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Lucky wristband No. 3300 started the box office line at Wrigley Field today, and I imagine thousands more of you are sitting in the comfort of your home or office snapping up seats right now.
Tom, Laura and Todd Ricketts served coffee and greeted fans as they waited through the frigid cold to snap up those last tickets to Opening Day and series against the White Sox and Cardinals.
The Ricketts family shook hands and talked to fans for over an hour — and they’re in the same boat as us.
“Hey, we’re getting closer,” Tom Ricketts said. “Opening Day is just around the corner. It’s very, very exciting.
“It’s great to meet the fans because we are fans,” he added. “It’s really natural for us to come out and shake hands and talk to people. The best part of all of that is everyone is just very excited. Everybody just wants to get to the season.”
Though fans were briskly ushered through the Wrigley Field concourse, Tom said he is excited for fans to see the extensive renovations of Wrigely Field.
“We’re doing a lot. Everything we could identify that could be done by Opening Day we really attacked. The best thing is I want to talk to people after they’ve had a chance to see a few games and hope they feel that the changes have been worthwhile. That’s what I’m most excited about.”
Well, I guess we should start the countdown to the home opener: 52 days.
— Sean Ahmed
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For those of you that remember last off-season’s intensive field reconstruction, this year’s project is much less intensive. Last year’s reconstruction leveled the crowned infield and installed 6,800 linear feet of pipe as part of a state-of-the-art drainage system.
This year, as part of the agreement to host the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, the NHL is paying for new sod to be installed. The harsh weather surrounding the event — which reached 60-degree highs and below-zero lows — left the field damaged in some areas. The work started last week and is nearing its completion, though heavy rains briefly delayed work while the bare field had to be covered with the tarp.
Carl Rice, senior director of facility management and information technology, shared some interesting details on this year’s field re-do:
? The sod is a bluegrass from Colorado. It’s trucked in already cut and rolled.
? The old grass was removed and required 30 trucks in all to take off-site.
? Roughly 100,000 square feet of new sod was brought in, and it just replaces the top inch of the field.
? After last year’s work, the field is now sand-based instead of dirt-based. “That’s why the layer underneath the grass looks yellow instead of brown, like your lawn would look at home,” Rice said.
— Sean Ahmed