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Wrigley Field: Intimate, Beautiful, Zany
1. Famous Wrigley Field Sign in Front of Stadium
2. Kristi [Dabs} in Section 33, Row 5, Seat 5 at Wrigley Field
3. View from my seat of the Original Scoreboard that is still used today [score is kept by hand rather than electronically]
4. Statue of Harry Caray, announcer for Cubs for years
5. Famous quote from Harry Caray.
I love Wrigley Field; it's historic, rowdy, & home to my husband's beloved CUBS.
Today, it's called the "Friendly Confines" & the 2nd-oldest ballpark in the majors. Next year will be the 95th season for Wrigley Field.
These new photographs were taken on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 when Kristi [Dabs} and I went to the game against Houston and had great tickets in the box seats [5th row from the field] on the first base side!
Originally known as Weeghman Park, it was built on the grounds once occupied by a seminary. When called Weeghman Park, it was home of Chicago's entry in the Federal League & owned by Charles H. Weeghman. 1916 was the first year a National League game was played at the park, & the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings. Believe it or not, a bear cub was in attendance at the game.
The park became known as Cubs Park in 1920 after the Wrigley family purchased it. In 1926 it was named Wrigley Field in honor of the club's owner, William Wrigley, Jr.
1. No batted ball has ever hit the center field scoreboard.
2. A tradition of flying a flag bearing either a "W" for a win or a"L" for a loss atop the scoreboard after a game.
3. Original vines were purchased & planted by Bill Veeck in September, 1937.
4. Ernie Banks' # 14 and Billy Williams' # 26 flies from the rightfield foul pole. This year Ron Santos' # 10 was added.
5. Wrigley Field didn't have lights until 1988.
6. Ernie Banks' 500th career home run on May 12, 1970 was here.
Too bad I could not add to that list that in 2003 the Cubs won the World Series!!!!!
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Go see a Cubs Game!
Wrigley Field is located in the heart of a very vibrant Chicago neighborhood! If you want to attend a truly memorable American baseball game, this is it! Have a Chicago dog while you're at it. They're great!
The Friendly Confines
Even if you can't ame it to a game, or you're not even a baseball fan, Wrigley Field is a must. Built in 1914, it's one of the oldest major league parks in the country.
What I liked about the park is it's simple and non-commercial atmosphere. The scoreboard is 68 years old and hand-operated. The park holds 38,902 people, but it doesn't feel like one of those big hundred million dollar sports arenas-there are no big screen TVs or fancy light shows-just a lot of people having fun supporting their team.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
We took a drive North, along the Lake while we could, through neighborhoods where we couldn't be next to the lake. It's so interesting how the neighborhoods transition from one type to the next. We past through a hispanic zone where everything was in Spanish and sidewalk vendors sell ethnic specialties. Then we were in a mostly black neighborhood, and gradually you could see where it became more alternative stores and shops and restaurants and gentrification started to take over. I saw a burger joint that said "Wrigleyville" and said, "Hey, we must be near Wrigley field!" The girls said "Gee, you think?" I was in the back seat and couldn't see the huge ball field a block in front of us. Let me make that the big FULL ball field. And just as we came adjacent to it the crowds roared! Someone obviously hit a home run. As we circled the stadium the entire crowd sang "Take me out the ballgame" in unison. It was the most amazing experience. On the roofs of the buildings across the street from the stadium are bleachers filled with more people. People hang from windows and balconies of the surrounding buildings. It was a huge kick. We drove around a couple more times and then got out of there just before the game ended.
You must attend a daygame at Wrigley Field
Oh yeah- you have to sit in the bleachers too! What a park! I saw 14 games there last year. Get there early for batting practice and watch Sammy hit bombs. The bleachers are one big party. Make sure you throw the ball back if the opposing team hits a homer. When the game is over go hit up Wrigleyville-it rocks!
Abandoned for winter, Wrigley Field is still a great sight. Although I am not a big baseball fan it was still exciting to see Wrigley Field with all of its history. It is located just three blocks from where I was staying and the "L" stop that I used was right next to Wrigley Field.
Aside from being home the the historic Wrigley Field, this neighborhood offers ecclectic shopping, specialty boutiques, and antique galleries. The quality nightlife and fine dining make it a great place to spend an evening. Many of the restaurants in this area are BYOB, so make sure you do a little research if planning a dinner!
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Wrigley Field / Watch Out For Foul Balls
A foul ball did come my way... but i was scared it would hurt so i pretended like it was just out of my reach. I didnt fool my friend who was with me though. She was like "what was that., you totally had that!!" I did totally have it! Anyways... It wouldnt be a trip to Chicago without catching a game at the famous Wrigley Field. One of the oldest stadiums in MLB. Even if you dont enjoy baseball all that much, its a ball park full of character and history.
Its just a short "L" ride from dowtown (about 15 minutes) and you can almost always get tickets to the game. Come on! Their the cubs, can you remember their last winning season. Besides i went to Wrigley Field to see Wrigley Field.
Anywhere you sit in the stadium puts you right in the game. When it comes to buying the tickets, i will recommend what i always recommend when it comes to "all" tickets for sports or concerts, or whatever it is. Do a little research into the average ticket price. Best way to do this is to simply first go to the box office window and see what the price ranges are, then go back to the scalpers ( They will be waiting for you the minute you get off the L ) If they cant give you a better price then the box office, then always buy from the box office. Remember to always ask to see the tickets first, check the dates, the times, the names of the teams, 95% of the time u dont have to worry. But like i say, if you have my luck, you been hit by that 5%. So check the tickets, and always try to give the exact amount when you pay. Count it out infront of them first so they cant reccount it and say you didnt give enough. They are magicians. After you got your ticket, be sure to get a picture infront of the world famous Wrigley Field sign,and then enjoy the game...
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The thing that struck me about my first visit to Wrigley Field is that it really is a part of the neighborhood. It's almost as fun to visit when the Cubs are out of town. Take a walk around the neighborhood. See some of the houses. Grab a bit to eat and have a few beers - there's taverns aplenty. And the souvenir shops are open even when there's no game.
And, oh, the Cubs play there some 81 times a year. If you can get tickets. And say hi to Ferris for me...and tell him he's missing school!!!
Wrigley Field is great during hockey season!
Wrigley field is the second oldest ball park and it really like walking into history when you walk into the stadium. At the stadium dont expect your normal advertisements everywhere and huge jumbotrons. I am however not recommending to route for the cubs (Go CARDINALS).
We also attending the NHL Winter Classic here, which is the best sporting event I have ever attended!!
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Baseball. Everyone knows of it. Well here it is again. Its best when ya go with a group of friends. Its even better when ya get to drink. Its like a expensive bar with the game right there! Sometimes its can be boring, sure someone will hate, but hey ... I got to goto 2 Cubs games within a week period! All for the best price, FREE!! Both times the seats were pretty good. One was between home plate and 1st base, the second was a little past 3rd. The crowds always talkitive, specialy if drinking, and well the food... not to shabby. Its a great time and can be a pricey day/night, but well worth the experience.
The best ballpark in the world. Drink beer, admire the bricks and greenery, and belt out the seventh inning stretch. The trough urinals in the men’s room offers the ultimate male bonding experience.
And heckling, don’t forgot to heckle! The WGN cameras caught me once. Here are some timehonored classics:
Fee Fi Fo Fum, (player’s name) is a ******* bum!
Is there a player on the field with a history of spousal abuse? Sing this one to the scumbag:
(to the tune of “Camp Down Races”)
(Jerk’s name) beats his wife, do da, do da.
It’s great if you’re within earshot; a friend of mine got the evil eye from Wil Cordero, but the crowd loved it!
And the ultimate umpire heckle:
Blue, if you grew a new eye you’d be a Cyclops!
Wrigley Field is Chicago Cubs baseball stadium built in 1914 as Weeghman Park for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales. It seats 41,000 and the guided tour took us behind the scenes and told us a lot of history about the park.
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During the baseball season (end of March - beginning of October), going to a Cubs game is THE thing to do in Chicago. Especially on a Friday, where the game usually starts around 1pm. Tickets are sold all over the internet but I recommend buying them in advance on the official Cubs website. Also, sit in the bleachers: it's the most fun area where you can really meet tons of cool people. Get yourself a Chicago hot dog and curly fries with melted cheddar, and a couple of frozen Mai Tais and just enjoy the game! After the game, it's a tradition to continue the festivities by going "pub crawling" in the many bars of the neighbourhood.
Beware: When you're having fun and drinking cold drinks, you don't realise it but.... hello, sunburns! Therefore bring a cap/hat and wear sunscreen!
Extra: Buy a Cubs tshirt or a Cubs cap before heading to the game (there are merchandise stores inside Wrigleyfield, too) so you can fit in and join the fun. It will also be a nice souvenir.
Wrigley is one of the last standing monuments of Major League Baseball, along with Fenway and Yankee Stadium. Built in 1914, it is the second oldest of the Major League ballparks. It was purchased in 1920 by the Wrigley family and renamed Wrigley field in 1926. The famous ivy was planted in 1937, and Wrigley was the last major league park to add lights for night games in 1988. The official seating capacity is 41,118.
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