A glimpse at what’s new this season
What’s up with those fancy renovations we’ve been hearing about? Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts is still planning the $300 million renovation project (the proposal includes a new roof, additional restaurants, a mini- Jumbotron screen, increased restroom capacity, expanded concourses, a left field fan deck and a new clubhouse and underground batting cages for the players), but if it gets approved, we won’t see results until a few years from now. (The project will be done during offseasons over a five-year term.)
Here’s what is happening this year: In addition to the 30 currently planned night games, Wrigley will also once again open its doors after dark to host a couple of summer concerts. Pearl Jam (lead singer Eddie Veder is a big Cubs fan, you know) is set to play the stadium on July 19, while Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett are scheduled to perform on July 20.
Vegetarian fans won’t starve in the Friendly Confines this year. The stadium will offer veggie hot dogs as well as a veggie chopped salad. Other new menu items at Wrigley include a “French Dip” style Italian Beef sandwich, which will be available in Sheffield Grill (located on the right field main concourse). Wrigley Field will also see some new merchandise options. A new women’s MLB licensed line of clothing from Victoria’s Secret PINK will be featured at the ballpark. Junior Cubbie fans can get in on the action, too, thanks to new strollers, diapers, bags and more making debuts in the merch areas.