The Cubs have revealed a $300 million plan to restore Wrigley Field, over five offseasons. “If (the Ricketts family is) going to be allowed to build their business, put signs where they need them, hold games when they need them – they’re prepared write the entire check themselves,” Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney told reporters
The Wrigley renovations will include:
- Adding new batting cages that will be accessible in-game
- The entire upper deck will have the wooden roof removed and new seating platforms will be installed.
- More restrooms will be added, more concessions stands, more restaurants.
- Expanding lower concourses to help with fan congestion
- Adding gathering areas in the upper concourse with skyline views, removing the concrete and upgrading the area around the marquee sign (which will remain untouched).
- Six new elevators around the stadium
- A new entrance on the west side of the stadium down the left field line.
The Cubs are working with architectural firms that have worked on Camden Yards, the Rose Bowl and Fenway Park.
The changes will begin after the 2013 season with the expanded home clubhouse and lower left field area and the upper level in right. The changes will eventually reduce the seating capacity by just 70 seats.