The Wrigley Field bleachers could be rocking again later this month.
The construction crew working on the historic ballpark put benches most of the way up the left-field bleachers before Friday's game.
Bleachers going uppp...on a Friday: pic.twitter.com/TsMg54ReFJ
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) May 1, 2015
Bleachers coming along in the OF: pic.twitter.com/AF0EIxI3VC
— Cubs Talk (@CSNCubs) May 1, 2015
The left-field bleachers are supposed to be open to the public for the May 11 game.
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The progress has the Cubs and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred — who was in town to meet with both the Cubs and Brewers Friday — excited about what Wrigley Field will look like when the renovation is completed.
"It's great," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "It's fabulous. The construction workers have been at it pretty diligently. The weather has been a little bit better for them to do that. It's going to be spectacular; we're all looking forward to it.
"When you start getting the noise coming back in from the outfield, that's kind of a cool vibe, too. Really, really spectacular vision the Cubs have created and we're all looking forward to seeing it come to fruition."
Manfred got a chance to see Wrigley Field Friday for the first time since before work on the bleachers began.
"I had a complete tour before the renovations started, and it's interesting to see how far it's come," Manfred said. "It looks like it's going to be absolutely fantastic. Really exciting for Chicago."
Manfred said he heard about the bathroom issues Wrigley Field experienced on Opening Night and said he felt "the Cubs did a good job of making the necessary adjustments and move forward."
As for all the inconveniences from construction both in the stadium and the surrounding area during the $575 million renovation project, Manfred is looking at the big picture.
"I see the preservation of a ballpark like Wrigley Field as a really, really valuable goal, not only for Chicago, but for all of baseball," Manfred said. "While I recognize that there are inconveniences, there is no way you can accomplish a renovation — it's a 50-year redo — without some inconvenience, so it's the price you pay for maintaining something that's really great."
After Wrigley Field is fully renovated, will an All-Star game come back to Chicago's North Side for the first time since 1990?
"I'm not going to get into any particular year," Manfred said. "I will say this: The interest in All-Star games is probably as strong as it's ever been since I've been in the game — the 20-something years.
"It's a testament to how great the product's been, but Chicago certainly would be a great venue for us."