The celebration of the century kicks off Wednesday as Chicago’s Wrigley Field marks one hundred years. Read more and watch news report here.
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While working on an article on Wrigley Field’s long history for USA Today Sports Weekly, Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com interviewed political commentator, Pulitzer Prize winner, and baseball fan George Will, who just released a book on The Friendly Confines entitled A Nice Little Place on the North Side. Read full interview here. Read more about Will’s book here.
Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is turning 100 this year. Here are 10 things you might not know about the ballpark: Read more here.
The Chicago Cubs on Wednesday briefly raised a mock-up of a 650-square-foot script sign at Wrigley Field as a test run to allay fears of nearby rooftop club owners who don’t want to see their lucrative views of the playing surface blocked by signage. The rooftop owners were not satisfied. Read more here. View photos here.
Wrigley Field-like rooftops at the new Ballpark Village taking shape outside Busch Stadium will be part of the St. Louis Cardinals experience when the season opens in April 2014. Read more and watch video here.
In ESPN The Magazine‘s Sept. 30 Franchise Issue, Rachel Ullrich takes a look at a number of few gut-busting food items available at six Major League Baseball ballparks. It’s early Tuesday morning, and we’re thinking PNC Park’s Brunch Burger would hit the spot right now! Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Chicago Cubs today unveiled the logo to celebrate 100 years of Wrigley Field in 2014. Brandon Ort of New Bremen, Ohio, submitted the winning design for the “Wrigley Field Turns 100″ logo contest before this season. Continue reading
DuPage County (IL) Board Chairman Dan Cronin says he’s given the go ahead to the county’s economic development board to begin scouting for potential stadium sites for a possible new stadium for the Chicago Cubs. Read more here.
Don Babwin from the Associated Press takes a detailed look at the emergent battle between the Chicago Cubs and rooftop owners outside Wrigley Field over the team’s proposed improvements/ signage that could negatively impact views. Read more here.
Nearly half of the voters in a Chicago Tribune/WGN poll said they side with neither the Chicago Cubs nor the rooftop owners in the ongoing debate to renovate Wrigley Field. The team’s efforts were backed by 28 percent of voters, while the rooftop owners were backed by 21 percent. Read more here. Meanwhile, the Cubs have launched a new website for their renovation push.
Bob Nightengale from USA TODAY Sports has written a comprehensive and informative piece about the neighborhood battle raging over proposed plans to renovate Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. It’s a good read. Read more here. Thanks to Joe Mock for the link.
We think there is a little huffing and puffing here, but Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts is threatening to move the team out of Wrigley Field if ownership doesn’t receive approval from the city for upgrades, including more signs in the outfield and a giant video scoreboard. Read more here. Thanks to Joe Mock for the link.
The Chicago Cubs have reached a deal with the city of Chicago to give Wrigley Field a $500 million facelift, which will include the installation of an electronic video screen that is nearly three times as large as the hand-operated scoreboard currently atop the center-field bleachers. Read more here. Rooftoppers are a tad concerned. Read more here.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is partnering with four Major League Baseball stadiums to advertise the fun of Sin City. The four parks chosen include Dodger Stadium, Wrigley Field, Rangers Ballpark, and Citi Field. Read more here.
The Chicago Cubs unveiled renovation plans for inside and outside of Wrigley Field at a neighborhood meeting Tuesday evening. Proposed plans include adding a hotel across the street and a community gathering place for people to come and watch outdoor movies. Read more here.
At a cost of $400,000, the Chicago Cubs are completely replacing the field at Wrigley Field, which has taken a beating from all the non-baseball events held on the playing surface this past year. To reduce future wear and tear on the new turf, the Cubs are expected to curtail the number of on-field activities. Read more here.
By a 5-1 vote Thursday, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks’ permit review committee approved a plan by the Chicago Cubs to move the brick wall at Wrigley Field three feet closer to home plate to make room for 56 premium box seats. The team also received permission to reconfigure a nearly 12-foot-long section of the wall along the third-base line to make it movable for football games. Read more here.
One of the last surviving members of his craft in the industry, Chicago Cubs organist Gary Pressy celebrates 25 years at Wrigley Field, and he says he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Read more here.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has apparently offered up the All-Star Game at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, as an incentive to the city to encourage a public-private partnership to update Wrigley à la Fenway Park. Improvements to Wrigley are pegged at $300 million, with an additional $200 million for the new “triangle building.” Estimated economic impact of the ASG to Continue reading
Can D’AIQ Architects do for Wrigley Field what they did for Fenway Park to bring the facility into the modern era without destroying its character, history and all things that make this park great? Blair Kamin from the Chicago Tribue’s Cityscapes journal explores this fundamental question. Read more here.
The Chicago Cubs have a $500 million plan on the table to bring Wrigley Field up to snuff, including $300 for the stadium itself and $200 million for a new “parking, entertainment and multiuse structure off the west wall of the ballpark.” The Cubs also have a proposal to pay for it. Read more here.
Chicago Tribune reporter Paul Sullivan takes a look at a few changes inside Wrigley Field, including the new Budweiser patio in right field and the LED board underneath the scoreboard. Read more and view video here.
Diageo, the owner of the Captain Morgan and Jose Cuervo brands, has signed a multi-year deal with the Texas Rangers to secure the naming rights for the new 9,000 square feet restaurant and sports bar at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. It shall be known as the Captain Morgan Club. Sounds like the place to be! Read more here and here. View photos Continue reading
The Chicago Cubs have announced the addition of the Budweiser Patio to the right-field bleachers at Wrigley Field. The new deck will provide capacity for up to 150 fans and include a new 75-f00t LED board. Read more here.
A press conference has been scheduled for Tuesday to announce that Pink Floyd will be bringing “The Wall,” a concert/show based on the group’s 1979 concept album, to Wrigley Field next summer. According to group founding member Roger Waters, it looks like Wrigley won’t be the only baseball stadium on the 2012 summer tour. Read more here.
Rookie announcer Andrew Belleson, 24, is nearing the end of his first year with the Chicago Cubs. Belleson, a long time Cubs fan, won the job after competing against nearly 3,000 other YouTubers who auditioned for the role. Read more and watch video here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Chicago Cubs fans are crying in their beer that the relationship between Old Style beer and Wrigley Field could come to an end after the 2011 season. Pabst Brewing Company is reportedly considering pulling the plug on the 61-year partnership. Read more here.
Beer sales are reportedly down 30 percent at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field. Arguably, “The weather, the losses, and the no-shows…” are at least part of the problem. Attendance is down 2,313 and 1,117 per game for the Cubs and White Sox, respectively, so far this season. Read more here.
MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons called Wrigley Field a “dump” on “The Mully and Hanley Show” on WSCR-AM 670 on Friday and thinks the Ricketts family might not realize how much mega investment ($100-$250 million) it’s going to take to rebuild it, like the owners of the Red Sox updated Fenway Park. Read more here.
Sara Lee’s Ball Park Franks are out at Wrigley Field, and Chicago-based Vienna Beef is back in. Reportedly, Vienna Beef was the hot dog vendor at Wrigley until 1982, when it lost the contract. Sara Lee has been the facility’s hot dog vendor since 2008. Read more here.
We are not telling you anything you haven’t already heard on ESPN and elsewhere, but don’t forget to enjoy a little college football this weekend, when Northwestern and Illinois face off at Wrigley Field at 3:30 p.m. (EST), then Notre Dame will battle Army at Yankee Stadium at 7:30 p.m. (EST). Read more here.
The Chicago Cubs installed a giant macaroni and cheese noodle outside Wrigley Field with the slogan “You know you love it” written across it. The “noodle art” is another new revenue generator for the Cubs in an advertising deal with Kraft. Read more and view photos here.
The Chicago Landmarks Commission has given its approval to allow the Chicago Cubs to place a large lighted Toyota sign at Wrigley Field. However, Alderman Tom Tunney, who represents the ward that includes Wrigley, remains opposed to the idea. The Cubs must still get past the City Council Buildings Committee, which won’t be easy without Tunney’s support. Read more here. In a letter to fans, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts explains the team’s position.
The Chicago Cubs and Northwestern University are expected to announced at a news conference today that Northwestern will play Illinois in a Big Ten Conference matchup at Wrigley Field on Nov. 20. Read more here.
Despite rumors to the contrary, the Ricketts family has indicated that there are no plans to sell naming rights to Wrigley Field. However, with future renovations pegged at $400-$600 million, we are not so sure that this isn’t on the table. Continue reading
Looking to snag the 2014 All-Star Game for the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field, new owner Tom Ricketts has his eye on repairs and upgrades that will improve the fan experience in and around Wrigley. New resturants, retail shops, and a Cubs hall of fame are envisioned for the surrounding area. However, there are no plans to sell naming rights or install a jumbo tron. That said, it appears that the Ricketts plan to go about this Fenway style, which is good news to us. Read more here.