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Wrigley Field Construction Retrospective: November 2005, Part 1

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We continue our look back at the demolition and construction project from nine years ago.

These photos should look quite familiar to you, yet they aren't -- they're nine years old, from the bleacher reconstruction project that took place in the 2005-06 offseason. Just as they have been doing this fall, demolition crews hired by the Cubs systematically knocked down the original bleachers, leaving the structure in center field alone while demolishing and rebuilding the left-field and right-field sides.

You can also see that the scale of the project was much smaller than the current job. In the 2005-06 rebuilding, the exterior walls were rebuilt essentially in the same location where they were; the expanded seating was cantilevered out over the sidewalks on both sides, something you're surely familiar with seeing if you've walked down Waveland or Sheffield since 2006. That won't be the case with the current project.

These photos were taken by David Sameshima and me between November 7 and November 13, 2005. As you can see, by mid-November 2005 they had begun to construct the foundation of the new bleachers. I'll be continuing this occasional series this winter as we also chronicle the current project; I thought it would be interesting to compare the two jobs.