Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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The Cubs have taken on a massive updating/restoration of historic Wrigley Field. Step one of this project involved a near complete rebuild of the outfield bleachers. They’ve been working on this project all winter long…which in Chicago can be a just a little bit tricky.
At the annual Cubs Convention this past Saturday (an event I will attend at least once before I die), it was announced that the bleachers will not be ready for the Cubs home opener. In fact, they won’t be ready until at least May.
According to Cubs.com, the left-field bleachers are projected to be ready in early May, while the right-field bleachers should open in late May. Yeah…who saw this one coming?
Now I’m not going to sit here and act like the Cubs brass is lacking in intelligence because they decided to keep playing games at Wrigley Field while construction is in progress. I just find it funny that anyone is surprised by construction delays at all. Even in the best of weather conditions, conditions in which they chose not to do the work in order to keep baseball at Wrigley, projects of this magnitude get delayed. It happens. Sorry bleacher bums, but you’ll have to drink your beer elsewhere for the first few weeks of the season.
The Cubs are at least handling this delay reasonably well. They’ve offered fans that hold season tickets in the bleachers several options to make up for the delay. They can receive a full refund for the games that will be affected by the delay, have a credit put on their account that they can use to purchase single game tickets in other seats, or they can upgrade their ticket packages to new seats for the whole season…while paying the difference if they choose more expensive seats of course.
The bright side in all of this is that the bleachers will not be missing for the entire season. Provided no major issues come up, the park should begin looking like itself again by the end of May (with those new-fangled video boards of course) and all will be right with the world. Let’s just hope that the team doesn’t have any more delays to their improvement on the field as well.
Go Cubs Go!