What can #Cubs fans expect at Wrigley Field? Here’s an update

Cubs officials gave an update Tuesday regarding Wrigley Field, saying the ballpark will be ready for Opening Night even if the bleachers are not. The Cubs began the renovation project of the 100-year-old ballpark this past offseason. The left field and center field bleachers are expected to be open by May 11, and the right field bleachers will be ready for fans in mid June.

On Sunday, the video scoreboard in left field will be operating. The right field video board will not be functioning until the All-Star break.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green spent time Tuesday debunking some rumors about the work being done. Green said “at no time has Major League Baseball intervened in our construction project. They are not concerned, mad or disappointed in the team or the pace of construction. They have been supportive in our efforts.”

There were no discussions with the White Sox about playing the Cubs home opener at U.S. Cellular Field, Green said. He said rumors that the upper deck and grandstand are not safe are “absolutely false and simply reckless.”

“This has been most disturbing and reaching an all-time low for our Wrigley Field rumors and myths,” Green said.

Some other items to note:

* The outfield walls are intact and the ivy is attached, but there will be gaps in the greenery. The ivy was expected to be back in full bloom by mid summer.

* Work will continue throughout the season west of Wrigley Field along Clark Street as construction continues on the new clubhouse and plaza area.

* Fans are encouraged to use public transportation when going to games at Wrigley Field because of the construction work. The Red and Purple lots are no longer available. The Cubs do offer free remote parking at 3900 North Rockwell and have free shuttle transportation. The Blue and Brown lots also will not be available.

* The bike check service will continue north of The Cubs Store on the west side of Clark Street.

* Pedestrian access will change. The access on Clark Street near Wrigley will be limited to one lane of traffic in each direction, and pedestrian access will only be on the west side of the street. Waveland Avenue from Clark to Sheffield will remain closed to traffic. There will be pedestrian access on the north side of Waveland only. Sheffield will be closed to traffic. Pedestrian access will be on the east side.

* Group and public buses will be affected. Group charter and coach buses will unload and pick up on Irving Park Road. CTA will provide the same level of service at the same drop off and pickup points.

* On Sunday, “Fall Out Boy” will perform three songs on the field. Because of the pre-game performance, the gates at Wrigley will open at 4:35 p.m. CT. That is for Opening Night only. All gates will be available on Opening Night.

* All ticket windows at Wrigley Field will be open Sunday and the rest of the season. The Cubs will no longer sell tickets at The Cubs Store.

* Wi-Fi/Cell service: Cell service will be available in the ballpark in 2015. The Cubs hope all providers finish their installation by Sunday. However, Wi-Fi has been a challenge at Wrigley, and the system will be down for the majority of 2015.

* Statues: The Ernie Banks and Ron Santo statues will be in place by Opening Night. The Harry Caray statue, which was near the bleachers, will not return for the 2015 season. It is part of the ongoing construction.

* Brick pavers: The Cubs say they will relocate the pavers to the area outside the bleachers on Sheffield and Waveland. All will be replaced, and in place by Opening Day 2016. Fans who have purchased the pavers will get information regarding specific locations.

4 comments

  1. Pingback: What can #Cubs fans expect at Wrigley Field? Here’s an update - Cubs Chronicles
  2. jhosk

    To borrow a slogan popular this college basketball season, and which I suggest applies to the Wrigley Field modifications, ”Embrace the pace.”

    • Doug

      I doubt they will do any major work out in the open during games. I mean, do you think fans would like to have giant dust clouds from construction floating by them as they eat and drink during the game?

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