The latest renovations of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, are on track and will be ready in time for the team’s home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 8. Among the most significant upgrades are the new upper-deck concession areas and restrooms, three new clubs inside the park and a new bar where the former Captain Morgan Club/Draft Kings Fantasy Zone was located. Read more and view over 200 photos here.
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PRESS RELEASE – The Chicago Cubs today announced the organization has agreed on a two-year Player Development Contract extension with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans through the 2022 season. The announcement also included extensions for Triple-A Iowa, Double-A Tennessee, and Single-A South Bend. Single-A Eugene signed a four-year extension through 2022, announced this past August.
Multi-year strategic partnership between the Chicago Cubs and Gallagher Insurance includes naming rights to “Gallagher Way,” iconic Wrigley Field’s Western Gate, Left Field Bullpen Door and Videoboard Feature sponsoring late inning insurance runs. Gallagher to become Cubs’ official insurance brokerage, benefits and risk management services partner. Read more here and here.
There are just a handful of Major League Baseball teams that have maintained a strong neighborhood association and identity. Read more here.
Actor/Director Joel Murray was in Chicago directing a half-hour indie TV pilot called “Vendors,” about a guy who loses his job and his girlfriend and ends up back at his old stomping grounds, working as a vendor at a baseball stadium. The pilot was shot at Northwestern Medicine Field, home of the Kane County Cougars (Single-A, Midwest League), as well as other locations in Chicago. Read more here, here, and here.
The Chicago Cubs are calling in a new lineup that will serve up more than just peanuts and Cracker Jack. To lead their Chef Series for the next three months, the team is bringing in some of Chicago’s best chefs to serve gourmet, ballpark-inspired dishes at Wrigley Field. Read more here.
Taking a shot at the hordes of Chicago Cubs fans in their ballpark, the Cincinnati Reds introduced the “Bandwagon Cam.” Read more here.
When the Chicago Cubs picked hometown agency Schafer Condon Carter to handle their marketing in 2012, the World Series was nothing but a fever dream as the team hit a low point during pro sports’ longest and most infamous drought. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Tempe (AZ) Mayor Mark Mitchell said at a recent forum hosted by the Valley Partnership commercial real estate group he would like to see the planned $183 million Streetcar system extended to the Chicago Cubs spring training home in Mesa. Read more here.
On April 26th 1941 at Wrigley Field, Ray Nelson played the first strains of organ music ever heard at a Major League baseball game. Read more here.
An appeals court in Chicago says a one-man publisher can sell his baseball magazine on a sidewalk just outside Wrigley Field after all. Read more here.
Under plans revealed Tuesday by Rosemont (IL) Mayor Brad Stephens, a new American Association baseball franchise would take up residence at proposed $50-$60 million, 7,000-seat baseball stadium in 2018. The preliminary site plan was developed by Minneapolis-based Snow Kreilich Architects, which designed CHS Field, home of the league’s St. Paul Saints. Read more here.
The new video board at Wrigley Field made its debut in Sunday night’s opening game against the St. Louis Cardinals, bringing high-tech to the Friendly Confines without the disruptive jolt feared by baseball traditionalists — at least according to one architecture critic. Read more and view photos here. View pre-game Facebook photo here.
It was April of 1974. I was just a 23 year-old kid fresh out of college and only weeks into my first ever baseball job as Assistant to the President of the Texas League, Bobby Bragan. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Class A minor league baseball team playing out of Four Winds Field in downtown South Bend has changed its name. The announcement was made official by Andrew Berlin, sole owner of the team who was joined by the President of the South Bend team and top management from the Chicago Cubs in a press conference held early today at the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading
Owners of the rooftop clubs near Wrigley Field sued the city Thursday, seeking to block a city-backed plan that will allow the Cubs to expand the aging ballpark. Read more here
In a series called “Ballpark Quirks,” Sports Illustrated takes a look at the distinctive features and oddities that make up each of MLB’s 30 parks. Up now: Wrigley Field’s brick and ivy outfield wall. Read more and view photos here.
The Chicago Cubs have taken a step toward with their plan to renovate Wrigley Field, as the city’s landmarks commission on Thursday signed off on a project that includes a second video board, outfield signs as big as 650 square feet, light standards in the outfield and seats replacing the current bullpens down the foul lines. Read more and watch news report here. Read more here.
The Chicago Cubs are on the July 10 agenda for the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and expect to win approval for their revised plan to renovate Wrigley Field, including seven outfield signs — two of them video scoreboards. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link. Meanwhile, the rooftop owners have agreed not to sue if only two signs are erected. Read more here.
The Chicago Cubs released a revised plan for Wrigley Field’s renovation Tuesday that calls for new signs, including some that would block the view from nearby rooftop venues, and warn that the team’s management would consider moving to another site if they are not allowed to control their ballpark. Read more here. Watch video from Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts. Go to WrigleyField.com.
It was Happy 100th Birthday for Wrigley Field on Wednesday, and according to first-hand accounts shared with us and all the news reports, the celebration did not disappoint. Read more and watch fans singing “Happy Birthday” here. Read more about the day and check out the Cubs chairman gushing in the broadcast booth. Still can’t get enough? Read the “Friendly Confines Still a Baseball Mecca” by Joe Mock via USA TODAY Sports. Bring back memories by checking out Mock’s top 13 moments in Wrigley Field history and photo gallery, also via USA TODAY Sports.
The celebration of the century kicks off Wednesday as Chicago’s Wrigley Field marks one hundred years. Read more and watch news report here.
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.
Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com recently visited the new spring-training complex for the Chicago Cubs in Mesa (AZ). With a whopping 4,600 words and 34 pictures, Mr. Mock’s comprehensive review covers the stadium’s development, design and construction, amenities, concessions, and overall fan experience. Read more and view photos here.
The Chicago Cubs unveiled their new Spring Training ballpark in Mesa (AZ) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, ending a five-year project to keep the team in the city. Read more watch video here.
The new $99 million spring training complex for the Chicago Cubs in Mesa (AZ) will be opened to the public during an event scheduled for 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. The event will include self-guided and trolley tours of Cubs Park and Riverview Park. Read more here.
The new spring-training facility for the Chicago Cubs in Mesa (AZ) will be known as “Cubs Park” for the time being. The ballpark is nearing completion and will host its inaugural game on Feb. 27 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The city plans a grand opening of the facility on Jan. 25. Read more here. View photo gallery here.
WGN-AM 720 said in a statement Wednesday that radio color analyst Keith Moreland is leaving after three seasons to devote more time to his family. Moreland joined the Chicago Cubs’ radio team with play-by-play broadcaster Pat Hughes in February of 2011. 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.
Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com got an exclusive guided tour of the brand-new spring-training complex for the Chicago Cubs that is nearing completion in Mesa (AZ), courtesy of officials from Populous and Hunt Construction. It’s very cool to get our first look at the new facility. Thanks, Joe! Read more and view photos here.
Eric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com take a look at the former West Side Grounds Field (1894-1920), the former home of the Chicago Colts, Orphans and Cubs. Read more and view photos here.