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Old Posted Jan 27, 2015, 7:08 PM
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During the 2015 Cubs Convention it was announced that the Wrigley Field bleachers won’t open until at least May 11.

The left-field bleachers won’t open until May 11 at the earliest while late May is the target for the right-field bleachers, according to Crane Kenney, the Cubs president of business operations. Safety issues will prevent the center-field section from being open before May 11.

There are about 5,500 bleacher seats, which includes the additional seats in the renovation.

About 2,000 season ticket holders will be affected by the delay. They can receive a full refund for home games up to May 11, receive a credit for those games before May 11 or have their seats relocated to the grandstand for home games before May 11.

The Cubs couldn’t place a steel order for the bleachers until they received approval from local authorities because Wrigley Field is under landmark status. The steel earmarked for the bleachers is expected to arrive early next month, Kenney said.

The temperature must be 35 or above for about 28 days before bolts, railings and safety equipment can be installed into the concrete in the bleachers. The right-field section will experience more delays because access to Sheffield Avenue was delayed by sewer work stemming from an old water main that took longer than expected to repair, Kenney said.

The new video board in left field will operate by the start of the regular season and feature up-to-date statistics of each player with replays and pitch speeds. The right-field board is scheduled to be ready by late May.
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