Cubs News: Wrigley Field ranked as #2 ballpark in MLB by USA Today

The Friendly Confines, despite being more than a century old, stands the test of time and even beats out the ballpark it's regularly compared to in Fenway Park.

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I though this would be a pretty cut-and-dry piece of Chicago Cubs news to share with you all, but apparently that's not the case. USA Today released annual rankings of all 30 MLB stadiums, with Wrigley Field checking in at #3 - or so I thought - trailing only PNC Park in Pittsburgh and Oracle Park in San Francisco.

But, as is often the case with media outlets and newspapers in today's world, that content actually came via another outlet - in this case, BaseballParks.com. When you go and look at the site, you can pretty quickly find their updated rankings and, while PNC Park still takes top billing, it's Wrigley, not Oracle, that finishes as runner-up.

Wrigley Field set to be the home of the Cubs for generations to come

As a completely unbiased (I kid) evaluator, I'm going to say that the editor over at USA Today dropped the ball and mixed up the order of the stadiums, meaning Wrigley is, in fact, supposed to be ranked #2 instead of #3. Now that we've cleared that up, let's dig into what the rankings had to say about the Friendly Confines.

"Renovations in recent years have certainly modernized both the interior of the Friendly Confines and its surroundings, but its sense of history remains unrivaled."

The only sticking point from the last decade's overhaul of the historic ballpark with at least some fans are the video boards in the outfield. Almost everything else (besides the price to go to a game) has been almost universally lauded - from improved restrooms and concessions to other amenities. The gameday experience at Wrigley is a far cry from what it was when I first went as a kid and I'm deeply, deeply thankful for that.

You'd never know the Cubs have played at this historic landmark for over a century at this point. While the Wrigleyville neighborhood has been dramatically transformed in recent years, there's still something about hopping off the Red Line and seeing it rise up before you. It's a one-of-a-kind experience and one every baseball fan needs to check off their bucket list.

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