Hey! Wrigley's New Bleachers Ready
a.m. CDT April 7, 2006
- When the Cubs take on the Cardinals in their home opener Friday afternoon, new
players won't be the only addition to the Friendly Confines.
Cubs open their home season with a brand new section of bleachers, named the "Bud
Light Bleachers." There will be 1,800 additional seats for the famous "Bleacher
Fans said the Cubs hit
this project out of the park.
come past here every day going to work," said one man. "I saw it from
when they started and now I see the finished product, and it's nice."
project cost $13.5 million, NBC5's Amy Jacobson reported.
the short term, there's revenue, obviously," said Mark McGuire, vice president
of operations for the Chicago Cubs. "But long term, we're creating more Cubs
Crews were still putting
up televisions and security cameras, but officials said everything would be ready
to go on Friday.
The cement, which
is currently white, will be painted hunter green to match the old bleachers. There
are 100 spots for wheelchairs, as well as an elevator.
truth was the old bleachers were really not a very good situation for someone
in a wheelchair," McGuire said. "When you build something in the 1930s,
it wasn't built to accommodate wheelchairs."
the park, there are brick pavers, an overhang and a spot where fans can see a
glimpse of the game from the sidewalk. Eventually, ivy will grow on the new outside
walls, but that will take between three and five years.
very, very aggressive, and it's hard to kill once it starts to grow," said
Peter Lindsay Schaudt, a landscape architect. "So, it was important to use
an ivy that takes in urban conditions, like most weeds."
change to the 92-year-old stadium will be a new place called the "Batter's
Eye," which will be a restaurant. The Batter's Eye will replace the old evergreen
"We looked out at the
bushes and said, 'We can do better than that,'" McGuire said. "When
you're in Wrigley Field, every cubic inch is important to you, and we try to make
it all work."