The second oldest ballpark in baseball, Wrigley Field was completed in 1914 and has been the home of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. Unlike many other ballparks, Wrigley Field is in the heart of a residential neighborhood in Chicago. As a result, the lucky fans living in the neighborhoods of Clark, Addison and Waveland get firsthand views of every game.
Nicknamed "The Friendly Confines," Wrigley Field is the 10th smallest baseball stadium in the U.S., with a seating capacity of 41,009 screaming fans. Wrigley is famous for its ivy-colored brick outfield wall, which receives both the praise and ire of Major League baseball players. In addition to the ivy outfield wall, Wrigley is one of the only baseball stadiums where the scores are changed by hand on the scoreboard in center field. Until stadium lights were installed in 1988, the Cubs were the only baseball team to never play night games at home.
Visiting Wrigley Field
Taking in a game at Wrigley Field is one for the ages. Fans arrive at the gates several hours prior to game time, decked out in their blue and white for the opportunity to watch the Cubs' batting practice. Once the game has started, the stadium comes alive with fans cheering for the home team. After making a trip to Wrigley Field, you'll see why Chicago is considered the top sports city in the USA.
Despite the Cubs being in rebuilding mode, the beloved venue is always filled to capacity. As a result, day-of-game tickets are hard to come by. Purchase tickets in advance through the Chicago Cubs' website or through a third-party vendor.
If your visit to Chicago does not allow time to take in a game at Wrigley, the stadium does offer 75- to 90-minute guided tours. Available on both game and non-game days, these tours give visitors an inside look at what is like to be a Chicago Cubs baseball player. VIP tours that include a visit to the locker room and time on the field are available for an additional cost and with advance notice.
The park is conveniently located near public transportation in the Lakeview community of Chicago. There are numerous hotels near Wrigley Field that are within walking distance of the stadium.