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Iím a Cubs fan.† I
have lived in
But Iím not going to let any of that bias me when I compare
Wrigley Field to
10. Food and Vendors
PNC offers a fantastic array of different kinds of food for
your ballpark experience: Twists on traditional ballpark food such as gyros,
garlic fries, and bloominí onions.† Local trademarks can even be enjoyed
there.† Iím not a Primanti
Bros. fan (pronounced per-manny by the locals), but
Iím all in favor of options, and this is a good one for those who want French
fries, coleslaw, and grease dripping from their sandwiches.† Now a
While thereís nothing bad about Wrigley Field food, thereís
nothing intriguing or uniquely
9. Parking and Transportation
Parking prices have skyrocketed at PNC over the past few years, but youíre still looking at just $10-$15 at the Stadium parking lots.† If youíre smart, youíll park downtown for $5 and either take a bus to the stadium for less than two bucks, or take the short, scenic walk across Roberto Clemente Bridge yourself.
near Wrigley is a nightmare.† Even if
youíre lucky enough to only pay $20 for parking, it means that youíre going to
be stuck behind other cars in those cramped lots for hours after the game is
completed.† A shuttle bus to the stadium
|Not too bad looking|
Field was built next to a
7. PNC features giant statues of Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente, and Willie Stargell around the park. Wrigleyís got a tiny statue of Harry Caray.†
|Keith takes a minute to mock Roberto Clemente after a Cubs game at PNC|
Sure, there are better Pirates than Roberto Clemente (Fred Clarke, Arky Vaughan, and Ralph Kiner immediately come to mind), but I can respect the desire to only honor career Pirates.† At any rate, these are large, magnificent monuments, as opposed to the statue of Harry, which kind of makes him look like a deranged dwarf.
The Pirates also just unveiled a Negro League exhibit just inside the left field gate, featuring seven life-size bronze statues of Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, Judy Johnson, Buck Leonard, Satchel Paige and Smokey Joe Williams, each attended by a video display.
6. The Facilities
Hereís the thing about using the bathroom at Wrigley Field: youíre peeing in a trough. †Thatís right, peeing in a trough, with all of the splashback, lack of privacy, and hygienic complications that ensue.† I think that waiting in line to urinate is preferable to gathering around a drain with a bunch of strangers.† Thatís just me.††
5. Cub tickets, on average, cost twice as much as Pirates tickets.
|Aaah! He's trying to mug us!|
ÖAnd thatís if youíre lucky enough to buy the tickets at face value.† For many Cub games, youíll have to pay even more from a broker or a scalper.† Yeah, itís great that Cub games always have large, lively crowds, but to make it near impossible for kids to save up enough dough to see their favorite team play live is plain wrong.†
4. You wonít get stuck behind a post at PNC
Unless youíve got the section, aisle and seat numbers memorized, thereís always a chance that youíll sit right behind a big Ďol post in Wrigley.† Itís not as small of a chance as most people think; there are a lot of support beams around the stadium and they all partially obstruct the view from dozens of seats.† The eight-inch monitors they put behind the posts donít quite offset the money that you paid for your seat.
PNC: The Pirate Parrot, The Great Pierogi Race, and a PA announcer with a fake
|The Pirate Parrot, up to no good|
action is ably narrated by the stadium PA announcer, who plays up a fake
Wrigley still has the best 7th-inning stretch in the world, but itís not the same without Harry, and the guest conductors have declined in quality over the years.†
2. Itís Take Me OUT to the Ballgame, not Take Me IN to the Ballgame
When you enter Wrigley Field, you donít really enter Wrigley Field.† You enter Wrigley Warehouse, confines that are far from friendly.† Bland, brownish-grey floors and walls and seemingly endless ramps surround you for your first view of the stadium.† Youíll even encounter attitude-laden ticket checkers guarding the way to your $40 mediocre Upper Deck seats.† It may sound silly, but if youíre at all claustrophobic, you may want to stay away from the Confines.
1. Mannyís BBQ
|What a guy|
the center field wall at
Why havenít more ballparks imitated this?† Do you have any idea of the kind of draw that Andy Pafkoís Grill would have at Wrigley Field?†
pulled pork sandwich itself is tasty, not though spectacular, and itís suitably
overpriced.† But if youíre like me,
youíll feel like youíre stealing from Manny by enjoying his presence so much
and not ordering his food.† After all,
thereís so much to enjoy at