BCB's David Sameshima made a different kind of visit to Wrigley Field Tuesday -- attending the game! Here's his report.
It took me a while to edit these photos down. I took hundreds of photos in the first hour after the gates opened. Hopefully this group of photos will address the questions that many of you have on what the bleachers now look like. Also included are photos of the triangle lot, viewed from the ballpark.A lot to take in with today's photos, so I will only make a few comments. I was surprised that the workers were stowing away the protective netting over the right field bleachers. They weren't obstructing anything so they could have been left in place. Maybe they wanted to have it out of way for when they resume work in the morning.I was also surprised to see something that looked like a trash dumpster rolled out under the left field video board. I thought the grounds crew was picking up trash in the bleachers. They were actually using the dumpster to store the net when it was lowered.
It will be interesting to see how far they get installing the footings for the bleacher benches today; I will tweet photos of the left-field bleachers when I enter the ballpark a little after 5 p.m. I'd assume that work could go quite quickly and all the benches could be installed by the end of the week, or early next week.
You might wonder what the "pit" seen in photos 30-32 at the foot of the left-field corner of the bleachers (right above the "ribbon" video board) is. I've been told this is a standing-room area for people who like to stand to watch the game. I've heard conflicting reports on whether this will require a separate ticket or not. Doesn't look like it'll hold more than 40 or 50 people at most.