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Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Home of the Chicago Cubs


Probably one of the best-known baseball fields in the US. Built in 1914, and originally called Weeghman Park, it is also one of the oldest. The stadium was finally named after chewing gum magnate Willam Wrigley, Jr., who bought the Cubs a few years later. The outfield bleachers and the scoreboard were added in 1937 (the score board is still manually operated). In 1988, the stadium finally had lights installed, allowing for night games. The custom of allowing fans to keep foul balls hit into the stands started here, as did the custom of throwing back home runs hit by opposing players.

I found this stadium an interesting one to watch a game. There was little commerciallization here; no dancing mascots or silly games to keep the fans entertained, just many dedicated Cubs fans. It was a bit chilly with the wind coming up from the lake, but not too bad. Unfortunatly it was a bit early for the characteristic vines in the outfield wall of the stadium to come back to life.

PP: This photo was a stitching of about 6 images taken of the stadium. I couldn't get much higher to get it all into view, so I attempted the stitching. I was surprised at how well it came out despite the movement of both the players and the fans. I had to clone out a few ghost images that had appeared. Oh, and they were playing the Cincinnati Reds this day, and unfortunatly the home team lost 6-5.

Info from http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/index.jsp

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