When BCB's David Sameshima visited Wrigley Field Tuesday afternoon, he found preparations getting very close to being ready to reopen Sheffield before the homestand begins Friday:
I arrived late in the day, but still saw a lot of activity taking place on Sheffield Avenue. It appears that they are planning to reopen Sheffield this Friday, in time for the Cubs next home game. There was a steady stream of concrete trucks making deliveries, while I was there. I stayed around until 7:30 p.m., and that's when the work crews started leaving.The sidewalks have been finished along Sheffield. I heard that this sidewalk is only temporary. The concrete will later be replaced with bricks, like the previous sidewalk.In the group of photos that were posted on Sunday, you saw that they installed a street "bump out" on Sheffield. This was at the northwest corner of the intersection. In today's photos, you will see that they have installed another of these street "bump outs" on Waveland Avenue at the southeast corner. These do reduce the size of the turning radius at this intersection. This may make it more difficult for coach buses, and beer delivery trucks, to make turns here. You often see those long beer trucks in the area, to service the numerous bars in the area, in addition to delivering to Wrigley Field.There was a corporate event taking place inside the ballpark. They were displaying numerous hardware and paint stores, on the marquee in front of the ballpark. Some of the light bulbs on the electronic display were not working, so the company names were not being properly displayed. I saw them recently working on this display, a few weeks ago. There must be a problem maintaining this display board. Hopefully, this will be addressed in the upcoming renovation phases.
David is visiting Wrigley again today so we'll have more photos here tomorrow.