Source: Cubs to add seats behind home

October, 2, 2012
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs intend to add 56 new premium seats behind home plate at Wrigley Field, a source confirmed Tuesday, and the change has the potential to add another $1 million in income per season.

First reported by Crain's, the Cubs intend to dismantle sections of the brick wall behind home plate and add a new row of seats. The changes would make the tight quarters behind home plate even cozier at the historic ballpark.

The Thursday agenda for the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, which was obtained online, said the Cubs intend to relocate “the existing wall behind home plate, (with) installation of new seats and construction of two high voltage electrical vaults within the existing steel trusses at the roof level over the grandstand seats."

The agenda confirmed the addition of the 56 new seats, while also saying that the brick and stone cap behind home plate will be salvaged, while the wall will be moved 3 feet closer to home plate. Another elevator is also proposed behind the first-base stands to go along with one that already exists behind the third-base stands.

Because Wrigley Field has historical status, the committee needs to approve all modifications.

President of baseball operations Theo Epstein, whose job is to oversee the on-field product, said he did not know of any proposed changes to Wrigley Field.

Epstein was asked how he would feel about the reduction of foul territory behind home plate.

“I would probably want to sit down and study it," he said.

Epstein suggested he would have some input if a change like that were to take place.

“I'm sure it would be a conversation that everyone would have," he said. “You try to have discussions about these types of things. But I don't see it as a big deal, honestly, one way or another. It's only a couple of feet. We'll see."

An additional 56 prime tickets to sell for each game next season would mean 4,536 seats over the course of the 81-game home schedule. If those seats were to sell for at least $220.50 for each game, it would give the Cubs just over $1 million in income per year.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for and ESPN Radio 1000.



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