As the Cubs prepare for the start of this year’s playoffs, fans should prepare for the end of one of Wrigley Field’s oddest quirks.
This is the last year for the outdoor bullpens along the foul lines in left and right fields. The bullpens are slated to be moved under the bleachers before next season as part of the Cubs’ multiyear 1060 Project to renovate the ballpark.
The change will allow the team to build four news rows of premium seats — and get relief pitchers from both team out of the elements.
It will also mean the end of one of the 102-year-old stadium’s most endearing features: the intimate connection between fans and players sitting only feet away from each other in the bullpens.