Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
Home of the Chicago Cubs
A baseball game at Wrigley is more than just a ballgame…it’s a celebration.
The atmosphere at Wrigley is one of a town that loves its team and its ballpark, an atmosphere that has been built up over a century of Friendly Confines baseball.
Wrigley Field is everything a ballpark should be…it’s historic, full of dark green seats, decorated with beautiful ivy, in view of the rooftops of two streets of nearby houses, located in a neighborhood full of restaurants and souvenir stores, and full of diehard fans of the local team that have spilled out of a train station.
Consider the reaction to NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon’s calling it “Wrigley Stadium”. Wrigley isn’t a stadium, not by any stretch of the imagination. It isn’t a huge, monstrous dome with a plastic playing surface. It doesn’t hold 100,000 people. It is anything but devoid of character.
Wrigley Field is as much a Field as Fenway Park is a Park. Calling it a Stadium is almost a slur.
Ernie Banks frequently called Wrigley Field the “Friendly Confines”, a nickname perfectly apt. Wrigley Field is Friendly—full of fans who are as happy as can be, except when the Cubs win, which makes them even happier. Wrigley is nicely Confined too, placed within a small city block surrounded by row homes with bleachers on the roof, and souvenir shops and restaurants just steps away from the ballpark.
It isn’t just inside the ballpark. The entire neighborhood revolves around Cubs games—so much so that it has an unofficial name: Wrigleyville. There are dozens of fast-talking ticket vendors, young drummers beating on buckets, and taverns crowded to overflowing during and afterwards.
All of them sharing a philosophy: forget your problems and the world’s problems. You’re at Wrigley, and that’s all that matters.
So I’m here, as always, to help you forget any problems you’ve had with a day at Wrigley.
Chicago Cubs Tickets: There are many ways to get Cubs tickets as documented in the Wrigley Field E-Guide, but here is my recommendation when using third party sellers like StubHub.
Wrigley Field Seating: Every level of Wrigley Field has its own advantages, but here are some great tips: both a website to help you avoid that dreaded obstructed view, and some things you should know about the Bleachers.
How To Get To Wrigley Field: There are many ways to get to the Friendly Confines from many directions; here is my favorite, at least when coming from out of town.
Wrigley Field Food: Here is the general lowdown on what to eat at Wrigley Field.
More Wrigley Field Food: They’ve really added a lot to the concessions menu at Wrigley, but I had the good fortune to nail down a Chicago Dog…read a bit about that.
Wrigley Field Extras: There are some things you should not miss when visiting the ballpark on the North Side…I’ve listed my top three “Don’t Miss It”s here.
Wrigley Field Photos: Finally got around to getting some images of the Friendly Confines up...have a look.
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Wrigley Field A Dump? Here is Mr. Ballpark E-Guides' response to Peter Gammons calling Wrigley Field a dump. The nerve of some analysts.
Wrigley Field Renovations: And since the Cubs are about to embark on half a billion dollars worth of Wrigley Fix-ups, I thought I'd offer some suggestions of my own. Click here to read them.
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