Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Change is Coming to Wrigley Field

When the Cubs added the Toyota sign above the left field bleachers a few seasons ago, some fans acted as if someone painted a mustache on the Mona Lisa. Back in the late-80s, some fans cried that lights should never been installed at Wrigley Field. At the Cubs Convention today, management announced that a new patio deck will be added in the right field bleachers. Along with the new patio deck, a 75-foot LED board will be installed above the ivy-covered outfield wall. While only a simple drawing was made public, I am sure this will ignite debate between the purists and those who want a World Series winner on the north side. If you don't already know, I am in the latter.

Let the debate begin.



Image Courtesy of: Chicago Tribune


8 Comments
nheinzel
I'm not trying to be a spoilsport, but it doesn't look handicapped accessible. Isn't that illegal? Maybe there's an elevator I can't see.
!   Saturday, January 14, 2012
billpearch
That's a great question. I'll assume that it must be ADA-accessible, but that doesn't really come across in this rendering. As far as I can tell, this is the only image available. We'll see.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, January 15, 2012
billpearch
I thought about the ADA issues over breakfast. Behind the scoreboard, the main entrance to the bleachers features a series of ramps. That will allow people access to the top level of the bleachers. That must lead directly to the top level of the patio deck.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, January 15, 2012
nheinzel
I think you must be right. They wouldn't be allowed to build anything today that wasn't ADA-accessible. My brother-in-law is handicapped and we have traveled extensively with him and his wife, so I am acutely aware of these issues!
!   Sunday, January 15, 2012
RickMonday
I think it is a great idea. The Cubs are really trying to make the Wrigley experience better this year and I applaud them for that. Although they have many sell out games due to season ticket holders, actual attendance was way down last year. I only went to 2 games and usually hit between 10-15. I know many people in the same situation. I must admit that although my expectations are low, I am looking forward to going to the Friendly Confines.
RickMonday   Sunday, January 15, 2012
billpearch
You're absolutely correct about attendance in 2011 being down. Here's a photo from Memorial Day. http://goo.gl/vCxmX
Bill Pearch   Sunday, January 15, 2012
hawkwolf
Obama, The Bears, and The Cubs, they are Chicago experiences; however, no one can say if either one of them is anything great, but they are still not as bad as Al Capone and Richard Daley.
BeanCounter37   Sunday, January 15, 2012
billpearch
No shot at the White Sox, Bulls or Blackhawks? If you mentioned Mrs. O'Leary's cow, I think you would have covered Chicago's entire history in one comment.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, January 15, 2012
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