With construction continuing on Ivy at Berlin Place, the South Bend Cubs (Low A; Midwest League) are playing a role in reshaping Four Winds Field and the surrounding area. Currently, construction is taking place on the Ivy at Berlin Place at its location beyond the left field wall at Four Winds Field. Led by Cubs owner Andrew Berlin, the development will include residential units, a rooftop space with views of Four Winds Field that should resemble the rooftop experience of games at Wrigley Field, and amenities such as retail.
At this point, apartment units are expected to be available for rent beginning this summer. Once it is complete, fans attending games and visitors to South Bend could notice a difference, as the Ivy at Berlin Place should help to strengthen the link between Four Winds Field and other development taking place in downtown South Bend. More from ABC 57:
The man whose Chicago-based family made its fortune in the packaging business believes creating a mixed use package of sports, housing, shopping and entertainment will be a winner.
“We’re aiming for professionals, we’re aiming for people who want to be in downtown South Bend in a great apartment. They don’t even necessarily have to be baseball fans, it’s going to be beautiful on its own,” Berlin said.
Berlin has worked hard to bring Major League touches to Minor League ball.
“If we provide them with a space that is clean and safe, interesting and innovative and delightful and surprising, they’re going to buy more tickets here more often than ever before! They’re going to tell their friends and families about it and our attendance is going to grow,” Berlin said.
Berlin purchased the franchise in 2011, and there have been some significant changes in the period since. Upgrades have been made to Four Winds Field, while the team succesfully rebranded from the Silver Hawks to the Cubs prior to the 2015 season. Since making that change, the team has achieved several attendance milestones, with that surge in attendance even being credited in some circles with helping to bring more investment to downtown South Bend.
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