$13.5M bleacher expansion on target for opening day
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
A $13.5 million bleacher expansion project at Wrigley
Field is on schedule to be completed by opening day
and will add about 1,800 seats to the second oldest
ballpark in the major leagues.
will give the Chicago
Cubs' home a seating capacity of just more than
41,000, said Mark McGuire, the team's vice president
of business operations. McGuire said the look of the
neighborhood park, surrounded by restaurants and bars,
would not change drastically.
"We have high
confidence it will be really well received," he said
Fenway Park, opened in 1912, is older than Wrigley,
which was built in 1914.
Most of the
new seats will be near the foul poles. And the top of
the bleacher section will be more elevated.
Of the 1,800
new seats, about 250 along the right-field foul pole
will be designated as bleacher boxes with seat backs
and will cost $60 per game. The highest price for a
regular bleacher seat will be $40.
crews are putting up a new exterior wall, trying to
use as much brick as possible from an original one that
was knocked down. There still will be ivy on the inside
wall, and the Cubs hope to grow it on the outer wall,
area will include a walkway from foul pole to foul pole.
There will be a chain-link fence near the right field
pole that will allow those outside the park to see the
field, although McGuire said it probably would be covered
by a screen on game days.
The area beyond
center field also will be transformed. Instead of a
forest of juniper bushes, where many home runs disappear,
there will be three rows of bushes and a lounge with
a capacity of 75-100. The new bleachers could obstruct
the view of rooftop seats that surround the park.
The Associated Press News Service
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