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Wrigley Field Construction Update: May 16

The groundskeeper's cottage and the plaza is where the work continues.

The work on the bleachers and main entrance basically finished for this year, the work at Wrigley Field is concentrated on the plaza area.

The workers had departed for the day Monday when I was at the ballpark around 3:30 p.m. I've arranged these photos thematically to show you were most of the work is going on.

The first four photos are of the plaza building. It won't be open during 2016; the Cubs will move their offices there from the current location on Clark north of Waveland in time for the 2017 season.

Decades worth of layers of paint have been sandblasted off the groundskeeper's cottage (photos 5, 6 and 7). It looks really nice, and will look even better when fully restored. There's still no official word on what's going in there.

Photo 8 is a look into the ground floor of the plaza building. Photos 9 and 10 are of the new west entrance to the ballpark. Once this is open, getting into and out of Wrigley Field will be far easier.

And, I added two random photos: photo 11 is of the large boxes in the media lot on Waveland. This is where TV trucks plug in, in order to get their signals from the cameras and press box inside Wrigley.

Finally, a look at the sprinklers at work through the right-field corner gate. I'll have photo updates here occasionally during the season. It's possible that the plaza might be open by the end of the 2016 season. I'll keep you posted on that.