 p.m. CT to 12:05 p.m. CT. Gates will open two hours prior to first pitch.
* Donations needed: On Sept. 21, the Cubs and Baseball Tomorrow Fund encourage fans to donate new and gently used baseball and softball equipment for the 10th annual equipment day collection benefiting The Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club. To date, more than 100,000 pieces of equipment and approximately $1.6 million in total monetary donations from this league-wide program have benefited organizations in need. Fans can bring their equipment to Gate D at Wrigley Field beginning at 11 a.m. CT.
* Salute: On Sept. 18, recipients of more than $330,000 in Cubs Charities Diamond Project grants will be recognized pregame for their commitments to improving the quality and safety of local baseball fields throughout the Chicago area. These grants were announced last week in partnership with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago.
* Salute Part II: Cubs Charities and Bank of America will host a group of military members and their families for a pregame batting practice experience, player meet-and-greet and private dinner during the team’s final home game Sept. 24. Fans can help salute these troops during a Military Take the Field pregame ceremony that evening.
* Promotional Giveaways:
On Sept. 19, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Cubs Travel Blanket, presented by United Airlines. On Sept. 20, the first 10,000 fans can collect a Cubs Tumbler presented by Pepsi. On Sept. 21, the first 5,000 children 13-and-under will receive a Lunch Tote presented by Jewel-Osco. The first 1,000 kids can run the bases postgame as well, weather permitting.
* Big Ten:
Big Ten Rivalry Week kicks off Sept. 15, and matches heated rivals against each other for bragging rights and access to a ceremonial first pitch. Attendees will receive a Cubs shirt in the colors of their favorite Big Ten team. The lineup of Big Ten Rivalry Week matchups follows:
9/15: Indiana vs. Purdue
9/16: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin
9/17: Michigan vs. Ohio State
9/21: Maryland vs. Rutgers
9/22: Michigan State vs. Penn State
9/23: Iowa vs. Nebraska
9/24: Illinois vs. Northwestern