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The Cubs release renderings of the new and improved Wrigley Field

May 1, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

The Cubs have released renderings of the proposed renovations to Wrigley Field. They’re not half bad:



As you can see, the jumbotron is the most obvious change. Less obvious but perhaps more significant is the alteration to the bleachers. Several rows are to be removed so that a party patio thing and new signage can go there. CSN Chicago has the full rundown of all of the proposed changes (all of the artist’s renderings can be seen here) which include expanded concessions, more accessible concourses, more restrooms, overhauled clubhouses and the like.

It’s ambitious. It’s also pretty necessary. Because while the field itself remains beautiful, everything else about Wrigley is antiquated and/or inconvenient. Changes are necessary. And, if the Cubs can get past expected opposition from the people who own the buildings on Waveland Avenue who have historically enjoyed rooftop views into the park, changes are coming.

  1. Shafer's Dealer - May 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Where will they display the championship banners?

    • blackandbluedivision - May 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      same place as they’ve always been…someone else’s ballpark.

  2. gettingpwned - May 1, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Those ppl on waveland are just going to have to deal. Your free ride wasn’t a right.

    • ptfu - May 1, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      It became a right when the rooftop owners signed a contract with the Cubs. The Cubs and the rooftop owners each agreed to do certain things, and not do other things, as spelled out in the deal. If the Cubs want to terminate the agreement, they’ll have to make it worth it for the rooftop owners.

      Also, I believe Wrigley is a national historic landmark or something to that effect. That places limits on what ownership can change in the park.

  3. bla bla bla - May 1, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Let us just hope that they keep the urine troughs in the men’s rooms. NOTHING beats good video of drunken Chicago frat-boys, body surfing in a river of piss.

  4. josemartez - May 1, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Agree that the field is pristine, but the concourses and basically everything else absolutely need the work. Minor league parks have better amenities than Wrigley (and Wrigley rates as one of my favourite parks I’ve been to).

  5. sfm073 - May 1, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Why not just build a new stadium? How much longer can wrigley still be used? It’s really cool and something that every baseball fan should experience, but it’s not practical anymore.

    • 18thstreet - May 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      What’s impractical about it? That they sell 35,000 tickets a game to see a last place team? That’s 10,000 more than the White Sox draw.

      There’s nothing wrong with Wrigley other than that crappy scoreboard in center.

  6. jm91rs - May 1, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Are those UnderArmor logos already there or is that part of the improvement? Most parks would sell every inch of outfield wall space, I’d like to see them put a few more logos out there.

    • jwbiii - May 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      The Under Armor logos are already there. The on garage doors which lead to the grounds crew’s storage area under the bleachers.

  7. DonRSD - May 1, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    I like the renovation.

  8. umrguy42 - May 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    *looks at drawing* Nice, I’ll admit.

    But what’s with that drawing? Is it just me, or is the first basemen interfering with the runner there? 😀

    • RoyHobbs39 - May 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      It appears as if the first baseman is literally “holding the runner at first”.

  9. 27xwschamps - May 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    It’s still a Dump !!!!!

  10. blackandbluedivision - May 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    A curse has never looked so beautiful.

  11. gloccamorra - May 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Is the drawing of the jumbotron at night a hint that more night games are needed?

  12. hojo20 - May 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Wrigley Field looks ridiculous with all the changes.

  13. Brinke - May 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    so do the Cubs play @ White Sox place while this happens?

  14. senatorsguy - May 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Let’s just be clear, here: The purpose of megasized scoreboards is NOT to improve the fan experience. It is there to pummel you with advertising and schticky casual fan entertainment. For all of you Cubs fans who brag about the shrine of Wrigley – I wish you farewell.

    • nightman13 - May 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      I think it’s actually more for blocking any free rooftop views. They’ve been trying to do that for years.

  15. 13arod - May 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    thry aren’t tearing wrigley down OK

  16. southpaw77 - May 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Need to get more parking around there, its a nightmare for out-of-towners.

  17. xli2006 - May 2, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    It’s as much a Power Grab against the Rooftop business as it is a remodel of Wrigley.

    There has to be a happy medium between renovations and keeping the Rooftops. A revenue split for starters.

  18. gmsalpha - May 2, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Can they put jumbotrons and regulartrons on the rooftops instead?

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