Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cool Info On Wrigley Renovation

Wrigley Field is in the midst of a four year renovation project.  This is what the ballpark looks like right now.

It's a pretty significant and expensive project.

But it's not the first time the park has undergone major construction.

Nine years after the park opened, over the winter of 1922-23, it underwent a huge expansion.  The existing single decked grandstand (the upper deck didn't come for another 12 years) was sliced into three pieces.  Two of the three pieces were moved and then new seats were added between the moved pieces. The field was also lowered and addition seats were added in front of the original grandstands.  All of this increased the capacity from 18,000 to 31,000.

It's hard to imagine slicing a ballpark into pieces and moving some of those pieces.

I saw a blog post on the site There Used to Be A Ballpark that did a beautiful job of showing and describing the process.  They even have an article from Popular Mechanics that detailed what was done.  It's fascinating stuff.  If you have any interest in old ballparks or Wrigley Field, you need to check it out.


  1. As a Reds fan who lives in Chicago, even I'm super excited for the renovations. From all I've read, they are doing it the right way in that they'll preserve the history first while also adding modern amenities that will make it more fun (albeit more expensive, I'm sure) for fans.

  2. As long as they don't drop a space ship on top of the history, Re: Soldier Field