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Wrigley Field construction update: October 16

A busy morning at the ballpark.

It’s been just two weeks since the Cubs’ early exit from the postseason, but much work has begun in and around Wrigley Field.

Since our last update over the weekend, a large crane has been put in place in the left-field corner (photos 4 and 10), and demolition has proceeded quickly on the area where the new entryway is going to be built on the corner of Addison & Sheffield, as well as the area where the visitors clubhouse used to be. The last of the 1950s-era concrete panels are being removed, and that will make the exterior of the ballpark much more attractive. Here’s a short video I shot Tuesday morning of some of the demolition:

Keep in mind that this is the earliest the Cubs have been able to begin construction since the first year of the project in the 2014-15 offseason, when they began immediately after the last home game on September 24. The early beginning to construction season means it’s quite likely they’ll have no problems finishing up by the home opener April 8, 2019. Of course, I’m sure the Cubs would have rather delayed construction by, oh, four weeks or so.

We’ll have another update here later this week.