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Wrigley Field construction update: February 24

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It was very windy Sunday at the ballpark.

BCB’s David Sameshima visited Wrigley Field on Sunday and filed this report on the progress of the 1060 Project:

I did have a chance to visit Wrigley during the late afternoon. Chicago was experiencing high wind warnings, so I knew the exterior work being done Sunday would be restricted.

They must be getting closer to tearing down the former Taco Bell building. There is now fencing around the property. Unfortunately there was also extensive “tagging” now along most of the exterior.

Getting back to the ballpark, much of the exterior is now under cover. I will bring up something that I previously speculated. I believe the elevator shaft along Sheffield Avenue, in the right field corner, is to service the Audi Club. This is the club on the second level, above the Wintrust Gate/Gate D. It appears that this elevator will not access the bleachers or the grandstand.

It’s also possible that this could be a service elevator, and not for guest use. This elevator is next to the street, so it would be accessible for deliveries to the club.

It could also be for use by visiting teams to access the new visiting team clubhouse. The clubhouse is also on the second level, under the grandstand and above the concourse. This would allow visiting teams to bypass going through the concourse. This area on Sheffield Avenue is where visiting team buses park, outside the ballpark.

This is all speculation on my part. It would explain why this elevator does not appear to connect with the grandstand or the bleachers.

The home opener, Cubs vs. Pirates on April 8, is six weeks from today.