The long-awaited renovation and expansion of Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs, began with underground preparation work on August 27. The $575 million project, which is expected to last four years, will focus on extensive renovation of the stadium and surroundings. (Image source: Chicago Cubs)
The Chicago Department of Water Management, Peoples Gas and Commonwealth Edison have already started excavating, repairing and installing new lines underground.
To facilitate water and sewer infrastructure work, the east side of Sheffield Avenue near the stadium was closed for several days last week and will remain closed each day from 8 a.m. to two hours before the start of any Wrigley Field event.
The massive project includes installation of raised bleachers, several outfield signs and an expanded underground players’ clubhouse, reports Dnainfo.com. Plans also include “bunker suites” below the stands near the Cubs dugout and down the third baseline, as well as an upper-level concourse just below the roof line which will serve as a conduit between patios.