Cubs: Wrigley Field safe, ready for home opener

Cubs say Wrigley Field will be ready for home opener against the Cardinals
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The Chicago Cubs say that Wrigley Field will be ready for the team’s home opener on April 5 against the St. Louis Cardinals despite offseason construction to the stadium.

The team will debut a new 3,990-square-foot video board in leftfield, but the left and rightfield bleachers won’t be completed. The leftfield bleachers are expected to be completed by the middle of May, with completion of the rightfield bleachers scheduled for mid-June.


Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts has said that the $375 million renovation to the stadium will take an extra year to finish.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green was upset about rumors spreading about the ballpark not being ready or safe and that team would possibly have to move the opener to U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.

“This has been the most disturbing (rumor),” Green said to the Chicago Tribune. “We’ve hit an all-time low for Wrigley Field rumors and myths. … We’ve said time and time again, we will not cut corners on this project, and we’re going to do this project right and responsibly.”

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Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney admitted last month that the team considered playing their entire home schedule at Milwaukee’s Miller Park because of delays to the renovation of Wrigley.

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