Unknown to many, history lurks under Wrigley's remodeled bleachers

In some ways, the more things change in the bleachers at Wrigley Field, the more they stay the same. Fans arrive early in hopes of snagging a batting practice home run. Bleacher bums still razz opposing players and toss back their home runs. Mass quantities of beer are consumed.

When catcher Miguel Montero launched his decisive grand slam in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers into the right-field stands, the fans in the outfield went berserk, hurling half-filled cups of brew onto their fellow bleacher creatures and leaping into the arms of strangers. It was all par for the course.

The remodeled bleachers, however, do allow for quieter, and drier, ways to soak in the ballpark and playoff atmosphere for fans who pause and take a few steps off the beaten path.

Underneath the left- and right-field bleachers are tributes to the Cubs‘ greatest players and the team’s greatest moments, often overlooked attractions in the expanded and upgraded seating area that can supplement the traditional outfield fan experience.

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