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Wrigley Field Construction Update: April 26

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If you were wondering where the temporary batting cage under the right-field bleachers was going to go while they put the concrete in there, we have an answer for you.

BCB's David Sameshima has a Sunday report from Wrigley Field:

I arrived rather late, just after 3:30 p.m. Hard to say how much work was being done, since workers might have already left by the time I arrived. I did see work still in progress along the exterior bleacher wall on the Waveland Avenue side. What I was surprised about is that the layer of concrete blocks was going higher than I imagined. I thought they were just going to form the base layer, with red bricks above them. We'll have to wait and see.What did surprise me is the relocation of the temporary batting cage tent. It appears that they are setting it up along Sheffield Avenue outside of Gate A. I mistook this on Friday as a special events tent, for the Race To Wrigley 5K/10K run. This location is where the visiting team bus normally parks. I imagine the bus will have to park on Sheffield Avenue near Gate A.I knew the batting cage tent would have to be moved, as they are now preparing the right field bleachers for concrete pouring. The area underneath the right field stands needed to be cleared to set up bracing.The area on Sheffield outside Gate A has already been quite busy, as it is also the temporary employee entrance, trash pickup point and EMT access area. Now the visiting team bus will no longer have room to pull up on the sidewalk out of the way. These are the issues that management must deal with when conducting such a major construction project.

In addition to David's notes on the temporary batting cage move and other logistical issues, please note the area under the Ernie Banks banners shown in photos 26, 27 and 29. I believe this is the location of the west entry that's going to be built off the plaza. However, since the plaza area will be a closed-off work site all summer, I don't believe this entrance will be available to the public until next season, at the earliest.