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Wrigley Field Construction Update: December 3

The bleacher gate is now under wraps.

BCB's Mike Bojanowski visited Wrigley Field Thursday afternoon and filed this report:

More and more of the work is now going under wraps. The most dramatic action is still around the main gate area. All the horizontal steel crossbeams (which formed the roof of the main entrance and ticket windows, and the floors of the Clark Street offices) are now gone, most were taken down during this day. The distance that must be maintained, and the detritus between, makes this difficult to photograph.The lattice steel along the lower bowl roof is being systematically scaffolded and refurbished, as a small portion has been already. The bleacher entrance is now completely shrouded, an educated guess is that the 1937 concrete remaining in the upper ramps and center-field concourse is about to be replaced.

Here are a few of my thoughts on this photoset. You can see on the front of the groundskeeper's cottage (photo 6) that some paint appears to have been removed on some of the bricks above the windows. I believe in the end, all the paint will be removed to restore the original brick look, which will make this building fit in quite well with its surroundings.

You see here some photos of the preparation for Thursday night's Cubs tree-lighting ceremony. At 1 p.m. CT we'll have a photoset from the ceremony itself posting here.