You didn’t think the renovations were over, did you?
According to the Chicago Cubs website, the renovation work at Wrigley Field (and the surrounding area) will continue over the winter and include all of the following work:
- Structural Improvements
- Continued Terrace Reserved Seating Replacement
- American Airlines 1914 Club (to be completed by Opening Day 2018)
- Maker’s Mark Barrel Room (to be completed by Opening Day 2019)
- The W Club (to be completed by Opening Day 2019)
- Catalina Club (to be completed by Opening Day 2019)
- Enhancements to the Suite Level
- Expanded Concessions
And with all of that work, as I’m sure you can imagine, Wrigley Field looks like an utter mess for yet another offseason. WGN’s SkyCam9 flew over the stadium earlier this week, and captured the following images:
Among the most notable changes you can expect to see upon visiting Wrigley in 2018, according to Mark Gonzales, will be the “relocating and widening” of the dugouts, which should move about 15 feet down the left and right field lines, respectively.
The move is expected to provide more air circulation and better sight lines for the players. I guess I can understand the latter, and to the former, I’ll just say I’ll have to take your word for it. You can read more about the expected changes for next season here at the Chicago Tribune.
Across the street, construction continues at Hotel Zachary, a boutique hotel located across Clark Street, west of Wrigley Field. That’s expected to open some time in early 2018 (bring me Big Star and Smoke Daddy NOW!).
You can catch a glimpse of that construction (as well as the Clark and Addison development, which is not actually one of the Cubs developments):
At work at Clark & Addison. pic.twitter.com/PIfni8DX4z
— Wrigley Aerials (@WrigleyAerials) November 2, 2017
Clearly, there’s a lot more work to be done, but there’s a long offseason ahead of us. I look forward to – someday – seeing the finished product.