The Cubs are making progress on the first phase of the 1060 Project to Expand and Restore Wrigley Field and the team released a video that provided details of the extent of the work going on at the old ballyard.
The team announced during last month’s convention that the left and right field bleachers would not be ready on Opening Night against the Cardinals, news Crane Kenney said was likely in November. If there are no further delays in the project, the left field bleachers are scheduled to be open by May 11 with the right field bleachers scheduled to open in late May.
The left field video board is on schedule to be installed and operational by Opening Night. The video board in right field is on track to be operational when the right field bleachers open.
The 1060 Project is scheduled for four phases over the next four off-seasons (2014-18). Phase one includes: Structural steel and concrete work throughout the facility, bleacher expansion and restoration in left and right field that includes an additional 15 feet of space in the left and right field bleachers, new concession areas and restroom facilities, new outfield group terraces and an additional 300 bleacher seats. Outfield signage includes 3,990 square-foot video board in left field, 2,250 square-foot video board in right field, 650 square foot sign in right field, additional outfield signs that includes LED ribbon signs on the upper deck down the first and third baselines, work on the third base concourse with new restroom facilities and excavation in the triangle property to prepare the foundation for new player facilities, a concessions prep and staging space and office development.
Construction on the triangle property will continue throughout the season. The team said in January the new clubhouse is on schedule to be ready for Opening Day 2016.
The Cubs have not announced if there have been additional delays with the project. The construction is moving forward as shown in the photo posted by Wrigley Blog. The photo also shows how much the footprint of the park has been expanded.
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