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Wrigley Field construction update: March 17

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The ballpark is beginning to look ready for Opening Day.

BCB’s David Sameshima visited Wrigley Field Sunday and sent me the 66 photos you see above.

There’s been quite a bit of progress on the 1060 Project. You can see in the area near the former Gate D/Wintrust Gate that the terra cotta look that surrounded Wrigley in the 1930s has been restored. I think it looks great. Incidentally, the gate designation I mention above is going to change. By Opening Day all gates at Wrigley will be numbered instead of lettered. That’s also the way things were in the 1930s. You can see that best in this image from the 1935 World Series:

When the bleachers re-opened in 2015 after reconstruction, that gate was numbered “Gate 10.” Presumably, the other gates will follow a similar pattern to what you see above in order to get to “Gate 10” in numerical order.

Speaking of gates, you can also see the near-completion of the Waveland Avenue gate, rebuilt over the winter, in photos 51-53. That’s a similar look to what they had over the last couple of years, only closer to the street.

Other items of note in this gallery:

  • Photo 1 is for those of you who miss Taco Bell on Addison.
  • You can see a few of the leftover signs in the neighborhood from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
  • There’s ongoing work on the Addison Red Line stop which is supposed to be done before the Cubs home opener.
  • The progress of the upper-deck patios is becoming more evident.

The home opener at Wrigley Field, Cubs vs. Pirates on April 8, is now just three weeks from today.