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Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark in the MLB, having been home to the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs since 1916. Like Fenway, Wrigley Field is well known outside of baseball having appeared in films such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

One of the things Wrigley is best known for is actually outside the ball-park. Across Waveland and Sheffield Streets, rooftop seats afford views of the game without being in the park. Wrigley was almost unique in that the Cubs management have in the main not disrupted those sight lines and have worked with residents to ensure things remain amicable.

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The proximity of the baseball park to Lake Michigan can make playing at Wrigley unpredictable. Changing winds affect play drastically, with north-easterly winds blowing in to the park from Lake Michigan causing the ball to hold up in the air and preventing home runs. However, summer days can see the wind coming from the other direction, blowing out and turning normally harmless fly balls into home runs.

Like Fenway and AT&T Park, Wrigley Field is also home to a hand-turned scoreboard. Built in 1937, the scoreboard is above the centre-field bleachers rather than at ground level making it harder to hit – indeed it has never been hit in its existence although there have been some close calls. The left-field videoscreen however hasn’t been so lucky – rookie Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was the first to hit that in 2015.