CHICAGO – Wrigley Field, the 106-year-old baseball sanctuary where the Chicago Cubs live, has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
US Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced the designation Thursday, saying the baseball field has played an important role in Chicago’s history and the history of professional sports.
“The historical significance of Wrigley Field is woven into our nation’s story and an important part of what has become America’s beloved pastime for more than a century,” he said in a statement.
Historic landmark status will give the Ricketts family, who owns the Cubs and spent approximately $ 1 billion renovating the baseball field, access to federal income tax credits for the “1060 Project” that began at the end of the 2014 season.
National Historic Landmarks are buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects determined by the Secretary of the Interior as nationally important in U.S. history and culture, federal officials said.
Wrigley Field now joins other well-known historic sites, including Boston’s Fenway Park, in addition to some 2,600 other points of interest around the country.
Built in 1914, Wrigley Field has been home to the Chicago Cubs since 1916. The baseball field is two years younger than Fenway Park, is the second oldest baseball field in Major League Baseball, and is also the National League’s oldest baseball field.