Wrigley Field History

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This project will analyze the construction of Wrigley Field, as well as the history behind the stadium. It will go highlight through some of the people involved in the Cubs organization, and the materials and methods by which the stadium was built. It will not only look at how the stadium evolved throughout the 20th century, but it will discuss recent renovations and changes, as well as the future of Wrigley Field. It will aim to point out the significance of this stadium within the world of baseball, as well as to show the uniqueness of the ballpark. History of Wrigley Field Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs is one of the most well known and historic baseball stadiums still in use today. Located on the North Side of Chicago, Wrigley…show more content…
1920. Chicago. The old grandstand was reused and The grandstand was divided into three pieces, and thepieces. The home plate section was put on rollers and moved about 60 feet to the west. The left field section was moved 100 feet to the northwest. The right field section made up the third piece and was not moved. (not sure if this is right or not) Rendering of Cubs Park Expansion, c. 1922. Chicago Daily News With the relocation of the grandstand as well and additional box seats being installed, right field became far more spacious than before. Many of the bleachers were replaced as well. The wooden left field bleachers were replaced with steel-framed wooden seats. With these renovations, the capacity of the stadium went from 18,000 to 31,000. The dimensions of the field became 320 ft. to left field, 318 ft. to right field, and 446 ft. to center field ("Wrigley Field / Cubs Park). The construction of the renovation was completed before the start of the 1923 season. Many newspapers referred to the stadium as the “New Cubs Park”, due to the large size of the renovations. This caused a spike in attendance, as it went up to 703,705 for the 1923 season, second best in the national league (Wrigley Field Information –…show more content…
Ceremonies took place on March 4th, to celebrate the beginning of construction. The park was re- built over the next month and a half, led by the Blome-Sinek company, which was the lead construction contractor. The park was completed and ready to be played in by April 23rd, 1914, despite a strike by construction workers in early April (The Building of Chicago’s Wrigley Field). This new ballpark was made of concrete and steel, and was considered very modern at the time. It had a single deck grandstand that stretched from right field behind home plate all the way to the left field corner. There was a small press box area on top of the grandstand behind home

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