At Long Last, Wrigley Field Receives National Historic Landmark Status

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At Long Last, Wrigley Field Receives National Historic Landmark Status

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Now well over 100 years old, regarded as one of the most important sports stadiums in the world, and a top historical destination for tourists, it seems pretty obvious to me that Wrigley Field is a landmark. Whatever official designation you want to give it, Wrigley Field deserves it. I don’t think you have to be a Cubs fan or even a baseball fan to acknowledge that reality.

So, this seems like wholly appropriate good news today: according to ESPN, today Wrigley Field will receive National Historic Landmark status in the National Register of Historic Places. There are 90,000+ historic places on that list, but only about 2,500 (about 3%) qualify for National Historic Landmark status. Wrigley Field is special.

UPDATING, because it’s happened:

The Ricketts Family originally applied for the status back when they started the Wrigley Field renovations seven years ago, as you are entitled to tax credits if you renovate/restore/preserve historic landmarks. With the renovation complete and the landmark preserved for many years to come, those tax credits – worth millions, according to the ESPN report – should be forthcoming. Nudge nudge, something something ….

In any case, this is a pretty cool honor for Wrigley Field, and I can’t wait to go to an official National Historic Landmark very soon. Maybe summer? Maybe? Hopefully?

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.