Even before the last spilled Old Style was cleaned up at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the World Champion Chicago Cubs were breaking ground on updates to the historic baseball park. The 1060 Project is a massive overhaul of the baseball stadium that will include structural upgrades, improved player facilities, new fan amenities, outfield signage (including two video boards), new premier clubs, and expanded concessions.
The 100-year-old ballpark badly needed an upgrade, and it included many of the seats in the aging stadium. Since opening a century ago, the Cubs have had only one seating vendor, American Seating. With last week’s announcement that American Seating sold off its stadium seating division to Irwin Seating, the Cubs and many other stadiums will have a new seating vendor for the first time in decades.
Though it is assumed American Seating or Irwin will hit deadlines for opening day (American Seating is only answering general questions about the transition, explaining that “due dilligence” is not complete), ballparks under construction worry about who is going to deliver the seats.