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For the former ballpark in Los Angeles, see Wrigley Field (Los Angeles).

Wrigley Field

The Friendly Confines, Cubs Park

Wrigley Field in 2004

Location 1060 West Addison Street

Chicago, Illinois 60613

Broke ground March 4, 1914

Opened April 23, 1914

Owner Chicago Cubs

Operator Chicago Cubs

Surface Grass

Construction cost $250,000 USD

Architect Zachary Taylor Davis

Former names Weeghman Park (1914-1920)

Cubs Park (1920-1926)


Chicago Whales (FL) (1914-1915)

Chicago Cubs (MLB) (1916-present)

Chicago Tigers (APFA) (1920)

Chicago Bears (NFL) (1921-1970)

Chicago Sting (NASL) (1977-1979)


14,000 (1914) • 18,000 (1915) • 20,000 (1923)

38,396 (1927) • 40,000 (1928) • 38,396 (1938)

38,000 (1939) • 38,396 (1941) • 38,690 (1949)

36,755 (1951) • 36,644 (1965) • 37,702 (1972)

37,741 (1973) • 37,272 (1982) • 38,040 (1986)

38,143 (1987) • 39,600 (1989) • 38,710 (1990)

38,765 (1994) • 38,884 (1997) • 38,902 (1998)

41,118 (2006)


Left Field - 355 ft (108 m)

Left-Center Field - 368 ft (112 m)

Center Field - 400 ft (122 m)

Right-Center Field - 368 ft (112 m)

Right Field - 353 ft (107.5 m)

Backstop - 60 ft (18 m)

Wrigley Field is a baseball stadium in Chicago that has served as the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. It was built in 1914 as Weeghman Park for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales. It was also the home of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League from 1921-1970.

Located in the residential neighborhood of Lakeview, Wrigley Field sits on an asymmetric block bounded by Clark and Addison Streets and Waveland and Sheffield Avenues. The area surrounding the ballpark contains bars, restaurants and other establishments and is typically referred to as Wrigleyville. The ballpark's mailing address, as many fans of the movie The Blues Brothers know, is 1060 W. Addison Street. During Cubs games, fans will often stand outside the park on Waveland Avenue, waiting for home run balls hit over the wall and out of the park. (However, as a tradition, Cubs fans inside and sometimes even outside the park will promptly throw any home run ball hit by an opposing player back onto the field of play, a ritual depicted in the late-1970s stage play, Bleacher Bums, and in the 1993 film, Rookie of the Year.)

Wrigley Field is nicknamed The Friendly Confines, a phrase popularized by "Mr. Cub", Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. Since 2006, its capacity has been 41,118, making Wrigley Field the fourth-smallest and most actively used ballpark in 2006. It is the second oldest active major league ballpark (behind Fenway Park), and the only remaining Federal League park. When opened in 1914, Wrigley Field had a seating capacity of 14,000 and cost $250,000 to build.


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That's cool, maybe my dad will take me some day.

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