Cubs release statement on chalk messages on Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs fans started writing inspirational messages on chalk before Game five of the World Series on the walls outside Wrigley Field.
It has since been nicknamed "the Friendly Chalkboard" by the fans but now it has been taken down erased due to the planned construction.
"Due to the start of offseason construction, we will need to fence in these beautiful postseason memorials and remove the artwork from all areas of the ballpark," Cubs president of operations Crane Kenney. "While we hate to remove these cherished messages, chalk is a fleeting medium. To preserve these images, we will continue to photograph the outfield bleacher walls so we may share these postseason wall messages publicly in the future. We are humbled by the beautiful memorials you created as testimonials to your faith, perseverance and generational connection to our beloved ballpark and team. … You have developed what we hope will become a Wrigley Field postseason tradition. … We also are very appreciative of the use of chalk, which produces a creative and colorful display that does not damage our historic brick walls, which include bricks dating back to the 1920s."