Next month, Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs and the second-oldest major league ballpark in the U.S., turns 100. Naturally, the FRIENDLY CONFINES will be throwing the party of the century. After opening week, each of the following 10 decade-themed home stands will feature retro food, throwback uniforms and giveaways of tchotchkes like a Mr. Potato Head key chain, an Etch A Sketch and bobbleheads honoring folks such as legendary Cub Ernie Banks.
The biggest party, though, will take place April 23 at the ballpark’s 100th-birthday game (vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks). During an extended pregame ceremony, the crowd will welcome back some of Wrigley’s most important icons and players, such as Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams and the aforementioned Banks. And there will be cake for all.
Wrigley Field was built in 1914 for a paltry $250,000. In 1988, it was the last major league park to have lights installed, and it still uses a hand-operated scoreboard. The famous ballpark has seen some of baseball’s most historic moments, from Babe Ruth’s alleged “called shot” in the 1932 World Series to Sammy Sosa’s epic home runs.
“Countless fans have shared emotional stories about visiting Wrigley Field for the first time, where their parents or grandparents enjoyed watching baseball games and where they plan to pass down the same love of the game to future generations,” says Alison Miller, Cubs senior director of marketing.
Without a doubt, Wrigley Field is one of the best places to watch a game. And maybe, just maybe, this will finally be the Cubs’ year. Either way, it’s going to be one heckuva party. www.wrigleyfield100.com