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One of the most iconic parks in baseball, Wrigley Field is the home of the Chicago Cubs and has been since 1916. With more than 100 years of memories for home and road fans alike, it is the second oldest MLB stadium, trailing only Fenway Park in Boston.

This page contains all the information fans should know before taking in a game at Wrigley Field, including ticket information, betting at the ballpark, and important moments in stadium history.

About Wrigley Field in Illinois

Wrigley Field opened in 1914 as “Weeghman Park,” named for restauranteur Charles Weeghman. The ballpark was home to the Chicago Whales of the Federal League, though when that league folded in 1915, the Chicago Cubs were ready to move in. The Cubs’ first home game at Wrigley (which was then known as “Cubs Park”) was in 1916; Chicago defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings in that game.

However, Wrigley has been home to more than just baseball. From 1921-1970, Wrigley was also the home stadium of the Chicago Bears, and from 1931-1938, the Chicago Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals) shared the venue. In 2009, Wrigley Field was the site of the NHL’s Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings; the NHL will return to Wrigley for the 2025 Winter Classic when the Blackhawks will host the St. Louis Blues.

Nicknamed “The Friendly Confines,” Wrigley Field is known for the ivy that grows along the brick outfield walls. Occasionally, baseballs will get stuck in the ivy, making for interesting moments on the field as players try to remember the ground rules (batters and runners are awarded two bases for balls lost in the ivy).

Wrigley was the last MLB field to have lights installed, with the first game played under the lights on August 8, 1988.

Can I bet on sports at Wrigley Field?

Yes, you can bet on sports at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have a betting partnership with DraftKings Sportsbook Illinois, which operates an Illinois sports betting bar adjacent to the stadium.

You’ll also be able to make wagers from your seat using an Illinois mobile sports betting app, though you may experience data service interruptions and slower load times at the ballpark due to the number of people in attendance on game day.

Wrigley Field and DraftKings Sportsbook partnership

In 2021, Wrigley Field partnered with DraftKings Sportsbook Illinois to open a sports betting bar adjacent to the stadium. The sports bar can accommodate groups, though you’ll need to make a reservation on game day. Additionally, there are time limits and table minimums tied to your reservation.

The sportsbook features a 2,000-square-foot HD LED display so you’ll always have a view of the action. Hours will change depending on whether baseball season is underway. For more information, visit https://draftkingssportsbook.wrigleyfield.com/.

History of Wrigley Field

  • 1914: Wrigley Field opens as “Weeghman Park,” hosting the Chicago Whales of the Federation League.
  • 1916: The Chicago Cubs move into the ballpark after the Federation League folds. The Cubs win their first game at Weeghman Park, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.
  • 1920: Moving away from the Weeghman era, the venue rebrands as “Cubs Stadium.”
  • 1921: William Wrigley Jr. purchases the venue and keeps the “Cubs Stadium” moniker until 1927 when he attached his name to the ballpark as “Wrigley Field.” Also in 1921, the Chicago Bears began playing home games at Wrigley.
  • 1927: Wrigley Field gets a facelift as a second deck is added to the grandstands.
  • 1932: The New York Yankees become the first team to win the World Series at Wrigley Field, completing the four-game sweep of the Cubs with a decisive 13-6 victory.
  • 1937: Bill Veeck, the son of the team president at the time, plants ivy around the outfield walls of the ballpark.
  • 1941: Philip K. Wrigley (son of the late William Wrigley) planned to install lights at the ballpark but after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he instead reallocated the necessary materials to the war effort. After the war, P.K. Wrigley decided lights would never be added to the ballpark, a decision that would stand until after the Chicago Tribune took over ownership of the facility.
  • 1945: After winning two of the first three games of the World Series, the Cubs would lose three of the four games at Wrigley, and the Detroit Tigers would win the World Series. During Game Four, Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis brought his pet goat, Murphy, into the ballpark but was asked to leave when Murphy began bothering other fans. While leaving the stadium, Sianis reportedly put a “curse” on the team, saying "Them Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more." This came to be known as “The Curse of the Billy Goat.”
  • 1982: The Chicago Tribune Company purchased the Chicago Cubs, which included ownership of Wrigley Field, from the Wrigley Family.
  • 1988: On August 8, the Cubs played under the Wrigley Field lights for the first time, becoming the last MLB team to install light fixtures at the ballpark allowing for night games. Before then, games could be called on account of darkness.
  • 2007: Wrigley undergoes a field upgrade to enhance the playing field conditions, including a state-of-the-art drainage system and new sod grass.
  • 2009: Wrigley Field hosts the second-ever “NHL Winter Classic,” taking hockey outdoors for a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings. Detroit won the game 6-4.

Contact & opening hours

Address: 1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613
Opening hours: For Cubs games, Wrigley Field opens 90 minutes before first pitch
Website: https://www.mlb.com/cubs/ballpark
E-mail address: [email protected]
Phone number: (773) 404-2827