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Preparing to visit Wrigley Field in 2018

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Baseball returns to Wrigley Field Tuesday, April 10, 2018! The game is scheduled to start at 1:20 p.m. CDT, and gates are scheduled to open approximately two hours prior to first pitch. Opening Day pregame festivities will start at approximately 12:45 p.m. CDT. In anticipation of capacity-crowds, please make sure to arrive early, give yourself extra time to enter the ballpark, use the entry gate listed on your ticket and follow posted signage and directions given by Wrigley Field personnel.

Below is detailed information on what fans can expect when they visit the Friendly Confines in 2018. For additional information on all things Wrigley Field, please visit www.cubs.com/info.

Baseball returns to Wrigley Field Tuesday, April 10, 2018! The game is scheduled to start at 1:20 p.m. CDT, and gates are scheduled to open approximately two hours prior to first pitch. Opening Day pregame festivities will start at approximately 12:45 p.m. CDT. In anticipation of capacity-crowds, please make sure to arrive early, give yourself extra time to enter the ballpark, use the entry gate listed on your ticket and follow posted signage and directions given by Wrigley Field personnel.

Below is detailed information on what fans can expect when they visit the Friendly Confines in 2018. For additional information on all things Wrigley Field, please visit www.cubs.com/info.

Transportation and Parking

The Cubs strongly encourage the use of public transportation, including Metra trains, Pace shuttle buses and CTA buses and trains.

The Cubs will continue to offer free remote parking at 3900 N. Rockwell St., just east of the Chicago River and immediately south of Irving Park Road. The lot will be available for all night and weekend games throughout the season. This lot includes free shuttle service to and from Wrigley Field. Services begin two and half hours before first pitch and returning shuttles board postgame and run approximately one hour after the end of the game. Please note the Remote Lot will not be available for our home opener since it is a weekday day game.

Limited parking will be available in the Toyota Camry Lot, located at 1126 W. Grace St, and the Irving Park Lot, located at 1052 Irving Park Rd.

The Cubs free bicycle valet service will continue during all home games. The service will be located in the alley just east of the main entrance for the CTA Red Line stop on Addison Street. The bicycle valet will begin approximately two hours before the start of the game and end one hour after the game ends.

As in the past, we anticipate the Chicago Police Department will close Waveland Avenue from Clark Street to Sheffield Avenue to vehicular traffic one hour before the game begins and reopen one hour after the game ends. Sheffield Avenue from Waveland Avenue to Addison Street also is expected to close to vehicular traffic one hour before the game begins and reopen one hour after the game ends.

Waveland Avenue will be open to pedestrians on both the north and south sides of the street. Pedestrians will have access to the east and west sides of Sheffield Avenue, as well as the east and west sides of Clark Street. For the most up-to-date information on street closures, please visit www.44thward.org.

Residents with vehicles on Clifton Avenue will be able to exit on Waveland Avenue heading west toward Clark Street only.

Please visit www.cubs.com/transportation for additional transportation and parking information.

Bus Staging Locations

Group charter and coach buses will unload and pick up on Irving Park Road, just east of Clark Street.

Pace buses will be asked to stage on Clark Street between Waveland Avenue and Grace Street.

CTA buses will continue to provide service on Addison Street and Clark Street from the same locations as in prior years.

Ticket Windows

The Wrigley Field Ticket Office, located just north of the Wrigley Field Marquee at the corner of Clark and Addison streets, will be open for Opening Day and throughout the season. Hours of operation are available here.

The Budweiser Bleacher Ticket Windows, located on Waveland Avenue by the main bleacher entrance, will be open on gamedays two hours before the start of the game.

Entry to the Ballpark

All Wrigley Field gates will open two hours prior to game time unless otherwise specified. Be sure to use the entry gate listed on your ticket. Several of the entry gates at Wrigley Field have been renamed this year, so please pay attention to the gate listed on your ticket. Visit www.cubs.com/gates for detailed gate locations.

Fan safety is a top priority for the Cubs and Major League Baseball. The Cubs have security screening at all Wrigley Field gates through the use of metal detectors. This enhanced screening is in addition to bag check stations for guests carrying items that need inspection. Guests entering without a bag, purse or container can use express lines.

The following items are prohibited at Wrigley Field: Alcohol, bags larger than 16 x 16 x 8 inches, brooms, containers (cans, aerosol spray, glass, hard-sided coolers, thermoses or flasks), illegal drugs, inflatables, laser pointers, luggage or car seats, nets, noisemakers, non-factory sealed plastic bottles, portable stadium seats, selfie sticks, unmanned aerial vehicles, weapons of any kind and any other item deemed inappropriate by ballpark operations personnel. Please visit www.cubs.com/security for additional information.

Mobile Ticketing

The MLB Ballpark app is your secure and convenient way to instantly buy, share and scan Cubs tickets for entry to Wrigley Field via your mobile device. The app is free to download and use with a MLB.com account.

To enter Wrigley Field, simply have the Ballpark app open, pull up your ticket barcode for that day's game and present it to the gate attendant to be scanned. If you're entering with a group, you have the option to scan multiple tickets on one device or forward tickets to your group in advance to be scanned via the Ballpark app on their individual devices. If you plan to scan multiple tickets on one device, please be sure to enter Wrigley Field with all members of your party present.

Visit www.cubs.com/ballparkapp for app features, a video tutorial and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Fan Services Booth and First Aid Station

The Fan Services Booth is located on the main concourse directly behind home plate. Available services include answers to general fan questions, ballpark food locations, information about events and services at Wrigley Field, directions and mass transit information. Fans also may share their feedback regarding their experience at Wrigley Field and obtain pocket schedules.

For assistance during the game, fans can text 69050 with the keyword "Friendly" and a description of your seat location and issue, and Wrigley Field personnel will respond to your request as soon as possible.

The Advocate Health Care First Aid station is located behind home plate in the main concourse on the first-base side of the Marquee Gate. Signage identifies this area. An Advocate Health Care physician, registered nurse and emergency medical technicians are on hand for all games. First Aid also includes a family restroom and dedicated nursing mothers room.

Elevators

Several elevators are available throughout Wrigley Field: In the main concourse directly behind home plate by the Marquee Gate, in the left-field concourse by the Left Field Gate, in the main bleacher concourse near the Budweiser Bleacher Gate and two single-story elevators provide access to the left and right field porches in the Budweiser Bleachers.

Budweiser Bleachers

The Budweiser Bleacher Gate is located at the corner of Waveland and Sheffield avenues. Please note for the regular season, Budweiser Bleacher seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is suggested for better seat selection.

Fans in the Budweiser Bleachers will have access to our Budweiser Bleacher Bar as they enter the Budweiser Bleacher Gate. This bar offers an array of beer, cocktails and wine for purchase on the main concourse level.

Bleacher guests also have access to the home and visiting team bullpens, five display cases showcasing Cubs and Wrigley Field history, a replica ivy wall perfect for photo opportunities and additional décor throughout the bleacher concourse.

Restrooms

All fans are welcome to use any restroom in the ballpark provided their ticket permits access to the area in which the restroom is located.

Main Concourse:

Men's and women's restrooms are available directly behind home plate and on both the first-base and third-base sides of the main concourse. Two family restrooms, one in the main concourse across from Aisle 112 and one in the Advocate Health Care First Aid station located behind home plate, also are available.

Upper Deck:

Men's and women's restrooms are available in the left-field and right-field sides of the upper deck. A family restroom is available behind home plate in the upper deck.

Budweiser Bleachers:

Men's and women's restrooms are available in the Budweiser Bleachers concourse. A family restroom also is available in the upper Budweiser Bleachers by the Budweiser Patio and in the Fannie May Bleacher Sweet.

Premier Spaces:

Men's and women's restrooms are available directly behind home plate and on both the first-base and third-base sides on the Suite Level.

Men's and women's restrooms are available directly behind home plate in the Wrigley Field Ticket Office.

Men's and women's restrooms are available in the American Airlines 1914 Club. A family restroom also is available in the American Airlines 1914 Club

ATM Locations

Several Wintrust automated teller machines (ATMs) are available throughout Wrigley Field: Inside the Marquee Gate, the Gallagher Way Gate, Left Field Gate and Wintrust Right Field Gate; on first and third base ramps to the Upper Deck; on the Jim Beam Patio; in the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone and in the Budweiser Bleachers near the stairwells and on the ramp.

Concessions

Food and beverages are available throughout the ballpark at concession stands and portable carts managed by Levy Restaurants. For the most up-to-date list of all your food and beverage choices and locations, visit www.cubs.com/map or see the Concessions Guide in the MLB Ballpark app.

For the first hour after gates open, all food and nonalcoholic beverages are sold at a 10-percent discount.

There are several new food and beverage concession stands and offerings available at Wrigley Field in 2018, including enhanced concessions stands throughout the main concourse. Concession service in the main concourse will be supplemented with portable carts until all are completed in spring.

For a full list of food and beverage offerings, please see the Concessions Guide in the Cubs section of the MLB Ballpark app.

Cellular Service

Cellular service will be available throughout the ballpark for fans in 2018. We continue to work closely with carriers to provide quality service for our fans during the season.

As part of our continued commitment to enhance the fan experience, we are planning a complete upgrade of our Wi-Fi system which will occur during the 2018 season. We will continue to communicate relevant updates on the system to our fans as they become available.

Cubs Merchadise

Several merchandise stores and kiosks are available throughout Wrigley Field: Near the Marquee Gate, in the right-field concourse near the Wintrust Right Field Gate, on the Jim Beam Patio and in the main concourse and upper level of the Budweiser Bleachers.

The Cubs Store is located just outside the ballpark in Gallagher Way. This retail shop features authentic Cubs gear, merchandise and memorabilia and items exclusive to this location.

Opening Day Promotions and Entertainment

Promotions: Up to the first 30,000 early arriving fans will receive a Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano's

God Bless America: Julianna Zobrist

National Anthem: Wayne Messmer

First pitch: Cubs Hall of Famers (Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams)

2017 Jackie Robinson MVDBP Award recipients

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The Cubs are proud to announce C&G Construction Supply and TERRA Engineering were named our team's recipients of Major League Baseball's 11th Annual Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner (MVDBP) Award. In recognition of the extraordinary contributions of Jackie Robinson, the MVDBP Award recognizes diverse business partners who reflect his character and commitment to excellence and continue to break barriers. These diverse firms won competitive bids as contractors on the 1060 Project and executed outstanding work this offseason.

The Cubs recognized C&G Construction Supply and TERRA Engineering during the 2017 Jackie Robinson Day celebration at Wrigley Field Saturday, April 15. During our Jackie Robinson Day, the Cubs joined MLB in recognizing the anniversary of the Hall of Famer breaking baseball's color barrier as uniformed players and personnel at each ballpark will wear Jackie Robinson's retired No. 42 on their jerseys. A pregame ceremony included a video highlighting Jackie Robinson's career and legacy.

The Cubs are proud to announce C&G Construction Supply and TERRA Engineering were named our team's recipients of Major League Baseball's 11th Annual Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner (MVDBP) Award. In recognition of the extraordinary contributions of Jackie Robinson, the MVDBP Award recognizes diverse business partners who reflect his character and commitment to excellence and continue to break barriers. These diverse firms won competitive bids as contractors on the 1060 Project and executed outstanding work this offseason.

The Cubs recognized C&G Construction Supply and TERRA Engineering during the 2017 Jackie Robinson Day celebration at Wrigley Field Saturday, April 15. During our Jackie Robinson Day, the Cubs joined MLB in recognizing the anniversary of the Hall of Famer breaking baseball's color barrier as uniformed players and personnel at each ballpark will wear Jackie Robinson's retired No. 42 on their jerseys. A pregame ceremony included a video highlighting Jackie Robinson's career and legacy.

"TERRA Engineering would like to thank the Cubs and the entire design and construction team for the Wrigley 1060 project," said Karen Steingraber, president of TERRA Engineering. "We are proud to be part of a diverse team of people working on the renovation of the most iconic Ballpark in baseball. Jackie Robinson Day is a special event and we are very grateful to be a part of it and look forward to the continued success of the Cubs and the 1060 project."

The Cubs are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and providing opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses throughout the life of the 1060 Project. Since 2014, Chicago-based management consulting firm Target Group have served as the Cubs' diversity consultant on the 1060 Project and have been tasked with developing, implementing and monitoring the project's diversity and inclusion program in cooperation with Pepper Construction and ICON Venue Group.

Preparing to visit Wrigley Field in 2017

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The Chicago Cubs are ready to kick off another exciting season of baseball at Wrigley Field!

As we prepare to welcome our world-class fans back to the Friendly Confines, below is the detailed information you need to prepare for Opening Night Monday, April 10, and the rest of the season.

The Chicago Cubs are ready to kick off another exciting season of baseball at Wrigley Field!

As we prepare to welcome our world-class fans back to the Friendly Confines, below is the detailed information you need to prepare for Opening Night Monday, April 10, and the rest of the season.

All gates are scheduled to open at 5:05 p.m. CDT on Opening Night. In anticipation of capacity-crowds, please make sure to arrive early, give yourself extra time to enter the ballpark, use the entry gate listed on your ticket and follow posted signage and directions given by Wrigley Field personnel. For additional information on all things Wrigley Field, please visit Cubs.com/AZguide.

Transportation and Parking

The Cubs strongly encourage the use of public transportation, including Metra trains, Pace shuttle buses and CTA buses and trains.

The Cubs will continue to offer free remote parking at 3900 N. Rockwell St., just east of the Chicago River and immediately south of Irving Park Road. The lot will be available Opening Night and for all night and weekend games throughout the season. This lot includes free shuttle service to and from Wrigley Field. Services begin two and half hours before first pitch, and returning shuttles board postgame and run approximately one hour after the end of the game.

Limited cash-only parking will be available in the Toyota Camry Lot at 1126 W. Grace St.

The Toyota RAV4 Lot, located at 1140 W. Eddy St., will not generally be available for cash parking.

The Cubs free bicycle valet service will continue during all Cubs home games. This year, the service will be located in the alley just east of the main entrance for the CTA Red Line stop on Addison Street. The bicycle valet will begin approximately two hours before the start of the game and end one hour after the game ends.

As in the past, we anticipate the Chicago Police Department will close Waveland Avenue, from Clark Street to Sheffield Avenue, to vehicular traffic one hour before the game begins and reopen one hour after the game ends. Sheffield Avenue from Waveland Avenue to Addison Street also is expected to be closed to vehicular traffic one hour before the game begins and reopen one hour after the game ends.

Waveland Avenue will be open to pedestrians on both the north and south sides of the street. Pedestrians will have access to the east and west sides of Sheffield Avenue, as well as the east and west sides of Clark Street. For the most up-to-date information on street closures, please visit 44thward.org.

Residents with vehicles on Clifton Avenue will be able to exit on Waveland Avenue heading west toward Clark Street only.

Click here for additional traffic, transportation and parking information.

Bus Staging Locations

Group charter and coach buses will unload and pick up on Irving Park Road, just east of Clark Street.

Pace buses will be asked to stage on Clark Street between Waveland Avenue and Grace Street.

CTA buses will continue to provide service on Addison Street from the same locations as in prior years.

Ticket Windows

The Wrigley Field Ticket Office, located near Gate F at the corner of Clark and Addison streets, will be open at the ballpark Opening Night and throughout the season. Hours of operation are available here.

The Budweiser Bleacher Ticket Windows, located on Waveland Avenue by the main bleacher entrance, will be open on gamedays two hours before the start of the game.

Entry to the Ballpark

All Wrigley Field gates will open two hours prior to game time unless otherwise specified. Please be sure to use the entry gate listed on your ticket.

Our new Gate H, located on Clark Street on the western side of the ballpark, will be available for entry and exit beginning Opening Night. Fans with seats in the terrace level or upper deck can utilize the new stairwells located at Gate H.

Fan safety is a top priority for the Cubs and Major League Baseball. The Cubs have security screening at all Wrigley Field gates through the use of metal detectors. This enhanced screening is in addition to bag check stations for guests carrying items that need inspection. Guests entering without a bag, purse or container can use express lines.

The following items are prohibited at Wrigley Field: Alcohol, bags larger than 16 x 16 x 8 inches, brooms, containers (cans, glass, hard-sided coolers, thermoses or flasks), illegal drugs, inflatables, laser pointers, luggage or car seats, nets, noisemakers, non-factory sealed plastic bottles, portable stadium seats, selfie sticks, unmanned aerial vehicles, weapons of any kind and any other item deemed inappropriate by ballpark operations personnel.

Mobile Ticketing

New this year, the Cubs are offering mobile ticketing via the MLB.com Ballpark app. Mobile ticketing has replaced print-at-home as a more secure instant delivery option when purchasing tickets to Cubs games at Wrigley Field. Mobile ticketing is a convenient way for fans to buy, share and scan their tickets for entry. The app is free to download and use with a MLB.com account.

To enter Wrigley Field, simply have the Ballpark app open, pull up your ticket barcode for that day's game and present it to the gate attendant to be scanned. If you're entering with a group, you have the option to scan multiple tickets on one device or forward tickets to your group in advance to be scanned via the Ballpark app on their individual devices. If you plan to scan multiple tickets on one device, please be sure to enter Wrigley Field with all members of your party present.

Visit Cubs.com/Ballparkapp for more details about Cubs mobile ticketing, including a video tutorial and detailed frequently asked questions.

Fan Services

The Fan Services Booth is located on the main concourse directly behind home plate. Available services include answers to general fan questions, ballpark food locations, information about events and services at Wrigley Field, directions and mass transit information. Fans may also share their feedback regarding their experience at Wrigley Field and obtain pocket schedules.

For assistance during the game, guests can use the fan texting service to alert event personnel of a fan services issue. Text the keyword "Friendly" along with your issue and location to 69050. You will receive a confirmation your message has been received. Standard message and data rates may apply.

The Advocate Health Care First Aid station is located behind home plate on the main concourse on the third-base side of Gate F. Signage identifies this area. An Advocate Health Care physician, registered nurse and Superior Ambulance emergency medical technicians are typically on hand for all games. First Aid also includes a family restroom that may be used by nursing mothers, individuals with accessibility needs or parents with children.

Elevators

There are two main elevators available for use: One is located in the left-field concourse by Gate K, and the second is located near the Budweiser Bleacher Gate. In addition, there are two single-story elevators providing access to the left and right field porches in the Budweiser Bleachers.

Opening Night Entertainment and Promotions

Promotions: Up to the first 30,000 early arriving fans will receive a Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano's

Fans are encouraged to arrive early for Opening Night pregame festivities, which will start at approximately 6:15 p.m. CDT.

God Bless America: Julianna Zobrist

National Anthem: Wayne Messmer

Banner Raising Ceremony: The Cubs will raise their championship banners during the Opening Night pregame ceremony at Wrigley Field.

First pitch: Members of the Ricketts family

7th inning stretch: Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams

Budweiser Bleachers

The Budweiser Bleacher Gate is located at the corner of Waveland and Sheffield avenues. Please note for the regular season, Budweiser Bleacher seating is general admission and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is suggested for better seat selection.

Fans in the Budweiser Bleachers will have access to our Budweiser Bleacher Bar as they enter the Budweiser Bleacher Gate. This bar offers an array of beer, cocktails and wine for purchase on the main concourse level.

Bleacher guests also have access to five display cases showcasing Cubs and Wrigley Field history, a replica ivy wall perfect for photo opportunities and additional décor throughout the bleacher concourse.

For more information about Budweiser Bleacher group spaces, please visit Cubs.com/Bleachers.

Restrooms

Main Concourse: Men's and women's restrooms are available on both the first-base and third-base sides of the main concourse. Two family restrooms, one near Gate F and one in the Advocate Health Care First Aid station located behind home plate, also are available.

Upper Deck: Men's and women's restrooms are available in the left-field and right-field sides of the upper deck. A family restroom also is available on the first-base side.

Budweiser Bleachers: Men's and women's restrooms are available in the Budweiser Bleachers concourse. A family restroom also is available in the upper Budweiser Bleachers.

All fans are welcome to use any restroom in the ballpark provided their ticket permits access to the area in which the restroom is located.

ATM Locations

Wintrust automated teller machines (ATMs) are available throughout Wrigley Field for our fans' convenience. Locations include inside Gate F and D; on first and third base ramps to the Upper Deck; on the Jim Beam Patio; in the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone and in the Budweiser Bleachers near the stairwells and on the ramp.

Concessions

Food and beverages are available throughout the ballpark at concession stands and portable carts managed by Levy Restaurants. Fans can ask a Wrigley Field associate or stop by the Fan Services Booth, located behind home plate on the main concourse, for the most up-to-date list of food and beverage choices and locations.

For the first hour after gates open, all food and nonalcoholic beverages are sold at a 25 percent discount.

There are several new food and beverage concession stands and offerings coming to Wrigley Field in 2017, including a new Giordano's Pizza concession stand located near Gate K that will be available Opening Night. To see new food and beverage offerings click here.

Enhanced concessions near Gate F will be available in June. In the meantime, portable carts featuring traditional ballpark fare will be open near Gate F.

Cellular Service

Cellular service will be available throughout the ballpark for fans in 2017. AT&T is Wrigley Field's provider of cellular service and we continue to work closely with them to provide quality service for our fans during the season.

To continue to enhance the fan experience, we are planning a complete upgrade/overhaul of our Wi-Fi and cellular services to be ready by Opening Day 2018. We will continue to communicate relevant updates to our fans as they become available.

Wrigley Field Statues and Personalized Pavers

All Cubs tribute statues (Ernie Banks, Harry Caray, Ron Santo and Billy Williams) will be on display during the 2017 season.

Wrigley Field personalized pavers are installed outside the Budweiser Bleachers on Sheffield and Waveland avenues. Specific locations will be provided to paver owners. Paver owners with any questions can contact Fan Services at 800-THE-CUBS or fanservices@cubs.com.

Cubs Merchandise

Merchandise stores can be found in the following locations inside Wrigley Field's main concourse: Behind home plate above Gate F, in the right-field concourse near Gate D and in the left-field concourse by Gate K, which will be the home of our new shop, the New Era Team Store.

A merchandise store also is available on the Budweiser Bleacher concourse for fans with a Budweiser Bleacher ticket.

The Park at Wrigley, the new gathering space adjacent to Wrigley Field, will be home to the Cubs Store at the Park beginning April 10. The retail shop features authentic Chicago Cubs gear, merchandise and memorabilia and items exclusive to this location.

Ongoing Development Outside the Ballpark

Park at Wrigley

Adjacent to Gate H on the western side of Wrigley Field, the Park at Wrigley becomes a backyard for Wrigley Field on gamedays - a space where ticket holders can celebrate before, during and following each game. Gameday ticket holders can find outdoor space, food and beverage options, gameday activities, and view the game and post-game highlights on the video board at the Park at Wrigley. The Park at Wrigley officially opens Monday, April 10, and is open to gameday ticket holders two hours prior to game time at Wrigley Field.

In addition to gameday activities, the Park at Wrigley offers a beautiful open-air destination for farmers markets, community events, outdoor movies, festivals, dining and much more. The Park at Wrigley serves as Wrigleyville's town square - a year-round gathering place for neighbors, families, fans and visitors.

For more details on the Park at Wrigley, visit parkatwrigley.com.

Hotel Zachary

Work on Hotel Zachary, a boutique, lifestyle hotel located at the corner of Clark and Addison streets across from Wrigley Field, will continue throughout the season. This community asset is scheduled to open in 2018. For more details on Hotel Zachary, visit hotelzachary.com.

A message from Hickory Street Capital

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As you may have seen in the news this week, Levy Restaurants has filed an application for an outdoor patio liquor license related to the operation of the Plaza outside Wrigley Field. This exciting step will help lead the way to the long-awaited opening of the Plaza, turning a once-abandoned area into a celebrated open space.

The Plaza is operated by Hickory Street Capital, an entity owned by the Ricketts family. More than four years ago, the Ricketts family began the process to design and develop the Plaza as an exciting year-round destination suitable for its Lakeview location near the Friendly Confines. It was designed after extensive discussions with Alderman Tunney and the community and approved as part of a Planned Development in 2013.

As you may have seen in the news this week, Levy Restaurants has filed an application for an outdoor patio liquor license related to the operation of the Plaza outside Wrigley Field. This exciting step will help lead the way to the long-awaited opening of the Plaza, turning a once-abandoned area into a celebrated open space.

The Plaza is operated by Hickory Street Capital, an entity owned by the Ricketts family. More than four years ago, the Ricketts family began the process to design and develop the Plaza as an exciting year-round destination suitable for its Lakeview location near the Friendly Confines. It was designed after extensive discussions with Alderman Tunney and the community and approved as part of a Planned Development in 2013.

The Plaza offers another choice among the many options that help keep Lakeview vibrant. When allowed to operate fairly, it will be an asset to neighbors and the neighborhood. On gamedays, it is an inviting alternative for guests of all ages, including parents and families who want to be included in the atmosphere but not be in neighboring bars. On non-gamedays, it offers chef-driven restaurants, entertainment, farmers markets, an ice rink, movies and music in the park and other activities.

Unfortunately, these new amenities are being challenged by those who seek to limit the promise of the Plaza. For example, opponents now seek to force the Plaza to shut down following every Cubs game. This is not the intent of a welcoming open space.

Since 2013, Alderman Tunney has proposed, and then abandoned, two separate ordinances to authorize the Plaza's operation. The latest discussions backtrack yet again and raise the specter of restrictions in excess of the prior two ordinances. At Alderman Tunney's request, we took the unusual step of meeting with a group of Clark Street bar owners regarding the operations of the Plaza. As you can imagine, they would prefer we not compete with them on gamedays. But forcing us to play by different rules deters investments in our neighborhood and denies neighbors and fans the promise of a vibrant, growing economic boost to the City.

To dispel a rumor, the Plaza is not intended to be driven by alcohol service 365 days a year. Our desire is to make the Plaza safe and friendly, open and inviting. The hope was to adopt a comprehensive ordinance to authorize activity and reasonable beer and wine sales on the Plaza, while providing operating restrictions consistent with other Clark Street businesses and the community's input. But with a Plaza ordinance going nowhere and the space ready to open later this year, the patio liquor license is the most applicable license. It offers the same playing field as other outdoor patios in the neighborhood, allowing the sale of alcohol, including mixed drinks, until 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends.

To date, Hickory Street Capital has been approached to host national and international events appropriate for its space in the neighborhood, food and music festivals, chef-driven restaurants, movies and music in the park and other activities that will bring world-class events and increased commerce to Lakeview and Chicago at reasonable times and for worthwhile activities.

This was the goal when the Ricketts family made a decision to invest $750 million to restore Wrigley Field and develop the surrounding community. Moving forward with the exciting addition of this valuable community asset will keep our neighborhood thriving and vibrant.

We remain committed to open, healthy dialogue with Alderman Tunney who has said his "number one priority is ensuring the public safety and quality of life for neighbors and visitors to our community." We agree. The Cubs, for example, provide off-duty police officers to the community during, and for three hours after, each Wrigley Field event. In conjunction with the Plaza, Hickory Street Capital has proposed a safety and security plan which includes additional security personnel, reasonable rules for alcohol sales and limits on hours of operation, all aiming to ensure what happens on the Plaza will stay on the Plaza. No other business in the community makes more of a contribution to the safety, security and well-being of Lakeview than those owned by the Ricketts family.

The time has come to move forward. Cubs fans and neighbors deserve access to this wonderful space, which has been promised since 2011.

We appreciate your continued support.

Sincerely,
Hickory Street Capital

2016 Jackie Robinson MVDBP Award recipients

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The Cubs are proud to announce II in One Contractors, Inc. and A.L.L. Masonry Construction Co., Inc. were named the team's recipients of Major League Baseball's 10th Annual Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner (MVDBP) Award. In recognition of the extraordinary contributions of Jackie Robinson, the MVDBP Award recognizes diverse business partners who reflect his character and commitment to excellence and continue to break barriers. The Cubs recognized these two exemplary businesses during the 2016 Jackie Robinson Day celebration at Wrigley Field Friday, April 15. Accepting the awards were II in One Contractors' President Robert J. McGee Jr. and A.L.L. Masonry Construction Co., Inc.'s President Luis Puig. Both diverse firms won competitive bids as contractors on the 1060 Project and executed outstanding work this offseason.

II in One Contractors, Inc. is a minority-owned general contractor based in Chicago that specializes in concrete, steel and other heavy and civil engineering construction work. The firm performed preliminary work to facilitate the construction of the foundation walls for the new office building adjacent to the ballpark, including rebar, framing and concrete placement.

The Cubs are proud to announce II in One Contractors, Inc. and A.L.L. Masonry Construction Co., Inc. were named the team's recipients of Major League Baseball's 10th Annual Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner (MVDBP) Award. In recognition of the extraordinary contributions of Jackie Robinson, the MVDBP Award recognizes diverse business partners who reflect his character and commitment to excellence and continue to break barriers. The Cubs recognized these two exemplary businesses during the 2016 Jackie Robinson Day celebration at Wrigley Field Friday, April 15. Accepting the awards were II in One Contractors' President Robert J. McGee Jr. and A.L.L. Masonry Construction Co., Inc.'s President Luis Puig. Both diverse firms won competitive bids as contractors on the 1060 Project and executed outstanding work this offseason.

II in One Contractors, Inc. is a minority-owned general contractor based in Chicago that specializes in concrete, steel and other heavy and civil engineering construction work. The firm performed preliminary work to facilitate the construction of the foundation walls for the new office building adjacent to the ballpark, including rebar, framing and concrete placement.

"To be associated in the same sentence as Jackie Robinson who was at the forefront of minorities being engaged in America's pastime is a privilege," said Robert J. McGee Jr., president, II in One Contractors, Inc. "I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with the Cubs and for the recognition."

A.L.L. Masonry Construction Co., Inc. is a Chicago-based commercial contractor specializing in masonry work. The firm conducted masonry work on the new office building and portions of the ballpark.

The Cubs are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and providing opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses throughout the life of the 1060 Project. Since 2014, Chicago-based management consulting firm Target Group have served as the Cubs' diversity consultant on the 1060 Project and have been tasked with developing, implementing and monitoring the project's diversity and inclusion program in cooperation with Pepper Construction and ICON Venue Group.

Preparing to visit Wrigley Field in 2016

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The Chicago Cubs are ready to kick off another exciting season of baseball at Wrigley Field. As we prepare to welcome fans to the Friendly Confines, below is detailed information on some of the plans for the 2016 season.

Please check this site frequently for updates throughout the season.

The Chicago Cubs are ready to kick off another exciting season of baseball at Wrigley Field. As we prepare to welcome fans to the Friendly Confines, below is detailed information on some of the plans for the 2016 season.

Please check this site frequently for updates throughout the season.

Transportation and Parking

The Cubs strongly encourage the use of public transportation, including Metra trains, PACE shuttle buses and CTA buses and trains.

The Cubs will continue to offer free remote parking at 3900 N. Rockwell St., just east of the Chicago River and accessed from Irving Park Road. The lot will be available on Opening Night and all night and weekend games throughout the season. This lot includes free shuttle service to and from Wrigley Field. Services begin two and a half hours before first pitch, and returning shuttles board post-game and run approximately one hour after the end of the game. On Opening Night, services to the ballpark will begin at 4:05 p.m. CDT.

Limited cash-only parking will be available in the Toyota Camry Lot, formerly the Green Lot, at 1126 W. Grace St., on a first-come, first-served basis for fans during the season. Residents with permits for the Toyota Camry Lot are able to use the lot on non-gamedays with a valid Cubs parking sticker. Visit Cubs.com/Transportation for information on obtaining a sticker.

The Toyota RAV4 lot, formerly the Brown Lot, will not generally be available for cash parking.

The Cubs free bicycle check service will continue during all Cubs home games. This year, the service will be located in the alley just north of the main entrance for the CTA Red Line stop on Addison Street and is accessible via the alley on Sheffield Avenue just north of Addison. The bike check will begin approximately two hours before the start of the game and end one hour after the game ends.

As in the past, we anticipate the Chicago Police Department will close Waveland Avenue, from Clark Street to Sheffield Avenue, to vehicular traffic one hour before the game starts and reopen one hour after the game ends. Waveland will be open to pedestrians on both the north and south sides of the street from Sheffield to Seminary avenues throughout the game. From Seminary Avenue to Clark Street, pedestrians will only have access to the north side of Waveland.

In addition, we anticipate the Chicago Police Department will again close Sheffield Avenue, from Waveland Avenue to Addison Street, to vehicular traffic one hour before the game starts and reopen one hour after the game ends. Pedestrians will have access to the east and west sides of Sheffield throughout the game.

Pedestrians will have access to both the east and west sides of Clark Street.

Residents with vehicles on Clifton Avenue will be able to exit on Waveland heading west toward Clark Street only.

Click here for additional traffic, transportation and parking information on Cubs.com.

Bus Staging Locations

As in 2015, group charter and coach buses are asked to unload and pick up on Irving Park Road, east of Clark Street.

PACE buses will be asked to stage on Clark Street between Waveland Avenue and Grace Street.

CTA buses will continue to provide service on Addison Street from the same locations as in prior years.

Ticket Windows

The newly refinished Wrigley Field Ticket Office, located near Gate F at the corner of Clark and Addison streets, will be open at the ballpark Opening Night and throughout the season.

Please note tickets will not be available at The Cubs Store this season.

Entry to the Ballpark

All gates, except the future Western Gate, will be available for entry and exit Opening Night and throughout the season.

In anticipation of a capacity-crowd, gates at Wrigley Field will open at 4:35 p.m. CDT on Opening Night. For the remainder of the season, Wrigley Field gates will open two hours prior to game time unless otherwise specified. Please be sure to use the entry gate listed on your ticket.

The Cubs are adding metal detectors at all Wrigley Field gates as part of the team's and Major League Baseball's ongoing commitment to fan safety. This enhanced security screening will be in place by Opening Night and is in addition to the current bag check already in place for all guests carrying items that need inspection. Guests entering without a bag, purse or container can use express lines.

The following items are prohibited at Wrigley Field: Alcohol, bags larger than 16 x 16 x 8 inches, brooms, containers (cans, glass, hard-sided coolers, thermoses or flasks), illegal drugs, inflatables, laser pointers, luggage or car seats, nets, noisemakers, non-factory sealed plastic bottles, unmanned aerial vehicles, weapons of any kind and any other item deemed inappropriate by ballpark operations personnel.

Fan Services

The Fan Services Booth is located on the main concourse directly behind home plate. Available services include answers to general fan questions, ballpark food locations, information about events and services at Wrigley Field, directions and mass transit information. Fans may also share their feedback regarding their experience at Wrigley Field and obtain pocket schedules.

For assistance during the game, guests can use the fan texting service to alert event personnel of a fan services issue. Text the keyword "Friendly" along with your issue and location to 69050. You will receive a confirmation your message has been received. Standard message and data rates may apply.

The Advocate Health Care First Aid station is located behind home plate on the main concourse on the third-base side of Gate F. Signage identifies this area. An Advocate Health Care physician and registered nurse and Superior Ambulance emergency medical technicians are typically on hand for all games. First Aid also includes a family restroom that may be used by nursing mothers, individuals with accessibility needs or parents with children.

Elevator 

The elevator located at the northwest corner of Wrigley Field near Gate K will be operational.

Opening Night Entertainment and Promotions

Promotions: Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano's, to the first 30,000 fans

National Anthem: Wayne Messmer

First pitches and 7th inning stretch: Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams

Budweiser Bleachers

Fans in the Budweiser Bleachers will enjoy a newly redesigned Budweiser Bleacher Bar as they enter the Budweiser Bleacher Gate at the corner of Sheffield and Waveland avenues. This bar offers an array of beer, cocktails and wine on the main concourse level.

Bleacher guests also will see five new display cases showcasing Cubs and Wrigley Field history, a replica ivy wall perfect for photo opportunities and additional décor throughout the bleacher concourse.

For more information about Budweiser Bleacher group spaces, please visit Cubs.com/Bleachers.

Restrooms

Ten restrooms are available on the main concourse level at Wrigley Field. Five restrooms, three men's and two women's, are available on the left-field concourse. Three restrooms, one men's and two women's, are available on the right-field concourse. Two family restrooms, one near Gate F and one in the First Aid room located behind home plate, are available on the main concourse.

Five restrooms are available on the upper deck at Wrigley Field. One men's and one women's restrooms are available on the left-field upper deck. One men's and one women's restrooms are available on the right-field upper deck. A family restroom is available on the first-base side of the upper deck.

One men's and one women's restrooms are available on the concourse in the Budweiser Bleachers. A family restroom also is available in the Upper Budweiser Bleachers.

All fans are welcome to use any restroom in the ballpark provided their ticket permits access to the area in which the restroom is located.

ATM Locations

Wintrust automated teller machines (ATMs) are available throughout Wrigley Field for our fans' convenience. Locations include: inside Gate F and D; on first and third base ramps to the Upper Deck; on the Jack Daniel's Patio; in the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone and in the Budweiser Bleachers near the stairwells and on the ramp.

Concessions

Food and beverages are available throughout the ballpark at concession stands and portable carts managed by Levy Restaurants. Fans can ask a Wrigley Field associate or stop by Fan Services, located behind home plate on the main concourse, for the most up-to-date list of all your food and beverage choices and locations.

For the first hour after gates open, all food and nonalcoholic beverages are sold at a 25 percent discount. The discount will begin 30 minutes earlier on Opening Night, starting at 4:35 p.m. CDT.

There will be several new food and beverage concession stands and offerings at Wrigley Field in 2016, including the Marquee Grill located on the terrace level, a Gilbert's Grill Cart on the main concourse and a Chicago Dog Bloody Mary in the Budweiser Bleachers. Click here for the full list of food and beverage offerings at Wrigley Field.

Construction Outside the Ballpark

Construction of the plaza and mixed-use building adjacent to the ballpark, which will house the Cubs' administrative offices and retail space, is progressing well with work continuing throughout the season.

Cellular Service

Cellular service will be available throughout the ballpark for fans in 2016. The Cubs continue to work with our cellular service providers to enable fans to use their mobile devices during the season.

To continue to enhance the fan experience, we are planning to upgrade/overhaul our communication and data service as part of a future phase of the 1060 Project. We will continue to communicate relevant updates as they are available.

Wrigley Field Marquee, Statues and Personalized Pavers

The historic Wrigley Field Marquee and all Cubs tribute statues (Ernie Banks, Harry Caray, Ron Santo and Billy Williams) will be on display during the 2016 season.

Wrigley Field personalized pavers have been installed in their new location outside the Budweiser Bleachers on Sheffield and Waveland avenues. Specific locations will be provided to paver owners. Paver owners with any questions can contact Cubs Fan Services at 773-388-8270 or fanservices@cubs.com.

        Wrigley Field statues relocated to storage for the 2015 offseason

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        The Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Ron Santo statues were removed and transported to storage as the 1060 Project gears up for construction during the 2015 offseason.

        All Cubs tribute statues are expected to be on display at Wrigley Field by Opening Day 2016.

        The Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Ron Santo statues were removed and transported to storage as the 1060 Project gears up for construction during the 2015 offseason.

        All Cubs tribute statues are expected to be on display at Wrigley Field by Opening Day 2016.

        Update on triangle parcel - office building and clubhouse construction continues

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        Work continues in the triangle parcel adjacent to Wrigley Field, which was the former location of the Red and Purple Lots. Throughout the summer, the 1060 Project team has continued foundational and structural work to make way for the Cubs' new clubhouse and office building, as well as an open-air plaza and retail space. In July, the team completed the excavation for the future home of the 30,000-square-foot Cubs' clubhouse and new office building. In total, the team has removed 78,000 cubic yards (109 tons) of dirt from the triangle parcel.

        As foundational work in other areas of the triangle parcel continues, the construction team will begin placing support columns for the structure's ceiling deck and steel frame. Once completed, this new area will include a locker room for players and coaches, a strength and conditioning center, training and hydrotherapy areas, a media center, team offices and a player lounge. The structural frame of the clubhouse is expected to be completed by mid November, and the completed clubhouse is on track to be ready by Opening Day 2016.

        Work continues in the triangle parcel adjacent to Wrigley Field, which was the former location of the Red and Purple Lots. Throughout the summer, the 1060 Project team has continued foundational and structural work to make way for the Cubs' new clubhouse and office building, as well as an open-air plaza and retail space. In July, the team completed the excavation for the future home of the 30,000-square-foot Cubs' clubhouse and new office building. In total, the team has removed 78,000 cubic yards (109 tons) of dirt from the triangle parcel.

        As foundational work in other areas of the triangle parcel continues, the construction team will begin placing support columns for the structure's ceiling deck and steel frame. Once completed, this new area will include a locker room for players and coaches, a strength and conditioning center, training and hydrotherapy areas, a media center, team offices and a player lounge. The structural frame of the clubhouse is expected to be completed by mid November, and the completed clubhouse is on track to be ready by Opening Day 2016.

        The six-story office building, which will house the Cubs' administrative offices and a ground-floor retail space, is progressing well as the construction team works to install the building's support columns. The building is already taking shape, as portions of the steel structure are now in place. The office building is expected to be completed by late 2016.

        Historic caretaker's house returns home

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        On Thursday, June 18, the 1060 Project team moved the historic caretaker's house from its temporary location in the Blue Lot back to its original location at the northwest corner of Wrigley Field. The caretaker's house was relocated to the Blue Lot in November 2014 to allow crews to work inside the ballpark while excavating the lot adjacent to Wrigley Field for the planned office building and plaza.

        Once crews completed preparatory work in and around the Blue Lot, they slowly moved the house across the lot and Waveland Avenue to the northwest corner of Wrigley Field, across from the fire station. Upon reaching the final destination, the house was carefully lowered onto its new foundation using a combination of hydraulic lifts and support blocks.

        On Thursday, June 18, the 1060 Project team moved the historic caretaker's house from its temporary location in the Blue Lot back to its original location at the northwest corner of Wrigley Field. The caretaker's house was relocated to the Blue Lot in November 2014 to allow crews to work inside the ballpark while excavating the lot adjacent to Wrigley Field for the planned office building and plaza.

        Once crews completed preparatory work in and around the Blue Lot, they slowly moved the house across the lot and Waveland Avenue to the northwest corner of Wrigley Field, across from the fire station. Upon reaching the final destination, the house was carefully lowered onto its new foundation using a combination of hydraulic lifts and support blocks.

        Work will continue on the house to restore its historic masonry shell and rebuild the front porch area. The house is expected to be completed by April 2016.

        History of the house

        The house at 1053 Waveland Ave. was built during a major renovation of then-Cubs Park between the 1922-1923 seasons and reportedly cost $6,000. It was William Wrigley Jr.'s idea to build the home and offer it free of rent to Bobby Dorr, Cubs grounds superintendent from 1919 to 1957, if he would live at the park and watch over the property.

        Dorr and his family accepted the offer and moved into the home in 1923. Considered one of the best grounds superintendents in baseball, Wrigley Field was often referred to as "Bobby Dorr's House." Dorr lived there until his death in 1957.

        Following Dorr's passing, long-time Cubs traveling secretary Bob Lewis moved his office into the caretaker's house that he also called home. Upon Lewis' full retirement, the home served as an office for the traveling secretary and home secretary and storage for the next several years. Most recently, it has been used as office space for the concessionaires at the ballpark.

        Budweiser Bleachers open to rave reviews

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        The new-look Budweiser Bleachers opened to rave reviews as fans entered the famed seating area for the first time in the 2015 season. The bleachers in left and center field debuted May 11, and the right field bleachers opened June 11, completing the full complement of seating since construction began in the bleachers last fall.

        In addition to new group spaces, the enhanced Budweiser Bleachers also include two new video boards and additional signage that features a mix of game and player stats, video replays, historical Cubs footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with the team, as well as baseball content from around the league. The hand-operated scoreboard in center field continues to function as the main scoreboard for line scores, balls and strikes and out-of-town scores.

        The new-look Budweiser Bleachers opened to rave reviews as fans entered the famed seating area for the first time in the 2015 season. The bleachers in left and center field debuted May 11, and the right field bleachers opened June 11, completing the full complement of seating since construction began in the bleachers last fall.

        In addition to new group spaces, the enhanced Budweiser Bleachers also include two new video boards and additional signage that features a mix of game and player stats, video replays, historical Cubs footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with the team, as well as baseball content from around the league. The hand-operated scoreboard in center field continues to function as the main scoreboard for line scores, balls and strikes and out-of-town scores.

        Work will continue through early July to finalize additional amenities and concessions in the enhanced bleachers, including Platform 14 - a new outdoor concession area located behind the historic center field scoreboard. In the meantime, the team is increasing beverage points of sale and food vendors to service bleacher guests. The Budweiser Bleachers are scheduled to be fully operational in early July. The team is planning a celebratory event for guests in the Budweiser Bleachers Friday, July 3. Additional details will be shared closer to the date.

        Wrigley Field's Budweiser Bleachers set to make their season debut

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        Wrigley Field's Budweiser Bleachers will have a new look and feel this season as the Chicago Cubs reopen the bleachers in phases with new group spaces, improved concessions and additional room for fans to socialize and watch the game.

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        Wrigley Field's Budweiser Bleachers will have a new look and feel this season as the Chicago Cubs reopen the bleachers in phases with new group spaces, improved concessions and additional room for fans to socialize and watch the game.

        The bleachers in left and center field remain on track to open for occupancy May 11, which will coincide with Cubs Charities' Pink Out presented by Advocate Health Care on the first home game following Mother's Day. Each guest in the Budweiser Bleachers that day will receive a "Pink Out" T-shirt to promote breast cancer prevention awareness and celebrate moms and women everywhere who are survivors. The right field bleachers will open for occupancy as planned June 11. Work will continue throughout May and June as the team finishes the new spaces and additional amenities, including new concessions and food offerings. The overall enhanced Budweiser Bleachers will be completed in early July. The team will host a celebratory event for guests in the Budweiser Bleachers Friday, July 3.

        A combination of portable and fixed concessions and vendors will be available in the Budweiser Bleachers beginning May 11. The new Platform 14, an outdoor concession area located behind the historic scoreboard, is scheduled to open in early July. Platform 14 will offer expanded food preparation spaces and a larger variety of freshly prepared food items. When the Budweiser Bleacher expansion is completed, fans will enjoy shorter wait times with additional points of sale and a wider variety of food and beverage offerings.

        The new Budweiser Bleachers also include new video boards and signage that feature a mix of game and player stats, video replays, historical Cubs footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with the team, as well as baseball content from around the league.

        In addition to the expanded spaces and amenities, the Cubs and Budweiser have teamed up to present new Budweiser Bleacher Fridays on select dates throughout the 2015 season. Budweiser Bleacher Fridays will feature pre- or post-game entertainment, exclusive giveaway items, special food and beverages and more. This year's schedule is headlined by a post-game Extra Innings Show for all game attendees featuring Fitz & The Tantrums Friday, July 10. Budweiser Bleacher guests will receive an Extra Innings Concert Koozie. Other Budweiser Bleacher Friday themes include a Beach Bash (May 29), Country Day (June 12), Red, White and Brew (July 3), '90s Day (Aug. 21) and Singles and Doubles Day (Sept. 18).

        In addition to general admission seating in the Budweiser Bleachers, several new and enhanced spaces are available that provide a fun atmosphere, additional amenities and space for groups of various sizes.

        Fans can purchase tickets to the Budweiser Bleachers and find more information about each Budweiser Bleacher group space at www.cubs.com/bleachers.

        New left-field video board enhances Wrigley Field experience

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        Fans got their first glimpse of Wrigley Field's newest addition when the Cubs unveiled a new 3,990 square-foot LED video board in left field in time for Opening Night, Sunday, April 5. In its inaugural game, the new video board featured a wide array of Cubs content, including a historic Wrigley Field montage video and a tribute to Ernie Banks.

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        Fans got their first glimpse of Wrigley Field's newest addition when the Cubs unveiled a new 3,990 square-foot LED video board in left field in time for Opening Night, Sunday, April 5. In its inaugural game, the new video board featured a wide array of Cubs content, including a historic Wrigley Field montage video and a tribute to Ernie Banks.

        The new LED board, manufactured by South Dakota-based Daktronics, measures approximately 42 x 95 ft and is composed of 40 separate LED panels. Using the latest technology, the board supports multiple content "zones," allowing it to show live video, scoring information, statistics and graphics simultaneously. A 20-person gameday production staff is required to operate the video board during each home game.

        The new left-field video board has been thoughtfully designed to provide fans with an enhanced gameday experience while paying tribute to the ballpark's existing look and feel. The hand-operated scoreboard in center field will remain in place and continue to function as the main scoreboard for line scores, balls and strikes and out-of-town scores. The left-field video board complements the existing scoreboard by providing additional and unique content.

        In order to ensure that the ballpark's latest additions are providing fans with the best in-game experience, the team spent more than a year conducting research and talking to fans about what information and content they want to see. "The video board is an extension of what fans have told us they want," says Alison Miller, senior director of Marketing. Fans at Wrigley Field can expect to see a mix of game and player stats, video replays, historical Cubs footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with the team, as well as baseball content from around the league. "It will not be 'over-gimmicked,'" explains Miller. "Fans won't see crowd prompts or kiss cams."

        Fans also can expect to see a new twist on an old tradition this season. After each Cubs win at Wrigley Field, the team will keep the Wintrust "W" lit above the left field video board after the ballpark lights turn off. The lit "W" is a nod to a longtime Cubs tradition that dates back to 1937, when lights were installed on top of the scoreboard next to the W and L flags to help notify fans and passersby of the team's fate long after the game had ended.

        A second, slightly smaller video board will be installed above the right field bleachers before the All-Star Break. The Budweiser sign currently in right field, that also made its debut Opening Night, will be moved to its permanent location on top of the right-field video board once it has been installed.

        Phase One: An update on the restoration with the season nearing

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        Mother Nature can put a wrinkle in even the best-laid plans. Since the Cubs broke ground on the 1060 Project shortly after the 2014 season ended, weather has been a thorn in the organization's side.

        Even with the cold temperatures and frequent snowfall that has cost the construction team precious time, the Cubs are proud to announce two of the three major initiatives of Phase One of the expansive Wrigley Field restoration project remain on schedule.

        Mother Nature can put a wrinkle in even the best-laid plans. Since the Cubs broke ground on the 1060 Project shortly after the 2014 season ended, weather has been a thorn in the organization's side.

        Even with the cold temperatures and frequent snowfall that has cost the construction team precious time, the Cubs are proud to announce two of the three major initiatives of Phase One of the expansive Wrigley Field restoration project remain on schedule.

        On Monday, March 2, the Cubs invited local media outlets to the Friendly Confines for a hardhat tour of the work site. President of Business Operations Crane Kenney and Vice President of Ballpark Operations Carl Rice led the tour and showed off the progress being made on the bleachers, the third-base concourse and the triangle property directly west of the ballpark. Watch highlights from the 1060 Project Phase One tour.

        Update on Budweiser Bleachers

        Though the initial plan was to have all the left- and right-field bleacher work completed by Opening Night, Kenney announced during the January Cubs Convention there would be a slight delay due to the unforgiving weather.

        "We were hopeful for a warm winter," Kenney said. "We did not get that. We had record cold in November and February."

        The left-field bleachers are scheduled to be ready for fans starting May 11, and the right-field bleachers are scheduled to be ready by early June. Water main issues and slight adjustments to the location of signage were other causes for the delay.

        Kenney and Rice reiterated there is a difference between occupancy of the bleachers and completion.

        "There will still be work going on in the bleachers even after we open," Kenney said. "Restrooms will be open, and there will be concessions services, but you'll obviously still see, with right field not completed, a lot of working going on there."

        Though there will be no seating in the left-field bleachers on Opening Night, the state-of-the-art video board is scheduled to be ready when the Cubs kick off the season April 5 against the Cardinals. The initial metal work is already in place. The video board in right field will likely be ready around the same time fans are able to occupy the right-field bleachers in June.

        Update on Concourse 

        The first thing fans will notice when they walk through the left-field concourse is more open space. The large, switchback ramps near the Gate K entrance will be replaced with more condensed stairs or walkways. Most of the ramps and bathrooms in Section 130 have been temporarily removed to insert modern support beams, as some beams in that area had been in place since the park was built in 1914.

        "To make this project work and really to do it right, and to be able to support the ballpark for the next 100 years, we had to knock out the steel and concrete infrastructure to the ballpark," Rice said.

        Though the concourse will not actually be wider, many of the portable concession stands will now be built into the ballpark, which will open up space throughout the concourse.

        The Cubs expect some of the restrooms in the concourse to be finished in late May or June. Also of note to male Cubs fans: Many of the new restroom facilities will retain the famous troughs.

        While Kenney noted the concourse may be a little dustier than usual due to ongoing work throughout the season, cinderblock walls will shield fans from the construction. This will not only keep fans a safe distance away from the work efforts, but it should also reduce the noise.

        One of the big infrastructure overhauls has been to reinforce the support structure of Wrigley Field's upper levels. The Cubs are wrapping up their final support modification to the upper deck later this week and have done work on approximately 30 of the 35 main columns throughout the ballpark.

        "It's important because of all the amenities we're going to add to the upper deck for our guests," Rice said. "The work we're doing in the upper deck, we needed to get this support structure right for the future of the ballpark."

        Update on Plaza Space

        A major overhaul is being done outside the ballpark as well, with plans to rework the space formerly known as the Purple and Red lots.

        There are pilings going into the ground to support both the wall of the new clubhouse space and the office building, as well as a two-story basement underneath. The space will be dedicated to retail and entertainment. The majority will be an open plaza, but there will also be a Cubs office building along the north end. Retail will go into the first floor, with Cubs offices above. The lowest level of the basement will serve as the Cubs' modern and spacious new clubhouse. According to the initial plans, the office building won't be fully completed until 2018.

        People will start to notice the hole being dug in mid-April, and work will continue through the duration of the season. The clubhouse is a major component of Phase Two of the 1060 Project and is planned to be ready for the team once the 2016 season begins.

        Phase One: An inside look at the construction process and progress

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        Watch: 1060 Project Phase One Construction

        The 1060 Project team is making significant progress during Phase One of construction, which includes:

        Watch: 1060 Project Phase One Construction

        The 1060 Project team is making significant progress during Phase One of construction, which includes:

        • Structural steel and concrete work throughout the ballpark
        • Budweiser Bleacher expansion and restoration in left and right field
        • Addition of outfield signage
        • Work on the third-base side concourse, including new restroom facilities
        • Excavation in the Red and Purple Lots to prepare the foundation for new player facilities, a concessions prep and staging space, and office development

        "One of the biggest parts of this project is talking to our fans about pardoning our dust. We are going to have signs up through the ballpark of areas that are going to be under construction so fans will know what's really truly going on," said Carl Rice, Cubs vice president of Ballpark Operations. "This is about getting this project done right instead of cutting corners."

        "A lot of the work we're doing over the next five years is truly for the ballpark to stand for your grandchildren to see," added Michael Harms, senior vice president, Icon Venue Group.

        Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at the work happening in and around Wrigley Field during Phase One to preserve its historic features while improving the ballpark for the next generation of baseball fans.

        Cubs win Landmarks approval

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        Earlier today, the Cubs gained approval from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on its revised Wrigley Field bleacher expansion plan.

        The approval comes after the National Park Service's recent sign off and agreement with the Cubs to make changes to advertising signs in the outfield. The latest plan includes removing a script sign in left field while relocating and reducing the video board in right field.

        Earlier today, the Cubs gained approval from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on its revised Wrigley Field bleacher expansion plan.

        The approval comes after the National Park Service's recent sign off and agreement with the Cubs to make changes to advertising signs in the outfield. The latest plan includes removing a script sign in left field while relocating and reducing the video board in right field.

        Specifically, the revised plan calls for:

        • Removing the script sign in left field and moving the left-field video board 30 feet toward the center-field scoreboard.
        • Switching the location of the video screen and the 650-square-foot sign in right field.
        • Decreasing the size of the right-field video screen from 2,400 square feet to 2,250 square feet.

        Other changes approved today include adding two elevators in the left and right field bleachers to expand accessibility to the Budweiser Bleachers and enlarging the "knothole gate" in right field.

        These approvals put the team on track to qualify for federal tax credits to help finance the 1060 Project aimed at restoring and expanding Wrigley Field.