Wrigley turns 100

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Chicagoans are fanatical about their sport but there’s only one team that really matters: take a bow The Chicago Cubs. This much loved Chicago baseball team inspires an almost religious following and a trip to see The Cubs play at the charming Wrigley Field stadium should rank high on any Windy City itinerary.

But April 2014 is an ideal time to watch The Cubs play at Wrigley Field – famed for its classic neon entrance sign and ivy walled field. Why? Because today (April 23), the second oldest ballpark in America is 100 and is celebrating its centenary with one helluva party.

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Anyone lucky enough to have scored a ticket to Wrigley’s 100th birthday game (against the Arizona Diamondbacks) today, can enjoy giveaways galore, retro food served by staff clad in old school uniforms and complimentary birthday cake.

Some of Wrigley’s most legendary icons – here’s looking at Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ernie Banks and Billy Williams – will attend the milestone birthday party of the famous ballpark that was built back in 1914 for a bargainous (by today’s standards) US$250,000!

During its 100 year history, Wrigley has witnessed some of baseball’s best moments including Babe Ruth’s “called shot” in the 1932 World Series.

Of course the question remains: will the perpetually unlucky – The Cubs last won a World Series in 1908 – win the Pennant (aka clinch the league title) this season? After chatting to a couple of confirmed Cubs fans on a recent visit to Wrigley Field, I’d say that The Cubs have about as much chance of being crowned champions as I do of becoming mayor of Chicago. But regardless of where The Cubs finish this season, expect the mother of all parties…

For the full low-down on Wrigley’s birthday celebrations, visit wrigleyfield100.com

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