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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