New video boards behind both the left and right field bleachers improve the views for fans at this historic ballpark.
Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs, is undergoing a multi-phase, $575 million restoration and modernization program dubbed the 1060 Project. The project includes enclosures for the new video boards behind the bleachers in left and right field. Mike Underwood of All-American Exterior Solutions of Lake Zurich, Ill., jumped at the chance to be a part of the 1060 Project. “I’ve been a Cubs fan my whole life,” Underwood says. “I gave them a blank bid sheet—they could pay whatever they wanted.” Underwood was joking, of course, but he was excited to be a part of the restoration and modernization of Wrigley Field. All-American Exterior Solutions has worked on several sports facilities in the Windy City, including practice facilities for football’s Chicago Bears and basketball’s Chicago Bulls. “That’s one of our niche areas, sports facilities,” Underwood says. “They are prestigious projects, but they come with their challenges, given very tight v for completion.”
The colors were Gettysburg Gray to match the back of the historical scoreboard in center field and Scoreboard Green to match the front of the scoreboard and the exposed steel studs supporting the new video boards.
Durability, speed of installation and color-matching ability guided the specification of wall panel products as part of 2015’s most visible sports venue restoration in the United States.
The video board in left field is four stories tall, providing more than 3900 sq. ft. (42 × 95 ft.) of high-definition viewing pleasure for fans. Metl-Span’s CF30 architectural panels in two colors and a smooth finish were installed on the sides, bottom and back of the video boards. The team also installed panels to enclose adjacent elevator areas. Underwood said Metl-Span’s CF30 panels helped the Cubs save time and money. “Because the CF30 is an air and water barrier, it could be installed directly to the stud framing,” he says. “That eliminated the need for gypsum board and a separate air and water barrier. That allowed us to get everything enclosed much faster and at a significant savings.”