Happy Birthday! Wrigley Field turns 100

Chicago’s Wrigley Field turns 100-years-old today, and the Cubs will hold a ceremony before this afternoon’s game.

The stadium was actually called Weeghman Park when it opened its doors on April 23, 1914.

Its capacity back then was 14,000.

That has grown to over 41,000 and that doesn’t count several rooftops of fans who watch the games from across the street.

But during the days of Weeghman Park, it was the Federal League’s Chi-Feds that called it home.

The stadium cost $250,000 to build, barely had any bleachers, and had no lights.

The team was later sold William Wrigley in 1918, and the name Wrigley Field was born.

The iconic red marquee would be added in 1934.

The ballpark’s scoreboard and outfield wall ivy wouldn’t be installed until 1937.

But now, in 2014, the Cubs are planning a yearlong celebration which will include a pregame ceremony with Cubs Hall of Famers.

The Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks will play Wednesday afternoon, but they won’t look like themselves.

Both teams will wear throwback jerseys.

The Cubs will dress as the Feds once did, and the Diamondbacks will be the Kansas City Packers.

 

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