Chicago Cub fans – or really, any Chicagoans at all – may be getting excited that Wrigley Field will be getting a makeover. Though the renovation plans are not final, the changes will likely include more community space with places for farmers markets and outdoor movie screens.
According to DNAinfo.com, the plans were announced this week by Cubs’ manager of community outreach Jennifer Dedes Nowak. Nowak explained that the renovations will take place in phases over the next four years. Currently, the baseball team is asking residents living near the field what they are hoping for and other local input.
Many of the improvements will take place on the field itself – including a new roof, more practice space for the baseball players, bigger dugouts and upgrades to the locker rooms, batting cage and luxury boxes.
But many of the changes will be expanding to the outside community.
“Development of the field’s adjacent triangle property – the area west of the ballpark now occupied by a temporary ice rink and parking lots – aims to transform the spot into a neighborhood entertainment and community hub,” the news source reported.
Plans show a new rink, places for community events and farmers markets and outdoor movie screens. The area would also include a retail plaza and more office space for the Chicago Cub employees.
This idea – of including large outdoor screens to increase involvement – can be used by other companies renovating community or public centers. By screening movies outside, high volumes of people, especially important at a Chicago Cubs game, can view films comfortably.