Cubs hold official groundbreaking for Wrigley Field renovation project

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The Cubs held an official groundbreaking today for renovations at Wrigley Field. It’s being called the “1060 Project” in reference to the stadium’s address at 1060 West Addison Street. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and MLB commissioner Bud Selig were both on-hand for the festivities.

The Cubs hope to have the $575 million Wrigleyville renovation completed by Opening Day in 2018. The first of four phases will take place this winter, including plans for seven new outfield signs and a massive jumbotron above the left field bleachers. The Cubs have 177 days to get the work done before Opening Day next season.

There’s a long way to go in the process, but Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com that he hopes the new-look Wrigley Field will host an All-Star Game once renovations are completed.

“Obviously, we’d love to host an All-Star Game when the renovations are done,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said. “It’s been about 30 years since our last All-Star Game. I’ll leave the rest of that to private conversations with the commissioner.

“But hopefully we’ll have an announcement at some point that brings an All-Star Game to Wrigley Field.”

You can look at details of the project here.