While the Cubs are busy in Sloan Park, big changes continue to take shape back at Wrigley Field. As you’re no doubt aware, the ongoing 1060 Project has seen a complete overhaul of the century-old ballpark, with both additions to and refurbishments of the existing structure. Much of what’s happening this winter is below the surface, at least in terms of the finished product.
There will be some noticeable changes to the seating in the lower level, though, as things are reconfigured to accommodate several new premium club experiences. The dugouts are also being enlarged and shifted slightly, which has to be a good thing for the players, especially once September brings expanded rosters.
The fine folks at Wrigley Aerials have been on top of the process, literally, and they’ve got some great shots of the ballpark’s interior. It’s not as easy to see exactly what’s been done, what with the Saran Wrap covering everything, but you get a good look at the progress nonetheless.
Looking down into Wrigley Field. pic.twitter.com/83w3NoKrXJ
— Wrigley Aerials (@WrigleyAerials) March 6, 2018
Wrigley today – Renovations under wraps! pic.twitter.com/T2agHZjNt9
— Wrigley Aerials (@WrigleyAerials) March 4, 2018
It’s not just the inside that’s being overhauled, either, as you can see from this next shot. The Cubs are upgrading concessions and electrical capacity among other more mundane changes, and I’m guessing some of this exterior covering is there to keep workers warm.
An exceedingly rare view for me today: Wrigley from the ground. More aerials soon! pic.twitter.com/I9tRUR90Zj
— Wrigley Aerials (@WrigleyAerials) March 3, 2018
I keep repeating this each time I post these updates, but I continue to be amazed that they can get these massive projects buttoned up in time for the regular season. Okay, I guess there was the fiasco on Opening Day in 2015 that left people using their empty beer cups as port-a-potties. For the most part, though, it’s all gone pretty smoothly.
Opening the season with 10 straight road games affords a little extra leeway as well. Still, I can’t help but be at least a little worried that a freak blizzard could really hose things up. But that won’t happen, right?