Location: Chicago, Illinois
Address: 1060 West Addison Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60613
Parking: There is limited parking around the venue.
Year Opened: 1914
Occupants: Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs are one of the oldest franchises in professional baseball and can trace their history back to 1876 when they were the Chicago White Stockings. The team changed its name to the Colts and the Orphans in ensuing years, but after a sports writer with the Chicago Daily News gave the team the "Cubs" nickname due to their large numbers of young players, the team adopted it as their own in 1902. After playing in various small venues such as South Side Park and the West Side Grounds, the Cubs moved into Weeghman Park in 1916, which was originally built to house the Chicago Federals of the Federal League. After the league folded, Weeghman and a group of investors including William Wrigley Jr. purchased shares of the Chicago Cubs and moved them to the new venue. Wrigley eventually bought out the rest of the team's shares and became the sole owner - his name was added to the stadium's facade in 1926.
Today, Wrigley Field, or the "Friendly Confines" as fans know it, is like stepping into a time machine into the golden age of baseball. The 41,160-seat venue is the second-oldest stadium in the Major Leagues behind Boston's Fenway Park and has been the site of countless milestones in professional baseball history. Baseball customs like throwing the opposing team's home run ball back onto the field started here, as well as the league-wide practice of allowing fans to keep foul and home run balls.
Despite its age, the Cubs have steadily updated the facility to meet the needs of its fan base, with plenty of concessions, modern bathroom facilities and spacious concourses. Fans who would like to unwind with a burger or a cocktail can check out the Captain Morgan Club, a 600-person outdoor cafe with an expansive menu. Attendees should also check out the Cubs' Hall of Fame, which tells the story of the many great ballplayers that have worn a Cubs' uniform.
While the Cubs are still experiencing the longest title drought of any team in professional sports, the enthusiasm surrounding the team on every opening day is palpable. Chicago fans love their Cubbies, and the unique nature of the team's fan base and the grand old park they call home should make Wrigley Field a must on any baseball fan's bucket list.
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Wrigley Field is a mecca for sports stadiums There are very few sports stadiums in the world that can compare to the authentic feel you get at Wrigley Field. Wrigley is one of the two historic stadiums in baseball (Fenway being the other) that every sports fan must visit. The surrounding neighborhood of Wrigleyville is filled with friendly fans, fun bars and great places to buy a Cubs hat. The outside facade of Wrigley has plenty of great places to snap a photo, my favorite is the Wrigley Field sign. The walkways inside are dark and narrow, but you can feel the excitement build as you move towards your entrance to the field. Once out in the bright sunshine you see the famed ball field and ivy covered wall. A day game at Wrigley, when the sun is shining bright, just feels like the way baseball is meant to be played. Go see a game at Wrigley, you will take home memories that will last a lifetime. September 2, 2011