Wrigley Field upgrades in progress

On schedule for opener; Executive Club season tix featured

By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com

02/09/10 5:17 PM EST

CHICAGO — While the Cubs’ clubhouse staff was loading a truck with gear for Spring Training on Tuesday, crews continued work on various projects at Wrigley Field, knowing their deadline is fast approaching.

In 2010, fans will be able to watch new hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo work with players in the batting cage under the right-field bleachers through a one-way glass. Rest rooms on the concourse level are being renovated in an attempt to create more space and eliminate the lines.

Concrete that had been around the stairwell at the ballpark near the corner of Clark and Sheffield has been removed.

All of the projects will be completed — and the debris cleared — in time for the home opener April 12 against Milwaukee.

Fans also have the option of purchasing season tickets for what is now being called the new Executive Club at Wrigley Field, to be located along the left-field line. Six suites are being combined to create the club and the $24,300 season ticket will include food and beverages as well as a guaranteed seat.

There is room for 71 season-ticket holders in the club, said marketing director Wally Hayward. The club season ticket will include all 81 home games plus postseason games and other events, such as concerts. They are available in packages of two, four or six, and on sale now.

Hayward said he’s talking to current sponsors as well as potential new partners about advertising on the back of the left-field bleachers. The Cubs also are looking at selling sponsorship of the on-deck circle.

Wrigley Field has hosted an NHL game and concerts and could be the site this November of a Big Ten football game between Illinois and Northwestern.

“It’d be fun to incorporate other events into this great ballpark and atmosphere around Wrigleyville, and bring a great experience for the city of Chicago and the neighborhood and community,” Hayward said.

from: cubs.com



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