Opening Night: The Wrigley Field Renovations

Opening Night: The Wrigley Field Renovations

If you think the Wrigley Field renovations won’t be ready for Opening Night in just five days, think again. Julian Green, the Cubs’ vice president of communications, and Carl Rice, the Cubs’ vice president of ballpark operations, held a phone conference with the media on Tuesday to state that Wrigley will be ready for baseball on Sunday night when the Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals.

The stadium has certainly changed a bit since the last time you were there, so here’s what to expect as you take in Opening Night at the Friendly Confines:

The game WILL be played at Wrigley Field
You can dismiss any rumors you’ve heard about the home opener being played at U.S. Cellular Field because it’s not happening.Can you imagine the Cubs playing in enemy territory as the home team? Yeah, me either.

Transportation
Your best bet for getting to the game is public transportation. Driving may be a challenge because of street closures around the stadium, and parking may be tougher to find because the purple and red lots by the stadium are now gone. Save yourself the headache and take the El or a bus.

Pre-game concert
Fall Out Boy will perform a short pre-game concert on the field. Gates will open at 4:35 p.m. giving you plenty of time to grab a beer or ten to brace yourself for their wailing music, if you even want to call it that.

The bleachers
Sorry, no bleacher seats yet. The left and center field bleachers are scheduled to open on May 11 while the right field bleachers should be ready in mid-June. You’ll have to wait a few more months to continue the “left field/right field sucks” chant.

The video board
You’ll finally see the highly anticipated, much talked about video board. Well, part of it anyway. The left field video board will be ready for Opening Night while the right field video board will be ready by the All-Star break. If only we could see how good Kris Bryant looks on that big screen…

The ivy
There will be ivy on the outfield walls, however, there may be gaps in some places because of the ongoing construction. No need to worry; the luscious ivy will be in full bloom this summer as always.

Restrooms
The stadium will be down one men’s restroom and two women’s restrooms, but a temporary facility will be available. Good luck with that one, ladies. I do not envy you.

Cubs statues
The Ron Santo and Ernie Banks statues will be back on Opening Night so you can take all the photos you want of Ronnie and Mr. Cub. Unfortunately the Harry Caray statue will not be returning to Wrigley Field during the 2015 season because of construction in the area.

Didn’t get enough construction drama over the offseason? Don’t worry, there will be up to five more years of renovation issues before the project is officially complete!

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