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Wrigley Field construction update: February 1

The press box is being renovated.

You’ve missed these, haven’t you?

The 1060 Project, the five-year project to restore and renovate Wrigley Field, is mostly complete. Beyond some “punch list” items, the only real work left is the renovation of the press box and the completion of one last club space at the right-field corner of the ballpark near the corner of Addison & Sheffield. The existing press box was constructed in 1989 and badly needed updating.

These photos, taken Saturday, February 1, detail the press box work — that is, as much as can be seen from the street. The expansion of the bleachers makes the press box not very visible from Waveland Avenue. About all that can be seen from the street (photos 10, 11 and 12) is that the press box is covered up. That’s more cover than was shown in this photo taken January 22 from by Curt Waltz, who runs the @WrigleyAerials Twitter account, though you can also see some scaffolding set up beneath the press box.

From the other side of the park, near the main entrance at Clark & Addison, you can see large scaffolding has been set up. Earlier last week a lot of debris was seen coming down this structure into a dumpster at its base.

The Cubs’ home opener at Wrigley Field, which will be against the Pirates for the third straight year, is eight weeks from tomorrow, Monday, March 30. I have no doubt this mostly-interior work will be finished by then.