One of the cornerstone stadiums in baseball, Wrigley Field is located on the North side of Chicago, Illinois and is the home of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs.
Originally built in 1914 for the Chicago Whales who played in the Federal League, the stadium was called Weeghman Park.
The stadium is the oldest stadium currently in the National League of Major League baseball, and is the second oldest in all of baseball behind the Boston Red Sox’ Fenway Park.
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The stadium is named after the original, famous chewing gum company, Wrigley, after its owner William Wrigley Jr. purchased the team in 1921.
• 1060 West Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613
• Capacity: 41,268
• Opened: April 23, 1914
• The stadium took longer than most modern fields to build, with the total duration lasting over 3 years. Ground was broken on the project on March 4, 1911, and the first game played there on April 23, 1914.
• In 1918, the Cubs’ franchise was sold to William Wrigley Jr., the owner of the chewing gum company, Wrigley. He purchased the team for $500,000 from the former owner, Charles P. Taft.
• The team was again sold in 2009, this time to the Ricketts family. They’ve since been pursuing a number of renovations to the famous, old ballpark to bring it up to the level of other modern day ballparks.
• On September 29, 2014, renovations began with an expansion of the stadium and the outfield bleachers. The stadium was extended further into the adjacent streets to accommodate the change.
Current and Past Teams
Chicago Whales (FL) (1914–1915)
Chicago Cubs (MLB) (1916–present)
Chicago Tigers (APFA) (1920)
Hammond Pros (NFL) (1920–1926)
Chicago Bears (NFL) (1921–1970)
Chicago Cardinals (NFL) (1931–1939)
Chicago Sting (NASL) (1977–1982; 1984)