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Volume 25 No. 63
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Wrigley Field To Have Faster Cell Service, Other Upgrades By Opener

Expanding of netting down the first- and third-base lines also is projected for completion before April 9
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There are upgrades coming to Wrigley Field that "likely will be highly pleasing" to Cubs players, including the "widening and relocation of the dugouts, the addition of two batting cages and the installation of a trainer’s room adjacent to their third base dugout," according to Mark Gonzales of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Much of the excavation on the first and third base sides is "designed for the Makers Mark Barrel Room and the W Club, and is scheduled to open" in '19. Construction on the Catalina Club in the upper level behind home plate "also is targeted" for '19. The American Airlines 1914 Club "remains on schedule for the April 9 home opener against the Pirates." Cubs VP/Communications & Community Affairs Julian Green said that offseason work also "includes expansion of concession areas, although those won't be completed" until '19. Among the other upgrades scheduled for completion by the home opener are "two elevators behind the home plate area and faster cell service." The expanding of netting 20 feet further down the first- and third-base lines also "are projected for completion before the opener." Eight new concession stands "are to open by July" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/10).