Last offseason, the Cubs announced the “American Airlines 1914 Club,” to be located behind home plate. The team removed a lot of seats between the bases over the winter so they could dig out an area where this club will be located starting in 2018. All the seats, of course, were replaced before this season started.
Wednesday, the team announced three more clubs that will be open starting in 2019.
The club in the rendering at the top of this post is the “Catalina Club,” to be located in the upper deck behind home plate. Here’s what the team says about that one:
With picture-perfect views, the Catalina Club, located behind home plate in the upper level, boasts a panoramic view of Wrigley Field, shots of the Chicago skyline and a glimpse of Lake Michigan. Inspired by one of the Cubs' early spring training homes, members of this club will enjoy indoor and outdoor patios and unique culinary experiences. Retractable glass walls allow you to take in the sights, sounds and summer breeze in this next-level club.
Another club, the “Maker’s Mark Barrel Room,” will be located just beyond the visitors’ dugout and will look like this:
There won’t be views of the field from this club, but the team says:
From the first pitch to the final out, catch all the action on the first-base side. Located just beyond the visitors' dugout, these seats are perfectly positioned to capture Rizzo's next great tarp grab.
Classically cool, the Maker's Mark Barrel Room, located just beyond the visitors' dugout, perfectly captures the allure of old-school Chicago. As Wrigley Field's original speakeasy, members of this intimate club will enjoy incomparable artisan menus, mixologist-crafted cocktails and liquor lockers to store their private stash. This underground gem provides an exclusive view of the visitors' batting tunnel.
Lastly, there will be the “W Club,” located on the third-base side near the Cubs’ dugout:
Seats connected with the “W Club” will have a similar view to the “Makers Mark Barrel Room,” only on the third-base side, and also:
Tried and true, The W Club, located on the third-base side, celebrates the unique tradition of Wrigley Field and remarkable talent of Cubs greats. Members will enjoy home field advantage with an exclusive view of the Cubs' batting tunnel and one-of-a-kind memorabilia on display. Grab a craft beer and catch all the action on multiple big screens as you cheer your champions to victory.
There’s more information on these clubs here, and in addition, to make room for these clubs both dugouts will be moved further down the line, about “one section’s worth,” according to the Cubs. The dugouts will also be enlarged, and that will certainly please 6-foot-5 Kris Bryant:
"It's really small," he said of the Cubs dugout. "You're hitting your head on everything. After you make an out, a frustrating at bat, you don't really want to come and hit your head."
Renovations and expansions to Wrigley Field are supposed to be complete for the start of the 2020 season, although if the Cubs have long postseason runs over the next couple of years, that reduces the offseason construction season, as it did this past offseason. I’m pretty sure you’d be OK with that.
You can get more information on all the newly-planned Cubs cubs at cubspremier.com.
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