Wrigley Field is looking great on its 100th birthday—the storied stadium celebrate its 100th birthday today, April 23.
When it was built in 1914, the ballpark—then called Weeghman Park after the Chicago Federals owner Charles Weeghman—was one level and seated 14,000. At first, the stadium hosted the Federals, who later became known as the Chicago Whales.
Then when the Federal League folded in 1915, a group of investors, including chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., bought the Chicago Cubs and moved them to Weeghman Park. The stadium was renamed Cubs Park before getting its permanent name, Wrigley Field, in 1926.
Over the years, the field has grown (now it seats upwards of 40,000 fans), hosted thousands of Cubs games, and acquired some of its most iconic elements: the famous ivy-covered outfield walls and hand-operated scoreboard, to name just two. The ballpark has seen several history-making moments (like Babe Ruth‘s “called shot” during the 1932 World Series) and was even the home of the Chicago Bears—yep, the NFL team—from 1921 to 1970 before they moved to Soldier Field.
This season, the Chicago Cubs will celebrate the field’s centennial with 10 decade-themed home games during which the players will wear historic uniforms, special foods will be sold at concessions, and more. “Wrigley Field has played host to a century of remarkable events. We’re honored and humbled to commemorate such a treasured icon that millions of fans have enjoyed, whether to watch Cubs baseball, Chicago Bears games, summer concerts or other special events,” Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said in a news release. Now, the franchise is looking ahead at a renovation of the park. “We look forward to looking back at the last 100 years while working toward our family’s goal of ensuring Wrigley Field is restored and improved for the next generation of Cubs fans.”