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Some more changes coming to Wrigley Field

Feb 9, 2010, 4:27 PM EST

Fractional ownership suites aren’t the only new things coming to Wrigley Field next year:

The
Cubs are following the lead of the Boston Red Sox, opening up the space
underneath the right-field bleachers for corporate pregame events, and
for bleacher fans who may want to come down during the game and watch
the action on flat-screen TVs.
A
pane of one-way glass will separate fans from the right-field batting
cage, allowing them to watch b.p. in the area that Guillen claims has
been a long-time haven for rats.

But wait, there’s more!

  • There
    will be a “30 percent overall increase in bathroom capacity” and improvements in the womens
    bathrooms. Not sure how they measure “capacity.” Not sure I want to know.  Also, according to the stadium’s manager the men will also have more room, “but the look won’t change
    much.”  Thank God, because we all go there for the ambiance.

  • Bleacher advertisements.  They messed with this last month, but apparently those were just mockups.

  • The rectangular, granite slabs on the sides of the outer walls are being taken down and replaced with fencing, which should let more light in.

  • The
    Sheffield Grill restaurant in the right field corner will be opened up
    for fans on game days. Previously, the grill was reserved for corporate
    events, which will be moved to Murphy’s Bleachers. Or maybe to that new area under the bleachers. I’m hearing different things here.

  • The left field bricks will be replaced. The right field bricks are cool because of the coriolis effect or centripetal force or something.  We got guys working on it.


In all seriousness, though, it’s good to see the Rickettseseses taking the Fenway Park approach.  Wrigley Field needs lots of work, but it’s worth saving. Moreover, it’s worth saving slowly, piece by piece in a well thought-out manner, rather than doing what they did to Soldier Field and just dropping some spaceship of a modern stadium on top of some of the old walls and calling it a “renovation.”

  1. Fast Eddy - Feb 9, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Well, this will do it. I am sure this brings the title to Chicago now. Why didn’t they do this sooner? We would have already had the 100 year curse broken.

  2. eaglealan64 - Feb 9, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    It’s not worth saving – it’s a dump and needs to be knocked down and totally rebuilt!

  3. Ryan - Feb 9, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Because then it wouldn’t be a 100 year curse. And they wouldn’t be the Cubs. ;)

  4. smsetnor - Feb 9, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    I hope this is in jest… If not…
    Have you ever even been to Wrigley? What, you want bells and whistles? Enjoying baseball and average beer just not good enough? Are you too simple tell what’s going on in the game without a jumbo-tron? Sorry, sometimes people just like baseball and can enjoy a park whose central theme is actually the game.
    With that, I’m glad they’re making the improvements slowly. I think that the top idea about the space underneath the right field bleachers sounds pretty interesting!

  5. jonny5 - Feb 9, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    This stadium needs to be preserved for future generations to enjoy. I wish more stadiums were preserved instead of replaced. A piece of history is a very valuable thing, one that shouldn’t be lost in history books. Isn’t it better to walk to the seats just as people have for generations, smell the beer stained concrete just as it was way back when grandpa was here as a kid? This is a very good thing.

  6. Jamie - Feb 10, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    I love Wrigley, but anything they can do about the horse trough full of ice that serves as a “men’s room” would be most appreciated.

  7. willmose - Feb 10, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    They missed the most needed improvement. A good team to play on the field.

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