Wrigley Field looking green again

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • From this view taken from the "knothole" fence in right field, the infield begins to take shape with the new sod. By the end of the day, the entire infield area was completely covered in new grass.

    From this view taken from the "knothole" fence in right field, the infield begins to take shape with the new sod. By the end of the day, the entire infield area was completely covered in new grass. Courtesy of Al Yellon/www.bleedcubbieblue.com

  • Rolls of new sod lined the sidewalk outside Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon as workers continue rebuild ingthe playing surface. A Cubs fan site, BleedCubbieBlue.com, has more photos.

    Rolls of new sod lined the sidewalk outside Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon as workers continue rebuild ingthe playing surface. A Cubs fan site, BleedCubbieBlue.com, has more photos. Courtesy of Al Yellon/www.bleedcubbieblue.com

 
Daily Herald staff report
Published11/15/2007 12:16 AM

The massive reconstruction of Wrigley Field's playing surface, started shortly after the close of the season, is now showing signs of life.

Crews began putting down new sod Wednesday, starting with the infield and working their way across the 93-year-old ballpark.

 

The project, which includes a total renovation of the drainage system and the removal of the field's crown, is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

White Sox groundskeeper Roger Bossard is overseeing the project, which will eventually be turned over to Cubs groundskeeper Roger Baird for upkeep.

As part of the reconstruction, about 7,500 tons of dirt were removed and the playing surface was lowered about 14 inches, according to Cubs officials. Additionally, about 6,000 feet of piping was installed to hold up to 60,000 gallons of water.

The Cubs Web site, www.cubs.mlb.com, offers daily video views for members of its fan club. More pictures also can be found on fan Web site www.bleedcubbieblue.com.

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