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Stadium Opened: 1914
Capacity: 41,118
Dimensions: LF- 355 ft.  CF- 400 ft.   RF- 353 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: Weegham Park, Cubs Park

Parking: Good Luck! Many of the parking lots near the park offer parking in which you will be blocked in. Meaning that, you can't leave until almost every person parked in the lot returns back to their car since your car will be fit in like a puzzle piece. We parked in the Taco Bell lot in this picture for $25. Check out how close the cars are parked to each other. There is a remote lot available with a shuttle. Parking in the remote lot is $6. The parking issue was my biggest complaint about Wrigley Field.

 

Wrigleyville: The neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field is known as Wrigleyville. Several houses contain rooftop bleachers with a view into the park. There are also some bars and restaurants surrounding the park, such as "Murphy's Bleachers" and "The Cubby Bear".

 

Bleachers: One of the most popular places to sit at Wrigley Field is in the bleachers. The bleachers are a general admission section, so it's first come first serve. Arrive early so you can get a good seat.

 

Statues: Near Gate D is a statue of Cubs legendary broadcaster, Harry Caray. There is also a statue to honor Ernie Banks.

Ernie Banks

 

Harry Caray

 

Concessions: The usual ballpark fare, along with items such as brats and Italian beef sandwiches.

Classic Baseball Only: If you don't want to watch a baseball game, then Wrigley Field is not the place for you. There is nothing to do except watch the game. For me, that is the way it should be. You definitely won't find a fancy HD video board or a kids play area.

Keeping up with Changing Times : Now I know I am going to upset the hard core traditionalist baseball fan with what I am going to say, so please don't send me nasty e-mails. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Part of what I like about some classic parks is how they have changed to keep up with times, but didn't change so much that the charm was taken away. For example, Fenway Park is a classic ballpark that has made some upgrades, but yet still remains traditional. The Green Monster seats with fans sitting at a counter to enjoy the game is more of a modern amenity, but yet I still consider Fenway to be a classic ballpark. I don't feel that this upgrade took away any character from the park. I think at Wrigley Field adding a video board (now, I am not talking about adding a gigantic board such as the one at the new Yankee Stadium, but something that would blend in more). Upgrades could be made very subtly and they could blend right in with the current features. I do give Wrigley credit for adding some LCD TVs throughout the park for fans who may have an obstructed view can get a closer view. These are the types of upgrades I am referring to. I don't think the TVs took away from the charm of Wrigley Park....the Ivy is still there, the bleachers are still there....the atmosphere was not ruined by this addition.

 

Charlie Brown's Teacher: Another one of my major complaints with Wrigley was the terrible sound system. I could not understand the majority of the things that the PA announcer was saying. Everything just sounded muffled and inaudible. It was kind of frustrating because I felt like I was watching the game on mute. Now to me, improving the sound system is not going to take away from the charm of the park. Fans should be able to understand the PA system.

Overall, I guess I have to admit that I was slightly disappointed with Wrigley Field. I still gave it a high score, but I guess I expected it to be a "10" and it wasn't. It's still a park with a lot of character and charm which is hard to come by in the new ballparks.

 

Review is based on my visit on 8/15/09.

 

Overall Rating: 9

Questions? Comments? E-Mail me:amanda@baseballstadiumreviews.com