The Chicago Cubs are behind schedule on the renovation to Wrigley Field's bleacher seats. With less than 72 hours before the first pitch, a newly erected jumbotron stands tall in left field, while two empty section where the old bleachers used to be, are still under construction for what the club said will be another two months.
Come Sunday night, those holes in left and right field will probably be covered in festive tarp promoting the renovations to the friendly confines. At least the jumbotron is working.
The facelift to the 101-year-old ballpark has been shrouded in controversy. The new video board going up in the right field may cause obstruction problems for some of the unique, rooftop seating at Wrigley. But now, the $375 million renovation project's phase of upgrading the bleacher seats will cause an inconvenience for fans until mid-June.
As the old saying goes on the north side of Chicago, "wait 'til next year." The bleacher expansion phase will be done by the summer (hopefully), but Cubs fans have waited longer for other things. That other thing is a World Series title.
The Cubs have not won a World Championship since 1908. That's 106 years and counting. Another two months or so waiting for the bleacher seats will feel like a couple of hours when you are talking about waiting and the Chicago Cubs.
By 2018, the renovations to Wrigley Field will (should) be complete. It will be a better (and safer) place to watch a game. Fans are probably hoping the Cubs win a World Series championship before the renovation is finished. You would think they've waited long enough, already.