Cubs say video board will be ready by Sunday’s opening game

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are promising to monitor dust and noise to ensure Wrigley Field renovation work doesn't spoil games for fans or players.
Vice President of Ballpark Operations Carl Rice updated reporters Tuesday on the $575 million, multi-year project to renovate the 101-year-old stadium.

He says the huge video board in left field will be operational by opening night Sunday. The ivy-covered outfield wall has been re-assembled, and restored statues of Ernie Banks and Ron Santo also will be back by Sunday. Crews remain on track to open the expanded bleachers in left and center fields in May and the right field bleachers in June.

Also, work on an elevator will interfere with views from about 75 seats.

The bleachers are still under construction. They will be covered with large panels that show photos of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks who passed away in January.

The left field bleachers are set to open on May 11 and then mid-June, the right bleachers will open.

A second smaller screen going up in right field won’t be up until the All-Star break in July.

The Cubs have admitted they had an aggressive construction timetable and said today that some city sewer work and Sheffield that fell behind and the record cold in November are what set them back.

The Cubs are encouraging people to take public transportation. If you are driving, think about the remote lot on Rockwell just south of Irving Park Rd. The Cubs will have free shuttles to and from the field.

Also announced Tuesday, Fall Out Boy will be performing before Sunday’s game. Ernie Banks’ sons will toss out the first pitch. Gates open at 4:35 p.m. and the game starts around 7 p.m.

 

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