The messages scribbled in chalk by Cubs fans on the brick walls outside Wrigley Field will be removed, the team announced.
After the Cubs won the World Series, the walls became a sort of impromptu tribute to the team and to fans who didn’t live long enough to see the championship. Off-season construction will require the team to remove the messages, however.
“Due to the start of off-season construction, we will need to fence in these beautiful postseason memorials and remove the artwork from all areas of the ballpark,” president of business operations Crane Kenney wrote in a letter to fans, according to the Chicago Tribune. “While we hate to remove these cherished messages, chalk is a fleeting medium. To preserve these images, we will continue to photograph the outfield bleacher walls so we may share these postseason wall messages publicly in the future.”
Fans are allowed to leave messages on the wall until 5 p.m. Tuesday, at which point the drawings will be photographed for preservation.
Kenney added that the team hopes drawing on the walls “will become a Wrigley Field postseason tradition.”