My favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, last night thumped the Milwaukee Brewers in Wrigley Field -- the major leagues' second-oldest ballpark.
Most baseball fans know the history of the ballpark:
- Built in 1914.
- Original occupant: Chicago Whales of the short-lived Federal League.
- No night games until 1988 (a half-century after most of the other teams in the majors).
- Manually-operated scoreboard.
- Ivy on the walls.
Less publicized are some of the other features of Wrigley:
- Terrible parking accommodations.
- Tight quarters, including the walkways and restrooms.
- Structural deficiencies.
- Many restricted-view seats due to support beams and low upper deck.
The challenges facing the 94-year-old ballpark and its future are the subject of an article by a visiting sportswriter, Bill Glauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
In my opinion, it would be nice -- even desirable -- if Wrigley Field's life is extended and the old ball park preserved. But at what cost?