November 19, 2010 |
For one day at least, Northwestern (7-3) and Illinois (5-5) will be two Big Ten Conference football programs headed in the same direction ? west. Saturday's game, the first college football matchup at Wrigley Field since 1938, has been in the works for months, but it was decided Friday that the Cozy Confines were too confining in the east end zone. In one of the more bizarre moments in Wrigley Field history ? and remember, the Cubs play here ? the Big Ten determined that Northwestern and Illinois will both play toward the west end zone.
October 17, 1990 |
A new Wrigley Field will be built in the 1990s as sports traditions take their lumps in Chicago, a state sports official predicts. Peter C. B. Bynoe, executive director of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, said the home of the Chicago Cubs will succumb to a move for modernization. That trend already has cost major league baseball its oldest active ballpark. The Chicago White Sox will open next season in a new stadium.
October 29, 2000 |
Dodger Stadium has switched off the lights for another season. But the Dodgers were not always the only game in town. In 1925, Wrigley Field opened at 41st Place and Avalon Boulevard as home of the Pacific Coast League's Angels. William Wrigley Jr. used the Angels as a farm team for his other sports interest, the Chicago Cubs, and completed the grand slam by buying Catalina Island, where the Cubs spent spring training from 1921 until 1951.
October 4, 1985
Illinois' Supreme Court upheld state and local laws banning night baseball at Wrigley Field. Thursday's ruling continued a no-lights tradition at the home of the Chicago Cubs. The Tribune Co., owner of the Cubs, had asked the court to throw out laws banning night games at the park, saying they are narrowly aimed at Wrigley Field and are unconstitutional. Dallas Green, general manager of the Cubs, said he was disappointed but not surprised by the decision.
July 26, 1988 |
Six towering banks of floodlights on Monday illuminated 74-year-old Wrigley Field for the first time in its history as the Chicago Cubs made their first batting practice under the lights a festive affair, beginning with an autograph session on the field. A crowd of about 3,000 rose to sing the national anthem as the lights were turned on at 7:45 p.m., CDT, two weeks before the Cubs will play the Philadelphia Phillies in the first night game at Wrigley Field on Aug. 8.
March 25, 1985 |
A judge today upheld the constitutionality of state and city anti-noise laws prohibiting the installation of lights at the Chicago Cubs home ballpark, Wrigley Field, the only unlit stadium in the major leagues. "The (state) statute and (city) ordinance are constitutional," Cook County Circuit Judge Richard L. Curry told a standing-room-only crowd in his courtroom. The Tribune Co.