Friday, April 5, 2013

A look at this year's off-season work at Wrigley Field (Photos)

The talk of the town continues to be future renovations of Wrigley Field and the supposed $500 million worth of work they plan to do over the next 5 years. All that's well and good but there was still work to do done this off-season. Each year they say the Ricketts Family spends about $10 million in upkeep; for concrete work, repainting, and improvements here and there.
Here are a few of the tasks we caught them in the act of this past winter:

1. A new field:

Wrigley's Field - as bald as a baby (via globetrotscott)

It sure seems like they did this just a year or two ago, but they decided to re-do the entire playing surface. Hopefully some of our bad luck was replaced as well.

2. A new row behind home plate:

Again, this was something they did just a few years back - when they added 3 new rows. Apparently they felt they should squeeze some more high priced seats in - 56 seats to be exact.

Along with the work to move in the brick backstop, they created a removable section of brick just to the outfield side of the home dugout. This will allow for more room when they try to bring more football games to Wrigley Field - and hopefully avoid this

3. The Scoreboard spiffed up

Boy, we sure did enjoy watching them open up the old scoreboard. With the new paint job, she looks just dandy and ready for Opening Day.

Go Cubs.