Wrigley Field

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Wrigley Field
The Friendly Confines
View of Wrigley Field (2007)
View of Wrigley Field (2007)
Earlier names

Weeghman Park (1914-1920)
Cubs Park (1920-1926)

place United StatesUnited States Chicago , Illinois
Coordinates 41 ° 56 '52.9 "  N , 87 ° 39' 20.5"  W Coordinates: 41 ° 56 '52.9 "  N , 87 ° 39' 20.5"  W.
owner Chicago Cubs
operator Chicago Cubs
start of building March 4, 1914
opening April 23, 1914
First game April 23, 1914
Chicago Federals - Kansas City Packers 9-1
Renovations 1937, 1988, 2014-2018
Extensions 1922, 1927, 2006
surface race
costs 250,000 US dollars (1914)
architect Zachary Taylor Davis
capacity 14,000 places (1914)
18,000 places (1915)
20,000 places (1923)
38,396 places (1927)
38,902 places (1998)
41,118 places (2006)
41,072 places (currently)
playing area Left Field - 355 ft (108.2 m)
Left-Center Field - 368 ft (112.2 m)
Center Field - 400 ft (121.9 m)
Right-Center Field - 368 ft (112.2 m)
Right Field - 353 ft (107.6 m)
backstop - 60.5 ft (18.4 m)
  • Chicago Cubs Games (since 1916)
  • football
  • Concerts

The Wrigley Field is a baseball - Stadium in the northern US city of Chicago in the state of Illinois . The Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB) have been based at the stadium since 1916 .


The stadium was built in 1914, was initially called Weeghman Park and was the home of the Chicago Whales from the Federal League. It had initially accommodate 14,000 people and cost at that time 250,000 US dollars . The first National League game took place here in 1916 when the Cubs moved in after changing hands. In 1920 it was renamed Cubs Park after the Wrigley family, owners of the chewing gum factory of the same name , took over the team. It was not renamed Wrigley Field until 1926. At that time there was also a Wrigley Field in California, which was originally called that, but was built according to the Chicago original.

Wrigley Field is, after Fenway Park to the Boston Red Sox of 1912, the second oldest venue in the MLB. In 1988 it was the last stadium in the league to be equipped with a floodlight system. To date, out of consideration for the residents, only a limited number of games can be played in the evening. A special feature are the seats outside the outfield, even outside the stadium. The owners of the houses across from the stadium have installed bleachers on their roofs, which is why the Cubs have sued some of the owners. Before the 2004 season, an agreement was reached with the owners and the seats can be sold on, but the Cubs receive part of the proceeds. Another special feature is the outfield wall, made of bricks and overgrown with ivy, planted in 1937 by the then treasurer of the Cubs, Bill Veeck .

On January 1, 2009, the NHL Winter Classic of the National Hockey League (ice hockey) between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks took place on Wrigley Field in front of 40,818 spectators . The Red Wings won the game 6-4.

The stadium is the subject of a running gag in the film Blues Brothers . Elwood confesses to his brother Jake that he gave the address 1060 West Addison as his place of residence when he issued his driver's license. Jake replies without hesitation, "That's Wrigley Field". However, the Chicago police later attempted to arrest the Blues Brothers at this address. Even the Nazis of Illinois, who while looking for the Blues Brothers, got the address while listening to the police radio, fell for the deception and are seen in the film in front of the entrance portal of the stadium, completely confused.

2014 celebrated the Wrigley Field with the "Party of the Century" ( German  "party of the century" ) its 100th anniversary. The focus was on ten Chicago Cubs homestands, i.e. ten home game series. Each was dedicated to a decade in Wrigley Field's history. In addition, the Chicago History Museum prepared a large photo exhibition with many historical photos of Wrigley Field.

Since October 2014, Wrigley Field has undergone an extensive renovation in four phases. The work should extend into 2018 and cost 460 million euros.


Interior panorama from 2009

Web links

Commons : Wrigley Field  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ History Chicago Cubs, accessed September 12, 2014
  2. Wrigley Field celebrates its 100th birthday in 2014 . Travel EXCLUSIV magazine website, accessed December 12, 2013.
  3. stadionwelt.de: Delays in the renovation of Wrigley Field Article from January 24, 2015