The Cubs had a groundbreaking season in 2015, as they made it four wins away from their first World Series appearance since 1945. This offseason, the North Side club is breaking a different kind of ground as construction continues on Wrigley Field as a part of its ongoing 1060 Project. Last year, renovations on the century-old stadium spilled into the regular season, and the outfield bleachers weren't open until June. This year, another round of improvements are set to make Wrigley feel more like a 21st-century ballpark while still keeping its historic charm.
The Cubs' 2015-2016 offseason projects include a new exterior façade on the western wall of the park, a much-needed expansion of the restrooms, a new ticket office, a pair of temporary batting areas and improvements to the center field bleachers. On top of that, construction is set to begin on a new office building and plaza, broadcast center and a hotel in early 2016. The hotel will replace the McDonald's on Clark Street, so late-night, fast food-loving zombies of Wrigleyville will be forced to head to Taco Bell for the value menu processed products.
Future phases of the 1060 Project will include a two-story retail and entertainment complex in the right field corner that will replace the Captain Morgan Club, as well as a revamped upper level.
As far as we know, the renovations will not disturb Kyle Schwarber's playoff home run ball, which is enshrined above the right field video board. Perhaps the updated stadium will give the Cubs the extra "oomph" they need to make a World Series run in 2016.
Check out renderings of what Wrigley Field will look like in the near future:
Upper level concourse
Retail and entertainment complex
Plaza and office building
Restored western façade