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We went to three games at Wrigley this weekend. The Yankees first trip back here since the 1938 World Series. All the games were fun and very good games even though the Cubs finally got around to beating us. They took the last two games.
The actual stadium though is my least favorite of any I've seen. In my opinion it is a dump. And whats with Old Style?
That's something that's not said very often, though they did win the night I was at Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs baseball team has been around since the 19th century. Though the team is rarely good, they games are an event unto themselves. Baseball, food, and fun, friendly people - you can't beat it. And Wrigley is considered something of a "beer garden" too. Only two brands are available, though: Bud and Old Style.
Wrigley Field opened in 1914, the Major Leagues' second oldest park, and the fans do come out. In fact, game days are really something of a party - there's a lot of nightlife around the park before and after games, even though it's in a residential area. You'll have a great time inside too - especially if the game is good.
One highlight of Wrigley Field is the seventh inning stretch, where a different celebrity sings "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" every night. Country star Lee Ann Womack sung it the night I was there. It's a tradition from late Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray, who sang it at every game before his death a few years ago.
Get a hot dog and a beer, and join 40,000 or so of your best friends at Wrigley Field. The Cubs play 81 home games a year, from April-September. Tickets can be a little hard to get, but you'll generally have no problem finding them. Have a ball at Wrigley Field.
Equipment: Bring your appetite for cheap food, cheap beer, and a little Ferris Bueller too..."saweeeng battah"!!!!!!
Chicago Cubs Baseball
As much as I despise the Cubs, being a lifelong White Sox fan, Wrigley Field is a must visit while in Chicago. One of the few remaining original ball parks, it is loaded with history. The park is like one giant party. Try to sit in the bleachers if possible and be ready to drink or be annoyed by drunk people. The neighborhood around the park, "Wrigleyville", is also worth visiting. There are many pubs and restaurants that are fun to visit. The whole area is one big party during home games.
Equipment: In the spring and fall bring extra clothing in case of cold weather. In the summer dress light for the extreme heat.
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Cubs the northside's heartache
Ahh what can I say about the Cubs, if you know even slightest thing about sports you know that this clubs have caused too many heartaches for their loyal fans. No matter where your loyalty belongs you gonna try to catch a game while your here.
The world's largest beer garden
The Cubs are one of the most popular baseball teams in the world despite not winning a championship since 1908. Wrigley Field has become a tourist destination because of its party atmosphere and the fact that it is the second oldest baseball park in Major League Baseball. If you are male and want to have a good time with your buddies, sit in the outfield bleachers. These rowdies are as close to soccer hooligans as there are in the United States. The opposing team is constantly heckled, no matter what the score.
If the game is sold out, you can find tickets at Stubhub.com. Or, you can go to the ticket brokers in Wrigleyville the day of the game. There are several ticket broker offices near the Addison train station, across the street from Wrigley Field. They will often sell tickets for face value or close to it if it is just before game time. They would rather break even than lose money.
Nice oldfashioned Baseball
Watching the Cubs at Wrigley field is a really special event. The stadium is smaller and not as modern as others I've seen, but it has a very special flair and atmosphere.
It was built in 1914 and is the second-oldest ballpark in the majors behind Boston's Fenway Park (1912).
Originally known as Weeghman Park, Wrigley Field was built on the grounds once occupied by a seminary.
The Wrigley Field bleachers and scoreboard were constructed in 1937 when the outfield area was renovated to provide improved and expanded seating ... the original scoreboard remains intact.
The original vines were purchased and planted by Bill Veeck in September 1937 ... Veeck strung bittersweet from the top of the wall to the bottom, then planted the ivy at the base of the wall.
Equipment: Be sure to get seats under the roof, so you're not depending of the weather. But take warm clothes with you... A game can last about 3 hours and it it can get cold at night!
It is allowed to take bagpacks into the ballpark, as well as cameras and video equipment, but no bottles or glass containers. And you aren't allowed to bring your own food!
Where to Buy Cubs Tickets
I see lots of forum postings about where is the best place to purchase Cubs tickets for upcoming games. Wrigley Field is one of the few stadiums where having a winning season does not really impact the ability to get tickets. Chicagoans love Wrigley and will visit the ballpark despite the Cubbies record. Face value tickets range from $14 to $40 depending where they are. With that said, here are some suggestions for finding single game tickets:
1) Ask someone with season tickets (or better yet a company) for seats to a game.
2) Try to buy them online at http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com Click on Schedule. If it is a home game and has a "T" in the box, then tickets are available.
3) Look for them on Craigs List (chicago.craigslist.org). Here non-scalpers (usually folks with season tix who cannot make a particular game) try to sell and buy tickets. Most people will not gouge you but you usually have to pick them up locally and pay cash. Be careful as there are always a few ticket brokers who post on the board.
4). Try a ticket swap site such as Stubhub.com, tickettrader.com or http://www.wrigleyville.biz/confines/
Equipment: 5). Pay exhorbant ticket prices to a broker
6). Try to get tickets the day of the game at the ticket office. The office opens at 9:00 am and they may have available tickets that were set aside for players, etc. This can be risky though.
7) There is always eBay and scalping outside the stadium the day of the game as a last resort.
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Definately check out a baseball game at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.
The atmosphere is fab. I have never been into baseball - particularly coming from England where it isn't shown much.....
It really is totally different being there than watching it on TV, and Wrigley Field, built in 1914 is somewhat of a ledgendary place....
Wrigley Field is home to Chicago's much loved but luckless Chicago Cubs. The Cubs have an unfortunate history of letting their city down when it comes down to the wire, but this doesn't stop the Chicago faithful from thinking this could be the year.
Watching a Cubs game at Wrigley Field is another can't miss experience, if you're in town during the season when the Cubs are playing at home. Just be sure not to mention anything about the curse of the billy goat. People from Chicago really hate that.
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First off, I am a White Sox fan. Let me clear that up. Second, I enjoy going to Wrigley Field (so sue me, Sox fans).
Cubs baseball is the #1 show during Chicago summers. Wrigley Field, built in 1914, is a historic ballpark with unmatched charm in a lively North Side neighborhood full of bars and restaurants. Although they haven't won a World Series since 1908, and haven't played in one since 1945, the Cubs still sell out frequently. In fact, 2003 was the first time the Cubs had won any postseason series since 1908.
In some ways, Cubs baseball echoes life - every spring is filled with optimism, and every fall is filled with the gloom of a long winter ahead. From the ivy in the outfield, to the manned scoreboard, to the neighborhood rooftops, this place is all about what baseball was and should be - for the fans. Baseball at Wrigley Field is a celebration.
Rabid fans at night games, families and business people playing hooky from work and school at day games, beer vendors, and the 7th inning stretch are what make the Cubs the Cubs - not the Cubs themselves, not the "curse", not Ernie Banks. Wrigley Field and the fans are the Cubs.
On the field, the Cubs have much promise with a powerful lineup, solid pitching, and some good young players. Is this the year? Only time will tell. Well, at least one thing is for sure - they're still the Cubs, and we all know what that means in the end.
Equipment: Yeah, good luck finding tickets. The number for Cubs is 866-652-2827 for out-of-state callers. You never know if you don't try. Sometimes, if you are lucky, tickets are released on game day. Otherwise, you will need to know someone or try your luck with a scalper or ticket broker. Don't be surprised to pay minimum $50 for the worst seat in the house.
If you can, try to get a seat to experience the bleachers. There is nothing like it.
Some facts: No batted ball has ever hit the scoreboard. This was the sight of Babe Ruth's called shot in the 1932 World Series. The first night game did not take place until 1988, when lights were added to the park. Tradition says that if an opposing team hits a home run, the fan who catches it must throw it back onto the field (you will get booed if you keep it).
(Sox win first, then the Cubs can win as many as they want)
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Even if you don't like baseball...
This is a must for any tourist during baseball season (april-september) when the Cubs are in town. Just get a ticket, ride the "el" to the ballpark, grab a dog and a beer, wish for a nice day and cheer along with everyone else as the Cubs try (and try, and try...) to make it back to the world series.
Make sure to stay until at least the seventh inning for the traditional singing of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" which is usually lead by a celebrity of some sort.
We had great weather (72(f) degrees at the first pitch) and great seats.
Alas, the Cubs lost so there was no rejoicing in Chicago that night.
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Baseball is America’s “National Pastime” and one the fans in Chicago take seriously. The Cubbies season generally runs from April to October. Individual game tickets are available through Ticketmaster online, by phone or at the Wrigley Box Office. If you don’t have tickets on game day you can always try buying them from scalpers in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. The bleachers are traditionally filled by the “Bleacher Bums”, die hard fans of the Cubbies. If you can get tickets here you’re in store for a raucous good time. Bleacher seats are always in the sun, so be prepared to scorch and wear sunscreen, but they’re also difficult to come by. Sitting elsewhere in the stadium I advise bringing a jacket even in the heat of summer. There’s always a mysterious little breeze that occasionally blows though and can chill to the bone even in August. Opening Day it always seems to snow! Okay, that might be a little exaggeration, but it does happen. If you’re going to a game in the spring months layer up and bring a blanket. The “cheap seats” are SRO (standing room only) and eve these sell out, so plan ahead and buy your tickets early. When in doubt check out the game at a nearby bar to join in the Wrigley experience. The easiest and fastest way to get to the field on game day is by taking the Red Line El train to Addison. You won’t be able to miss the park. Parking in the area is costly and traffic is tedious so don’t drive if you don’t have to. The games are always popular but good luck getting tickets when they’re playing the White Sox or Yankees. And this year the Red Sox will be an impossible ticket.
Equipment: Wear your Cubbie Blue!
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Take me out to the Ball Game
No friendlier place in Chicago like the friendly confines at Wrigley Field.
Even if you can't make it for a game, the stadium is still a spectacular for photos. It has that old-time, coffee only costs a nickel atmosphere that just makes you feel at home.
Equipment: Game time: baseball mitt for errant foul balls
Plenty of $$ for baseball treats: peanuts, cracer jack, beer.
Wrigley field and the Cubs.
While drinking pints at the local hole while in Chicago , I got into the typical sports discussion with a local and we talked about the Cubs.
I'd ask why it was so hard to get tickets to a cubs game....that is, an inexpensive ticket, and he just shrugged his shoulders and said they were popular.
It should looked that way too for when I went to order tickets online I couldn't get tickets for a game that month! Ugh.
The Cubs seem to have a major rivalry with the St Louis Cardinals, who are 4 hours to the south of Chicago. A lot of Cardinals fans head up to Chicago when the two teams play each other.
If you are in town and want to get tickets, I suggest you either go to the ticket booths early in the morning (they release some tickets the morning of a game), buy them from a scalper, or get them well in advance.
The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field
If you're in Chicago during baseball season, you just have to go to a game. Wrigley Field is such a phenomenon in itself that you can buy Wrigley Field T-shirts, that don't even mention the Cubs. Wrigley was built in 1914 by Charlie Weeghman and is the second oldest major league park. The score board was built in 1937, which remains intact and is still hand-operated.
There are no bad seats at Wrigley, but if you want to really get into the spirit of the game, you've got to sit in the bleachers. Get there early to pick your seat, and then it's Olde Style and Polish Dogs for the rest of the day.
Beware, the bleachers can get pretty rowdy-heckling opposing teams' fans, drunks chasing homeruns, and if you're lucky a bachelorette party of 10 wearing feather boas and spilling their beer on you
Fun Fact: No batted ball has ever hit the scoreboard, although two homers have come close
Equipment: An Olde Style and a Polish Dog
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