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Third incident causes more concern

7/23/2004 - Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs began a thorough inspection of
the concrete on the underside of Wrigley Field's upper deck Friday
after a team employee found a third piece of concrete that
apparently fell from the 90-year-old stadium's upper deck.

After concrete chunks fell at different spots on June 9 and July
16, a team employee found a fragment Wednesday that was
"relatively small, palm-of-your-hand" sized, said Mike Lufrano,
the Cubs' vice president for community affairs.

Employees conducted an inspection before Wednesday's game
between the Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds, and made repairs to the
upper deck, Lufrano said. A follow-up inspection Thursday revealed
a "probable spot" from which the piece fell, Lufrano said.

"Repairs were made and city officials notified," he said.

The team said engineers will inspect the underside of the
ballpark's upper deck and mezzanine levels. The inspection began
Friday morning but the Cubs declined to discuss results.

"We will work with the city to ensure that they are more than
satisfied," Cubs president Andy MacPhail said.

Team management has said the results of the inspection would be
shared with the Chicago Department of Buildings. The buildings
department had asked for an inspection.

A Plainfield man said a brick-sized chunk of concrete fell from
a tier above his family after a Cubs game July 16, nearly striking
his 5-year-old son.

Another fan reported to the city on June 9 that he saw falling
debris along the first-base side, Buildings Commissioner Stan
Kaderbek said. No one was injured, and the Cubs inspected the area
in question at the request of the city, he said.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said Wednesday he would not hesitate
to shut down sections or the entire ballpark to protect fans from
falling debris.