Chicago's Wrigley Field granted top historic landmark status

Ruben Hill
November 21, 2020

So, this seems like wholly appropriate good news today: according to ESPN, today Wrigley Field will receive National Historic Landmark status in the National Register of Historic Places.

With Wrigley now a national landmark, the Ricketts family can take advantage of federal income tax credits on its "1060 Project" that has seen the owners spend close to $1 billion to renovate the stadium and the surrounding neighborhood since 2014.

The official announcement is expected on Thursday.

Wrigley Field opened in 1914 as Weeghman Park, where the Federal League's Chicago Whales were originally supposed to play. They applied for the federal status back in 2013, after becoming eligible for it in 1987, but needed to keep that eligibility through the renovations before being approved.

"The historical significance of Wrigley Field is interwoven into our nation's story", a spokesman for the Department of Interior said. As such, certain renovations to said landmarks can qualify for tax credits. The name was changed to Wrigley Field in 1926.

Soldier Field was actually stripped of landmark status after a spaceship crash-landed on it in 2006, so Cubs ownership had a pretty clear example of what not to do.

One of the fallouts of the whole announcement was people remembering that Chicago already had a National Historic Landmark in Soldier Field but it was stripped away when they did their remodeling and made a decision to install a spaceship inside the historic columns of Soldier Field.

Wrigley Field now joins other renowned historic places, including Fenway Park in Boston, among some 2,600 other landmarks across the country. The ballpark is two years younger than Fenway Park, is the second-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball, and is also the National League's oldest ballpark.

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