BCB's David Sameshima visited Wrigley Field on a brilliantly sunny, but cold, afternoon Monday and filed this report.
I arrived just before 2:00 p.m. It was quite active around the work site. There was a lot of equipment accessing the various work gates, so equipment was moving around outside the ballpark before the game. Anyone there early had to stay out of the way.Fans were there early to get autographs. They were already lined up where the visiting team bus pulls up and where the Cubs players park, quite some time before any players arrived.Scaffolding and bracing was being installed under the right field bleachers, and they also started bringing in the concrete forms. Some concrete was being poured on the left field side. They were continuing to work on the exterior bleacher wall near the main bleacher gate.
A couple of other notes from me. You'll see in photos 29 and 33 that some protective netting has been set up across the entire length of the right-field bleachers. This is likely being done so that work can continue during batting practice.
Also, there was a question raised yesterday about the exact location of the west entrance that's being constructed so that fans can enter and exit through the plaza. You can see where this entrance will be located in photo 46 -- right under the Ernie Banks banners. I know this because I took this photo myself from inside the park Monday night (you can see the bottom of the banners there):
Directly behind this location, inside the park, is a sign that says that this is where the west entrance will be located.
We'll have more photos here tomorrow.