Score a home run during your upcoming trip to the Windy City head to Wrigley Field for an afternoon of big hits and low pitches! Wrigley Field is a baseball stadium located in Chicago. It was built back in 1914 and has served as the home of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. Located in the community of Lakeview, Wrigley Field is one of the most iconic stadiums in all of sporting history. Travelers in Chicago exotic car hires flock to this unique venue every year, and not just to watch a baseball game. The stadium also hosts concerts and other outdoor events.
A stadium steeped in tradition
Travelers in Chicago exotic car hires may be surprised to learn that Wrigley Field is the oldest National League ballpark, and the second oldest active major league ballpark (after Fenway Park). Over the year’s, Wrigley Field has developed some pretty interesting amenities and traditions, the following of which are just a few:
The Ivy Covered Brick Outfield Wall
Travelers in Chicago exotic car hires will have no problem spotting this unique feature, which covers the entire outfield wall. Although this ivy appears to “pad” the wall, this couldn’t be further from the truth. There have been occasions where fielders have been injured when slamming into the wall in order to catch a fly ball.
As with many old-time ballparks, Wrigley field is surrounded by buildings that afford a “freebie” look at the game from rooftop seating areas. Stadium management tolerated these unique seating arrangements for years, until some of the building owners began constructing bleachers and selling tickets to watch the game from their roof. In 2003, the stadium went to far as to line the screens that top the outer walls with opaque strips, blocking the views from the surrounding rooftops. Eventually, the building owners agreed to share a portion of their proceeds with the Cubs, and the Cubs were given permission to expand their own stadium seating. Travelers in Chicago exotic car rentals can still see these rooftop seating areas during their visit to the park, and/or purchase tickets to sit in the bleachers located there.
Wrigley Field is one of the last parks to maintain a hand-turned scoreboard, which is located about the center field bleachers. Installed back in 1937, no player has ever hit the scoreboard with a home run. The scoreboard is still manually operated today, which scores coming in through a computer. A number turner watches the scores closely, and updates the display by manually replacing the numbers from within the scoreboard. Since the field is recognized on the National Register of Landmarks, efforts to change the signs configuration and install a modern jumbotron have been stalled.
The Main Entry Marquee
Travelers in Chicago exotic car hires are greeted by this familiar icon, which rests atop the main entrance to the park. Installed back in 1934, the large red sign reads “Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs, and includes white lettering in an art deco style.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
The traditional singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at Wrigley Field was instigated by the Hall of Fame announcer Harry Caray. Today, former players, Hollywood actors, and sports starts from other teams are invited to come and sing during the Seventh Inning Stretch. Travelers in Chicago exotic car hires may remember seeing stars like Ozzy Osbourne, Eddie Vedder, Tom Arnold, and Jim Belushi singing at past games.
If you’re planning on visiting Wrigley Field during your upcoming trip to Chicago, don’t forget to schedule a tour of the facility. Travelers in Chicago exotic car hires can call 773-404-CUBS to book their tour.