Friday 18 Oct, 2013

Explore America’s Baseball Parks: Wrigley Field

Baseball playoffs are here and even though this team didn’t make the cut, we’re still checking out their ballpark for its beauty, history, and of course, its ivy-covered walls. We’re looking at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, IL.

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Wrigley’s Past

Home to the Chicago Cubs since 1916, Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark behind Fenway Stadium in Boston. (Read more about it that from an earlier blog.) It was originally called Cubs Park between 1920 and 1926 before taking the name of the then Cubs owner and chewing gum tycoon, William Wrigley, Jr.

Fun Features

Ivy-covered walls: The only ballpark with ivy lining the outfield walls, it was planted in 1937 to try and beautify the stadium. And while it’s thick enough for a ball to get stuck in—it’s not so thick to pad a running player trying to make a great save.

Rooftop seats: For those not able to score tickets, surrounding buildings have rooftop seats that overlook the stadium. Back in the day when ballparks were trying to build higher and higher walls to prevent this type of thing from happening, Wrigley Field embraced it. Today, these rooftop seats have become legendary themselves.

Wrigley Trivia

  • Wrigley Field was the last ballpark to install lights, not putting any in until 1988.
  • Wind patterns in the park create unusual ball movements and make Wrigley one of the most unpredictable parks to play at in the Majors.
  • Since it’s opening, the Cubs have never won a World Series (but you’ll still see plenty of Cubs gear if you’re on a class trip to Chicago).