|Putting the Wrigley Field experience into words is almost impossible to do. It is truly a place that requires you to be there to absorb the atmosphere and take it all in. Pictures and words cannot do it justice. That said, I have to make a few comments about it. Wrigley Field is my second
favorite park, behind only Fenway Park. The setting, the fans, the
atmosphere, and the park itself, all contribute to making this a fabulous
place to see a game. Set in a residential area of the northern part
of Chicago, the streets come alive hours before game time. Small
bars and restaurants are packed, and vendors have all their souvenirs out
for sale. Once inside, you won't find any flashy scoreboards
or brightly colored ads (although they have recently added small color message boards). Almost all you'll see is green - from the
seats to the scoreboard to the ivy on the walls. The seats here are
almost all close to the field and unobstructed. Yes, there are some
poles, but they should be tolerated for the proximity to the field.
Even the upper deck seats here feel close to the action. The concourse
area can get a bit cramped with big crowds, but no more so than other brand
new parks like Enron Field and PNC Park. Concessions here are well
varied and reasonably priced - especially for the first hour after gates
open when all food is 25% off. Brats, Chicago dogs, and Italian beef sandwiches are some of the speciality items that can be found at the concession stands. Fans here are knowledgeable and into
the game, especially when their Cubbies are winning. The scoreboard
in center field is all hand operated except for a small message board at
the bottom. You won't hear any Cub owners crying for a new ballpark.
They know that the biggest reason the fans come out is for the park.
Hopefully nothing will ever change here - a baseball game at Wrigley Field
is a unique and wonderful experience that every baseball fan should witness at least
once in their lifetime.