Wrigley Field’s major renovations on schedule, team says

If you have driven by or flown over Wrigley Field lately, you know more major renovations are under way.

The most noticeable difference this season will be the relocating and widening of the dugouts, which will be moved from 15 to 30 feet down the left and right field lines and should provide more air circulation and better sight lines for the players.

This week, a Cubs official confirmed that the work is on schedule, despite the cold weather. The Cubs are expected to reveal more details at the Cubs Convention, which starts Friday.

Much of the excavation on the first and third base sides is designed for the Makers Mark Barrel Room and the W Club and is scheduled to open in 2019. Construction on the Catalina Club, located in the upper level behind home plate, also is targeted for 2019.

The American Airlines 1914 Club remains on schedule to be open for the Cubs’ April 9 home opener against the Pirates.

Offseason work also includes expansion of concession areas, although those won’t be completed until 2019, said Julian Green, the Cubs’ vice president of communications.

This latest construction phase, which includes structural improvements and seat replacements, started Oct. 20, one day after the the Dodgers eliminated the Cubs in the National League Championship Series.

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