INFO Wrigley Field, situated in the community of Lakeview, in Chicago, IL, is the longstanding home of the Chicago Cubs. Built in 1914, it follows Fenway Park as the second oldest baseball stadium in the nation, and is the... ... read more
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Wrigley Field, situated in the community of Lakeview, in Chicago, IL, is the longstanding home of the Chicago Cubs. Built in 1914, it follows Fenway Park as the second oldest baseball stadium in the nation, and is the only park besides Fenway that still operates a hand-turned scoreboard.
The baseball stadium was originally built for the Chicago Whales, a team in the Federal League at the time, but the Cubs moved in shortly after in 1916. Retired numbers of Cubs hall-of-famers such as Billy Williams, Greg Maddux, and Ernie Banks are displayed on pinstriped flags hanging from the the foul poles. Despite the history of talent, the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in over a century, setting a record for the longest championship dry-spell of any major sports team in the country.
Wrigley is known for its network of ivy that coils across the brick outfield barriers, but contrary to popular belief, it does not substitute as cushioning for players hitting the ivy wall at Wrigley Field. The park can hold just over 41,000 fans, but there are also bleachers built onto the rooftops of the neighboring apartment buildings that overlook the outfield.
In addition to baseball games at Wrigley, the field was also home to the Chicago Bears of the National Football League until 1970, and the park still allows the occasional concert to take place. Classic rock performers like Jimmy Buffet, Elton John, and the Dave Matthews Band have played within Wrigley’s historic walls.