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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrOpened in 1914 as Weeghman Park, the stadium was renamed in 1926 to honor chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley. It is perhaps the most well-known baseball stadium in the world, and is home to the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. As they celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2014, there has been a lot of history in the stadium. From the unique ivy on the outfield walls to the manual scoreboard in center field, it is a monument to the history of Chicago baseball.
FolkloreSince the Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 (before the stadium even opened), there are many anecdotes and stories about Wrigley Field. Perhaps the most famous is Babe Ruth's “Called Shot” during the 1932 World Series, when it appeared that the Yankees slugger pointed to the outfield signaling that he would hit a home run. On the next pitch, he did indeed hit a home run, but some people claim that he was just waving into center field, telling him to back up. Another great anecdote is when the owner of a bar across the street from the stadium was not allowed to bring his Billy Goat into the stadium and placed a curse on the team. Coincidentally, they have not been to a World Series since this story.
Park StatusWhile improvements are currently being made to Wrigley Field, it has been difficult to achieve a full renovation as the stadium has achieved landmark status after more than 90% of it being in use. This means that any major changes to the outfield scoreboard are prohibited, as well as adding more night games each year.
The AreaWrigley Field sits on the north side of Chicago, and the neighborhood around it is named after the stadium itself, Wrigleyville. One of the most unique aspects of the stadium is its location. Instead of being surrounded by massive parking lots just off a major freeway like most stadiums are, it is smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood with many houses and restaurants. It gives it a unique feel that there is a massive stadium right in the middle of a suburban neighborhood, much like a college town setting. Also, you can see Lake Michigan from the stadium depending on where you are seated.
Getting ThereWhether you are from the Chicagoland area or not, there is only one true way to get to Wrigley Field if you are a Cubs fan, and that's by taking the EL Train. Some that come from out of town choose to make the drive all the way through Chicago (which can be time-consuming with traffic), but many will park in Chicago and take the train the rest of the way. For those that live between Chicago and South Bend, there is a train that will drop you off downtown to the short subway ride North. There are also taxis available, ready to take you to the game, but again, that's a good way to get caught in traffic. Residents of Chicago have also taken to riding their bikes to the game as public transportation and green transportation is encouraged, as the Cubs offer a bike check if you come to Wrigley Field.
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Author: koreydbeckett. Last updated: Apr 21, 2015