BCB's David Sameshima visited Wrigley Field Friday evening and filed this report.
I stopped by the ballpark on my way home from work. I saw that the field lights were on, so I stopped by to take a look. Nothing appeared to be going on, in the ballpark. The only spot where one can peek into the ballpark is at the Associates Gate, in the right field corner. I could not see any activity on the field.
As I walked around the ballpark, I ran into one of the ballhawks. He had heard that the Dodgers might be arriving for an evening workout. They didn't arrive while I was there. FOX Sports was there, and had their massive stage lights turned on again. While walking around, I noticed that drivers traveling eastbound on Waveland Avenue, could be blinded by the stage lights directed at the bleacher gate. It might have also affected motorists heading north on Sheffield Avenue.
When I walked around to the ticket windows, I noticed the barricades for the windows piled up on the sidewalk. A Cubs security person was making the rounds, walking around the park, and told me that CPD was not allowing people to line up outside the ballpark. He pointed across the street, and I saw that the line had formed there. Hard to tell how many were in line, since many were seated in folding chairs behind the concrete construction barricades on that side of the street. I was there at 6:45 p.m., and my guess is there were 50-100 in line.
The ballpark's ready. I'm ready. Are you ready?