Wrigley Field named national landmark

Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball

Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball

Wrigley Field was already on the list of National Register of Historic Places, an honor it received in 1987.

National Historic Landmarks are defined as "buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects that have been determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be nationally significant in American history and culture".

It remains one of the worst decisions Chicago ever made (and that's quite a feat.) Not only did the remodel make Soldier Field look ugly, but it just wasn't using the public park to maximum efficiency.

Wrigley Field now joins other renowned historic places, including Fenway Park in Boston, among some 2,600 other landmarks across the country.

Wrigley Field has been home to the Chicago Cubs since 1916
Sources -- Wrigley Field to be given federal landmark status

The Cubs played their first game there in 1916 and the stadium rights were later acquired by William Wrigley Jr. - of Wrigley gum - who later renamed the ballpark Wrigley Field in 1927. The park was built on "holy grounds", where a seminary once stood, according to MLB.com.

The Chicago Cubs announced Thursday that Wrigley Field was designated as a National Historical Landmark by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. That's why Carl Rice's leadership was so important throughout the course of updates that saw almost all of Wrigley's concrete replaced as part of a massive facelift that also included sweeping additions of modern amenities and premium clubs.

The landmark status gives the Ricketts family, owner of the Chicago Cubs, access to income tax credits for renovations. The family spent $1 billion to renovate the stadium with no direct tax dollars, according to Major League Baseball. With the renovation complete and the landmark preserved for many years to come, those tax credits - worth millions, according to the ESPN report - should be forthcoming.

Now Chicago's number of National Historic Landmark stadiums is back to 1.

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