Monday, April 10, 2017

Cubs open new Wrigley Field plaza ahead of Monday's home opener

The Cubs unveiled their new Wrigley Field plaza this morning.
"Today we celebrate the 2016 World Series championship and the opening of The Park at Wrigley," Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said at today's ribbon-cutting ceremony at the plaza on the west side of Wrigley Field.
“Our vision was to create a neighborhood center where families, fans and visitors can find entertainment, unique and local food options and daily attractions in an urban park setting,” Kenney said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was also at the event and said: "Thank you for the memories of 2016."
Today at 3:05, the Park at Wrigley will show Game 7 of the World Series.
The Cubs haven’t played a home game as defending World Series champions since 1909. So there will be plenty of festivities commemorating their championship in the first homestand of the season at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs will hoist their championship banners at approximately 6:15 p.m. First pitch for game against the Dodgers is scheduled for 7:05.
But there's an 80 percent chance of rain at 6 p.m. That percentage drops to 35 percent at 7 p.m.
On the field, the Cubs will wear white uniforms and caps with gold lettering and trim for Monday night’s home opener and Wednesday night’s ring ceremony — in keeping with recent Major League Baseball tradition.
The Cubs advise fans to arrive early for pregame ceremonies that will start at 6:15 p.m. Monday. Cubs alumni will join players in the raising of the 2016 championship banners. Members of the Ricketts family, which owns the team, will throw the ceremonial first pitches.
Julianna Zobrist, the wife of Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist, will sing “God Bless America.” Wayne Messmer will sing the national anthem for the 33rd consecutive home opener.
Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams will lead the seventh-inning stretch.
The party will continue Wednesday night with the ring ceremony. Former Cubs catcher David Ross will throw the ceremonial first pitch and lead the seventh-inning stretch.
The Commissioner’s Trophy will be housed in the Trophy Room in the new Park at Wrigley. Fans can take photos with the trophy starting Thursday. The Park at Wrigley features the new office and retail building along with a Cubs store.
The Cubs will give a replica championship banner to the first 30,000 fans before Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers and a replica World Series trophy to the first 10,000 fans before the April 15 game against the Pirates.

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