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Cubs Will Announce Bleacher Contingency Plan At Convention

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It's 88 days till Opening Night. Will the bleachers be open?

This is what the right-field bleachers looked like on Tuesday, January 6. Will they be finished by April 5?
This is what the right-field bleachers looked like on Tuesday, January 6. Will they be finished by April 5?
David Sameshima

While construction continues even in bitter cold and snowy conditions at Wrigley Field, the Cubs are busy making contingency plans in the event they have to relocate season-ticket holders for early-season games. Bruce Levine has details:

The Cubs will have news for their fan base next week at their annual convention.

The information will be in reference to and regarding possible early season bleacher seating relocation contingency plans at Wrigley Field. This move will only be necessary for early April home games, if delays continue on the ballpark restoration.

In November, president of business operations Crane Kenney told a group of bloggers during an informal invitation-only forum about the initial, general plan. Kenney told them that if the team wasn’t finished with the bleacher renovation opening night on April 5, a short-term relocation plan may be put in place for season-ticket holders in that area.

Just because I can, I want to note that I was the one who asked Kenney the question about the bleacher plans during the blogger session in November.

That said, I want everyone to note the word "contingency" in particular. This means that the team doesn't expect to have to use the plans, but wants them in place just in case they have the worst-case scenario and the bleachers won't be finished in time.

Since this is a regular-type article and not a Gallery post with construction photos, I've added a poll on this topic to this article. Please weigh in on whether you think the bleachers will be open Sunday night, April 5 when the Cubs take on the Cardinals.

I reached out to the Cubs for further comment, but they declined any further comment on this topic until the Cubs Convention next weekend.