All weekend and thru yesterday, practices and workouts of nearly all major league players has been closed to the public. For an hour or so each day, some of the minor leaguers are on one or two of the 4 accessible fields on the west.
Yesterday, most of the major leaguers practiced and took batting practice at the big stadium, which of course was closed to the public. Some of the practices take place on a field (directly adjacent to - and across the street from the big stadium) where you can see the action from the right field side, but there are no restroom facilities, no drinking fountains, no seating to speak of -- but many security guards.
There was apparently a car accident outside the Cubs parking lot exit where autograph seekers have their only chance of actually having a player sign for them or their kids. So the Cubs gestapo has put an end to autographs outside the parking lot.
I have talked to several out of town visitors, families and older couples, who have traditionally made the trip for the pre-spring training game practices. They will not be coming back. There are many disappointed people so far. They have obviously put a lot of time in designing the complex in such a way that the players could have a lot of privacy. I guess having people watch them was a big problem all this time. Who knew?