The Chicago Cubs haven’t played host to an All-Star game since 1990, but that could be about to change. The Ricketts family is in the latter stages of major renovations to Wrigley Field and the surrounding neighborhood that is expected to be completed around the end of 2018. The clubhouse, bleachers, and marquee and much of the interior renovation has already been completed, and the work on the new hotel across the street that will feature more rooftop seating is also underway.
The project is intended to turn the venerable Wrigley Field ballpark into one of the most progressive, modern facilities in baseball, while retaining the classic look and feel synonymous with Wrigley Field and its long history. It also does not hurt that excitement for the Cubbies has never been higher. Baseball on Chicago’s North Side is experiencing a bit of a revival.
In an interview with Chicago’s 670 The Score, Commissioner Rob Manfred said that he believed the All-Star game could be headed to Wrigley in the not-to-distant future. He said it would make a great showcase for the amazing renovations. Manfred has been very progressive during his short tenure as Commissioner, while also showing a willingness to celebrate the rich history of baseball. A return of the Midsummer Classic to Wrigley Field would represent a union of baseball’s past and very bright future.
The locations for the next three games, San Diego, Miami, and Washington D.C. are set, but slots beyond that are open for bids. The timing seems perfect for a 2019 bid in Chicago, and a great chance to show off what will continue into a new century as one of the premier baseball venues in America. Wrigley Field shows no signs of losing its place among the crown jewels of baseball, and an All-Star return would be an excellent way to celebrate much-needed renovations.