Bring on the bums, tourists and bachelor parties, because the Wrigley Field bleachers are finally coming back.
In a Tuesday news release, the Chicago Cubs confirmed two sections of the Wrigley Field bleachers will open for business May 11, with the other opening a month later.
The bleachers, the first phase of an estimated $375 million, five-year renovation of Wrigley Field, were initially scheduled to open in time for the season, but the Cubs formally announced the delays at January’s Cubs Convention.
The Cubs also announced that the right-field bleachers will be ready by June 11.
Aside from the centerfield seating section, the rest of the bleacher structure was totally rebuilt and will contain additional concession space, kitchens and more room to mill around during the game. Eventually the bullpens will be located underneath the bleachers.
The Cubs added party sections in left and right field, along with the return of the Budweiser Patio, which was already in right field before the renovations. A new concession area called “Platform 14” located behind the old scoreboard will open in early July.
They are also adding a “designated standing room” section in the first two rows left field, which will be sold in group packages.
“There’s no experience quite like sitting in the Budweiser Bleachers for a Cubs game,” Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney is quoted as saying in the release. “With new group spaces, wider concourses and expanded concession service, we are excited to open the Budweiser Bleachers for our next homestand and celebrate the relaunch of one of the most popular seats in sports with our legacy partner, Anheuser-Busch.”