BCB’s David Sameshima was also at Wrigley Field Saturday afternoon, and it appears he and Sara Sanchez missed each other by an hour or so. Here’s David’s report:
It was 3:45 p.m. when I arrived at Wrigley. A light snow had just begun, and the temperature went up to 16 degrees/wind chill 6 degrees. It was 14 degrees/wind chill 4 degrees, when I left the house.
The key point I will bring up is that it does appear that elevator shafts are being built in the right and left field corners. I can’t confirm this, but that’s what it looks like to me.
It also looks like they could be building the club entrance, on Addison Street. It is located approximately where the Audi/United Club entrance was located.
When I arrived on the Waveland Avenue side, a construction crane was maneuvering to back out of the worksite. The driver had to back in and out a few times, in order to back onto Waveland Avenue. It really is a tight squeeze for these workers to maneuver equipment around the ballpark.
Again, I will concur with David (and Sara) that the structures in the left-field and right-field corners do indeed look like elevator shafts. The Cubs had promised as many as 10 elevators in the ballpark when the project was first laid out, and these will be a great help to those who cannot manage going up and down stairs.
My thanks to both David and Sara for all the photos on a very cold afternoon!
Also, here’s another video of some of the left field work, via @the1stMikeC on Twitter.
The home opener, Cubs vs. Pirates on April 8, is 10 weeks from tomorrow (71 days from today).