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Wrigley Field Construction Update: November 15

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I visited the ballpark myself for the first time in a week. Quite a bit of progress has been made.

Since David Sameshima couldn't make it to Wrigley Field for photos on Saturday, I decided to hie myself over to the old ballyard myself.

In addition to the photos, I met up with Jason Alspaugh, who's been doing the @WrigleyRenovate Twitter feed this offseason. He's a good guy and has a lot of interesting photos, some of which are of Wrigley history, not just this year's work. Give him a follow if you haven't already.

Workers are finishing up debris removal, digging of foundation holes and on the left-field side (Waveland) you can see that they've laid gravel in preparation to make the foundation for the new bleacher structure. Of course, now they're going to have to do some snow removal first after Saturday night's snowfall.

Most of the work Saturday was going on near Gate K, in the left-field corner of the main concourse (photos 21-22). Much excavation of a deep hole in that corner of the ballpark and the triangle lot seemed to be the biggest work going on.

I took another photo of the large beams that were delivered to the park a few weeks ago so you can get an idea of the scale, though it's hard to really understand how large those are unless you see them in person. And, I also walked by the groundskeeper's cottage, still set up on the large wheeled device on which it was moved, in the Blue Lot. The Cubs say they're going to be putting up fencing in the lot to secure this and other construction materials and equipment; some of those fences were up Saturday. The Cubs also noted, by email:

During the week of November 17, the City of Chicago Department of Water Management will be working at the intersections of Waveland and Sheffield avenues and Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street. Partial lane closures will occur at each intersection during this work. Concrete curb and parkway restoration on the east side of Sheffield also will be performed during the week. As part of this work, temporary fencing along the curb may be shifted on a daily basis.

I can tell you that there's a lot of the latter that needs to be done -- much of the east side of Sheffield, along the curb, is just sand at this point.

We'll have more photos during the week.