The Cubs are in the World Series since , overall in the post-season — and at Wrigley Field. The issue of lights was a major one for a few years. The Cubs of the early s were convinced they could no longer compete if lights were not installed at Wrigley, but the city council, bidding to pressure from neighborhood residents, passed an ordinance banning their installation in In , both home games of the NLCS were played in the afternoon, but the Cubs had to give up home field advantage to have this accepted, and would have had to play some night games at Comiskey Park or elsewhere had they made it to the World Series.
Put before that difficult choice, city council relented and allowed for the installation of lights and a limited number of night games. The local neighborhood was undergoing a renaissance, with Wrigley Field at its center. In following years, formal seats were installed on top of buildings across Sheffield and Waveland Avenues locals had been setting up camping chairs on the roofs for years to watch Cubs games for free, but this became big business as Cubs tickets became a hot item. Some players don't know how to play the ivy which covers the outfield fence : in , Cubs LF Julio Zuleta didn't notify the umpires that a drive by the Phillies' Kevin Jordan was stuck in the ivy — and a ground rule double turned into an inside-the-park home run.
Former Cubs CF Corey Patterson refused to run into the ivy because he knows what's behind it — nothing but bricks.
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The All-Star Game was the park's third — and the first under the lights. The Cubs in won only their third Division title in this park, but failed to win their first ever post-season series here they did manage to win the NLDS down in Atlanta. However, thanks to two blown games in the NLCS against the Florida Marlins and, some would say, long-time Cub fan Steve Bartman who wasn't paying attention , Wrigley is still waiting to host its World Series game since The Tribune Company had worked hard on utilizing every inch of space in this park.
Interestingly enough, the problems that made other parks of similar vintage unusable age, neighborhood, lack of parking, physical plant haven't happened to Wrigley — yet. People like to use the "El" to get to the park, and the neighborhood around the park hasn't disintegrated. Plans have been approved for renovations, which would include extending the bleachers over Waveland and Sheffield, adding seats between the dugouts , and moving a lot of the interior storage facilities out to a building on the Waveland triangle. The bleacher additions have been scaled back so as to not infringe on city-owned sidewalks outside the park.
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For the season the Cubs put up a green mesh cover over the chain-link fence on top of the back wall of the bleachers, to discourage the "rooftop bleachers" on Sheffield and Waveland. In the summer of , there were reports of concrete and brick "chunks" falling on patrons at Wrigley Field during games in June and July. The city ordered a thorough inspection of the park's upper deck and mezzanine suite levels. The city and the Cubs declined to release the results of those inspections, but safety netting was placed under the grandstands in several places.
An off-season inspection revealed that the park was experiencing premature concrete aging from the endless freeze-thaw cycles that buildings in Chicago are subject to due to the harsh winters. The safety nets may stay up for the foreseeable future, although one of new owner Tom Ricketts ' first announcements after acquiring the park in were renovation plans, addressing the structural issues in the roof, the creation of a "Cubs Alley" immediately west of the ballpark modeled on the area around Boston's Fenway Park.
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However, with the state of Illinois in a difficult fiscal situation, no public money was available to help Cubs ownership with the most ambitious aspects of the project that affect public streets, and such remodeling had to wait for better economic times. In January of , Ricketts announced more upgrades for the upcoming season: the construction of additional premium seating for groups on top of the right-field bleachers, modeled after Fenway Park's Green Monster seats, topped with a state-of-the-art foot scoreboard.
It included more concession stands and restrooms, a wider concourse and the reconstruction of the upper deck. The clubhouse and underground batting cage would also be expanded. The changes were in response to suggestions from fans and players.
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William Wrigley Jr. A young Bill Veeck, who would go on to own three major league teams, planted the ivy in Wrigley Field has been the site of firsts — an organist in and a televised game in It was also the last stadium to install lights; its first night game was not played until There is also, of course, the history of losing.
When Fenway Park celebrated its centennial two years ago, the Red Sox had recently won two championships. A century-plus World Series drought for the Cubs has been punctuated by losses the last two years, the worst stretch in franchise history. This season is off to a similar start. For a while, it appeared there might be a birthday reprieve, with the Cubs taking a lead to the ninth inning. Arizona rallied to score five runs, though, with the help of a ground ball up the middle that ricocheted off second base.
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