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U.S. Cellular Field Renovations in Chicago. Left image courtesy HKS, Inc.

U.S. Cellular Field Renovations

  • COMPLETION DATE
    2005

Overview

Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design services for renovations to the existing ballpark. The new modifications include refitting the baseline seating configuration, upgrading the main concourse level to allow fans to be closer to the playing field, and adding 600 club seats behind a new home plate, bringing the total number of seats to 43,850. In addition, the video and advertising boards were replaced, a new canopy was installed above the upper grandstand and an existing pedestrian bridge spanning over 35th Street was renovated to ease fans’ entry to the ballpark.

Also included in the master plan is a new grand entrance at left field. Amenities include a three-story restaurant, an addition of an outdoor terrace to the popular Bullpen Sports Bar, and upgrades to the club concourse.

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