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5 Reasons Why Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field Is Awesome

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5 Reasons Why Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field Is Awesome

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A visit to iconic Wrigley Field in downtown Chicago, Ill. is definitely a bucket list worthy item. The past 100 years haven’t been kind to the Chicago Cubs, but their park remains one of the coolest plots of land in all sports. This hallowed ground is shaped by the people and traditions surrounding the game, making Wrigley the unique tourist attraction for hopefully another century to come.

5. The Scoreboard

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5. The Scoreboard

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Don’t expect any fancy bells and whistles at West Addison Street with a manually run scoreboard including game stats and box scores around the league. Wrigley has refrained from keeping up with the Joneses in implementing a replay screen, playing it old school baseball as it was intended. No player has ever hit a home run off the board safely perched in center field.

4. Traditions

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4. Traditions

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Wrigley Field was the first ball park to allow fans to keep home run and foul balls in 1915. Chicago fans have also established traditions of their own throwing back the opposing team’s home run balls, showing their distaste for the unwanted souvenir. The song “Take Me out to the Ballgame” is sung over the loud speaker during the 7th inning stretch by a celebrity or well known figure.

3. Rooftop Seating

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3. Rooftop Seating

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Can’t find a ticket inside Wrigley Field’s walls? No problem. Buildings outside the park in left and right field have rooftop seating with unique packages for food buffets and lounge areas in the multi-floor houses.

2. Ivy In The Outfield

In 1937 general manager Bill Veeck came up with the idea to grow ivy on the outfield brick. Any ball that lands in the woody plants is deemed a ground rule double. There’s no other sport that plays by their own sets of rules more than baseball, and the Wrigley ivy is a prime example.

1. 100 Years Old

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1. 100 Years Old

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As the oldest ball park in the National League, Wrigley Field has seen it all including six NL pennants, Sammy Sosa’s home run chase, Steve Bartman forcing his way into the NLCS and 100 years starving for a World Series ring. Along with Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs need to make sure these historical landmarks keep their doors open for as long as possible.