SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — It’s been a couple of weeks since the last update here, and I have lots of photos to show you.
The set at the top of this post was taken by David Sameshima on Saturday, March 3. Here’s the report he filed on those photos:
It was bright and sunny during my visit on 3/03/2018. This was actually a problem for me, since I could not see certain things because I was looking into the sun. I blindly took photos at Gate K and the Sheffield Grill/Decade Diner. I did not see what I was looking at until I got home to view the images.
I took a good look at the new Z signage on the Addison Street side of Hotel Zachary. The new signage is up at the main entrance. There was one person at the ticket window, during my visit. Hiring notices were up in front of the new McDonalds. A good sign for Hotel Zachary is that they were beginning to clean the exterior just as I was leaving.
The opening date for the Hotel Zachary is still scheduled on or about Opening Day, which is five weeks from today.
Mike Bojanowski was also at Wrigley on Saturday, and took this photoset:
- Installation of the Wheelhouse entry. The lot to the south, supposed to be the expansion of the current structure, remains undeveloped Mike Bojanowski
- A closer look Mike Bojanowski
- The Addison & Clark project, looking north along Clark Mike Bojanowski
- The Addison & Clark project, from Clark. Much has been made of the longer construction time compared to the Zachary, but this shot shows just how much larger the A&C is. Mike Bojanowski
- The Addison & Clark project, viewed from Sheffield Mike Bojanowski
- Wrigley, left field corner. The steel is being refurbished. The lower deck is 1914 steel, moved to its present location in 1923 Mike Bojanowski
- Another look at the left field corner Mike Bojanowski
- A look at one of the new Gate K/J buildings. They now both have complete roofs Mike Bojanowski
- Bleacher ticket windows Mike Bojanowski
- Harry is free at last Mike Bojanowski
- The melted and soon-to-be-dismantled ice rink Mike Bojanowski
- The right field corner, a peek at the field Mike Bojanowski
- Another look, this is about where the Decade Diner was Mike Bojanowski
- The steel is being refurbished here, as it is in left field. This is also 1914 steel in the lower deck, but in its original position Mike Bojanowski
- Gate D. Ron Santo will soon be back in place. This figures to be the last year for both Billy and Ron in this corner, as a new building is scheduled to rise here next offseason Mike Bojanowski
- A look west on Addison, behind the barricades Mike Bojanowski
- The Addison Street facade is still heavily shrouded Mike Bojanowski
- An overview of the marquee Mike Bojanowski
- The ramp facings to each side of the marquee had to be rebuilt, the one further south is almost complete Mike Bojanowski
- The facing to the north is still only steel, the first beams were laid two weeks ago Mike Bojanowski
- Another look at the north facing Mike Bojanowski
- The Addison Street facade of the Hotel Zachary. As with the Paterson facade at its opposite end, it rates only the “Z” Mike Bojanowski
- The brickwork is being washed, final preparations are indeed underway Mike Bojanowski
- The new streetscape, looking north along Clark Mike Bojanowski
- The new main entrance, free and clear Mike Bojanowski
- I missed it, yeah Mike Bojanowski
- The opportunity of 108 lifetimes Mike Bojanowski
- The main entrance Mike Bojanowski
- The portals to paradise Mike Bojanowski
- Emblems to the left, not sure about the lower one Mike Bojanowski
- Emblems to the right. Address is also Stan Musial’s lifetime hit total Mike Bojanowski
- I guess when the floors are finished we get to go in Mike Bojanowski
- Only St. Patrick’s Day would displace the Yu Darvish display at the Cubs Store Mike Bojanowski
Here are Mike’s comments on Saturday’s activity around the ballpark.
These were taken Saturday afternoon, March 3, a sunny, almost springlike day. Construction activity was busy as usual.
The biggest changes concern the Hotel Zachary. Almost all the shrouds and barriers are down, the west side of Clark Street is now open to pedestrian traffic. The Zachary is now almost ready for its closeups.
The Wheelhouse Hotel, at Clark and Cornelia, is apparently about to open without the expansion to the south, the entry marquee was being installed this day.
Wrigley itself is nearing completion of this offseason’s work. The ice rink is about to be dismantled. Some of the sidewalk barriers are down, the ticket office at Waveland & Sheffield is in operation. The next two weeks should see most of the results visible, as the field will need to be cleared to give the groundcrew their start.
Many thanks for all attention.
David also sent me a small set of photos taken Saturday, February 24, along with the following comments:
It was raining during the visit on February 24. I did see that signage had gone up for the new McDonald’s location in the Hotel Zachary. Some of the construction fences were removed,to allow access to the bleacher ticket windows in preparation for the ticket windows opening on February 26. The main entrance to Hotel Zachary was uncovered. I didn’t notice this until I got home, but a large Z sign was now on the Addison Street side of Hotel Zachary. I took one last photo of the ice rink, as it was closing the next day.
Here are the February 24 photos:
- Lights and curtains visible inside Hotel Zachary rooms David Sameshima
- Clark Street side of Hotel Zachary David Sameshima
- Signage for the McDonalds in Hotel Zachary, on Clark Street David Sameshima
- New Hotel Zachary main entrance completed, on Clark Street David Sameshima
- New McDonalds located midway between Addison Street and the main hotel entrance David Sameshima
- The complete main entrance to Hotel Zachary, on Clark Street David Sameshima
- The second to last day for the skating rink David Sameshima
- A portion of the construction fence removed along Waveland Avenue, to allow access to the bleacher ticket windows David Sameshima
- Construction fence removed from the bleacher ticket windows, on Waveland Avenue David Sameshima
- Construction fence still up along Sheffield Avenue David Sameshima
- Scaffolding in the right field grandstand David Sameshima
And, here’s what the ballpark looked like from the air on Saturday, March 3:
Wrigley today - Renovations under wraps! pic.twitter.com/T2agHZjNt9— Wrigley Aerials (@WrigleyAerials) March 4, 2018