Phase Two of The 1060 Project was delayed a couple of weeks with the Cubs playing deep into October for the first time in seven years. The ownership and front office obviously welcomed the delay and would have preferred the project was put on hold even further this off-season.
Phase One received rave reviews. The new video boards enhanced the experience at Wrigley Field and fit in seamlessly to the iconic ballpark.
The most important addition that will be made to Wrigley Field during Phase Two is the state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot clubhouse.
By all accounts and the last official update from the team is that the Cubs new clubhouse is on schedule and will be ready by Opening Day 2016. So when the Cubs return to Wrigley from Spring Training, three games with the Angels (April 3-6) and four games at Chase Field (April 7-10), the players and coaching staff will have all of the amenities, and then some, as the other 29 teams.
What a difference 12 months can make. This time last year, the Cubs had just broken ground on The 1060 Project. The bleachers were being demolished and Joe Maddon was not officially the Cubs manager.
Phase Two: 2015-16
• Cubs Clubhouse – The Cubs will go from the worst clubhouse in baseball to the second largest in the game and a state of the art facility. The Cubs 30,000 square foot space includes locker rooms for the players and coaches, a strength and conditioning center, training and hydrotherapy areas, player lounge, media center and team offices.
• Former/Old Clubhouse – The Cubs former clubhouse will be developed in order to make the dugout larger and will include two underground batting cages, an auditorium and additional office space.
• Third Base Club – The team is building an area for premium and Season Ticket Holders adjacent to the batting tunnels in order for fans to get a view of the players batting practice.
• Concessions Prep and Staging Area – A new, 30,000 square-foot concessions preparation and staging area will be added below the plaza.
• Seats and Concrete – The seats and most of the concrete from the left field foul pole to the main gate under the marquee will be replaced and the third base side concourse will be completed that includes new concessions and bathrooms in the area.
• Right Field Upper Deck – Enhancements are scheduled to be made to the right field upper deck that includes the development of a new outdoor concourse along the south and west roofline of Wrigley Field, the plan calls for additional concession and bathrooms for the area.
• Completion of the Bleacher Restoration and Expansion
• New grounds crew space
• Outdoor plaza and office building with first floor retail (scheduled for completion in late 2016)
Part of Phase Two of the 1060 Project was to move the bullpens, currently located in foul ground down the first and third base lines, under the left and right field bleachers. A new area was scheduled to be built in which the bullpens would be enclosed the under the bleachers.
The Tribune reported at the end of August, the Cubs will not move the bullpens to underneath the bleachers until the 2017 season, or Phase Three of the Project.
The home and visiting bullpens will stay in place for the 2016 season. The Cubs have to “complete the permanent below-grade batting tunnels before moving the bullpens.” And the construction of the new batting cages will not be completed by April.
The Cubs new, state-of-the-art clubhouse is on schedule to be ready for Opening Day 2016. The Tribune reported that because “visiting teams will continue to use the small, outdated cages underneath the left and right field bleachers next season, meaning there will be no room for the new bullpens.”
• The Tribune: Wrigley Field’s Bullpens, an underappreciated and endangered pleasure
Additional outfield signs are expected to be installed this off-season. The Cubs have not provided an official update on the outfield signage.