The Cubs have been talking about a major overhaul of Wrigley Field at Cubs Convention today, and various sources in attendance have been sharing some of the details. Cubs fans have long speculated on what the Cubs would do with the beloved yet decrepit stadium, and now they have a better idea of what is going to happen. Carrie Muskat, Bruce Miles, Paul Sullivan, Bleacher Nation and others have been keeping their Twitter followers abreast of the planned upgrades, and here are some of their tweets:
- @BruceMiles2112: Batting cages, bigger dugouts and clubhouse as well as new bi-level press box at Wrigley. Hey-hey! #Cubs
- @PWSullivan: Wooden roof to be removed, new grandstand roof. All seats in bowl removed and replaced. Undergroud batting cages.
- @CarrieMuskat: Applause at increasing restrooms 42 percent at Wrigley. #Cubs
- @CubsTalkCSN: Cubs took tours of Fenway, Lambeau and Rose Bowl to learn from recent updates to each stadium.
- @BruceMiles2112: #Cubs will NOT play elsewhere while work is done.
- Bleacher Nation: Dramatically increased player facilities, restrooms, concessions, communications, and an outdoor patio servicing upper deck. #CubsCon
Bleacher Nation also shared the following interesting photo: pic.twitter.com/c7ZZCzFL
Along with the changes to the basic infrastructure, the team also wants to enhance the overall fan experience by adding a couple new restaurants (one on the third-base side of the building and one under the scoreboard) and an interactive kids area in the triangle. There are also plans to add a fan deck in left field to compliment the patio in right.
One major omission that people have oft longed for the Cubs to add is more parking. That is an addition that would greatly enhance my fan experience, but at any rate, these changes sound like they will make a day at Wrigley that much better without sacrificing too much of the traditional baseball feel that many fans love so much. The renovation is supposed to start after the 2013 season and will last about five years. Oh yeah, and the Ricketts family is paying for it.
a link to conceptual photos: http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/photos/gallery.jsp?content_id=41042372&c_id=chc