Posted by: marthabernie | June 3, 2012


On Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, Conor and I were in Chicago and went to Wrigley Field for the first time.  The Cubs were on a 12 game losing streak, so I figured Conor would be their good luck charm.  They beat the San Diego Padres 11-7.  This is the scoreboard in center field, and yes, they still put the numbers up manually.  The only electronic part of the board is the band across the bottom which mostly runs ads.  You have to literally add the scores up on this board.  The only concession to the digital age are two small scoreboards, one hanging under the top deck on the third base side, and the other on the first base side, and a lot of the die hard Cubs fans don’t like these electronic boards at all.  We heard that they plan to upgrade Wrigley after this season, but the fans do not want anything to change.  That much is certain.  They are an interesting breed, Cubs fans!  The home run balls hit by opposing teams are thrown back onto the field!

Wrigley Field is relatively small (it will be 100 years old in 2014), and what we didn’t know until we were there is that the owners of the houses surrounding the stadium have built bleachers on top of their homes.  Seats are sold to watch the game even though they are outside the field!  Here you can see the houses across the street and behind the right field bleachers.

Here is a view of the private bleachers behind left field.  The green bleachers in front are where Wrigley Field ends, the street is behind, and the buildings with bleachers on top are prpivately owned.  Note the brown building is a hold out!  Photo fuzzy because we were sitting behind the screen about 22 rows up.


  1. Your comment that Cubs fans are an interesting breed made me laugh, Martha. We have to be considering how long it’s been since the Cubs have been to the World Series let alone won one. Long suffering doesn’t even begin to describe it.


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