Chicago Cubs: Wrigley Field opens its gates
It is impossible to create a list of the greatest moments in Wrigley’s history without including Wrigley itself. Built way back in 1914, and home to the Cubs since 1916, the stadium reportedly only cost $250,000 and was built in a mere two months.
More from Cubbies Crib
- Cubs starting pitching has been thriving on the North Side
- Make no mistake: the Cubs are very much about power hitters
- Cubs are giving pitcher Javier Assad a deserved shot
- Cubs: It’s time to start thinking about potential September call-ups
- Cubs: P.J. Higgins deserves to be in the lineup on a daily basis
The first big league game took place on April 23, 1914, when the Federals defeated the Kansas City Packers. On April 20, 1916, two years after Charles Weeghman purchased the park, the Cubs made their debut. Following in the footsteps four years later, chewing gum conglomerate William Wrigley Jr. purchase our beloved Cubs, and the part was renamed ‘Cubs Park.’
Wrigley Field became the ‘official’ home in 1926 and in 1981 Wrigley sold the team to the Tribune Company for $600,000. Throughout the years there has been many additions and renovations to the stadium.
Two of the most notable to this day which makes Wrigley what it is is the hand-operated scoreboard which is still being used and, of course, the ivy-covered brick walls.
The Ricketts family bought the Cubs in 2009, Wrigley saw the addition of a beautiful Jumbotron which towers over the left-field bleachers as part of the ‘1060 Project’, followed up by an additional Jumbotron in the right-field bleachers. To follow its inception from 1914 to 2019 is a thing of beauty and no matter the case, Wrigley Field will always be home to our beloved Cubbies.