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Wrigley Field Construction Update: April 19

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Preliminary work for the left-field exterior wall has begun.

The Cubs finished a homestand Sunday and so this is the last time for a while where there will be construction work on a game day. BCB's David Sameshima filed this report.

I wanted to visit early, with storms expected in the afternoon. I arrived at 11:00 a.m. I went to right field first. There wasn't much to see there, but it was noisy. I could hear workers up in the right field bleachers, moving stuff around.When I made it over to left field, there was a lot of banging taking place. It took me a few minutes to find a gap in the fence to figure out what the banging was all about. They were starting to remove the wood boards that were used as forms when the concrete was poured. I can imagine the confusion in the park, hearing this racket but not seeing anything from inside the ballpark. Another thing I was able to photograph was concrete blocks going up on Waveland Avenue near the main bleacher gate. These are forming the exterior wall of the bleachers. It won't be long until the exterior brick wall will be going up.They also almost completed installing the fence along the back of the left field bleacher patio. They only stopped because of the temporary location of the video board, in the far left field corner.My other photos are of the activity around the ballpark before the game. Since I go to so many games, I am aware of what takes place around the ballpark. I hope you have been enjoying seeing these scenes from the street. This was also been interesting to me, as they had to make changes, to accommodate the ongoing construction.

David will make another visit Monday, as the Cubs are now on the road for a week there should be considerable activity. Once again, I don't see any reason they won't open the left- and center-field bleachers May 11 as the Cubs announced earlier this year.