There’s some good news for Chicago baseball fans as the start of the 2014 season nears.
Wrigley Field was named among the top 10 best ballparks in the United States, according to a study by TripAdvisor.
The travel company used reviews from its TripAdvisor Popularity Index to determine the most popular big league venues in preparation for Monday’s Opening day festivities, and the home of the Chicago Cubs ranked no. 8.
PNC Park in Pennsylvania took the no. 1 slot, followed by Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md., AT&T Park in San Francisco, Fenway Park in Boston and Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Built in 1914, Wrigley Field is known for its ivy-covered outfield wall, hand-turned scoreboard and “baseball’s most renowned rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame.’”
The Friendly Confines will celebrate its 100th season this year amid talks of significant changes to the iconic field.
Ordinances passed last year by the City Council would vacate up to 25 feet of street and sidewalk on Waveland and Sheffield to accommodate wider aisles, additional concessions, a larger Budweiser deck and support systems for two outfield signs; a branded arch over Clark Street instead of a pedestrian walkway; up to 43 night games a season and the right to add additional signs inside and outside the park without city approval.
But there’s still issues that need to be resolved, including a standoff between the team and rooftop owners who object to the new outfield signs that could block views of the field.