It is a rite of spring, baseball in Chicago, and it’s back starting Thursday as the Chicago Cubs begin their 2012 season at home.

The Cubs say they are ready for the game. They play the Washington Nationals at 1:20 p.m.

“The biggest thing is the Budweiser Patio in the right field corner, an area for group sales for 150 fans, up to 150, and also it includes a 7-foot LED board to include more content for all the fans in the stadium,” said Carl Rice, VP of ballpark operations.

Rice said the new Audi suite in the mezzanine level allows fans to enjoy a game with a Cubs legend.

This summer, Wrigley will also welcome Roger Waters and Brad Paisley in concerts. Rice would not confirm rumors that Bruce Springsteen was coming as well.

“Working here, you get to see a little bit of everything every day. I think we’re really excited about the LED sign going on in the right field corner,” Rice said. “We will give the fans more things from the newer stadiums and incorporate that into our 98-year-old stadium.”

The team also gets new batting cages, and the field’s exterior has been updated.

“The [Ricketts] family has invested between $12 to $15 million in redoing the building. We have repainted and added signage. Fans will get a little different look for opening day,” Rice said.

One other new thing that fans will see is that there is ivy on the wall. Typically, we don’t see that until May.