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Wrigley Field expected to be granted federal landmark status

Wrigley Field, the longtime home of the Chicago Cubs, is expected to receive federal landmark status in the National Register of Historic Places, according to sources familiar with the ongoing developments.

The Ricketts family, who have owned the Cubs since 2009, first filed the necessary paperwork seven years ago. Being granted federal landmark status would provide access to federal income tax credits on the major renovations done in recent years on the 106-year-old ballpark.

The Ricketts family spent more than $1 billion on the refurbishing of Wrigley Field, which included the addition of two electric outfield scoreboards and the relocation of bullpens to underneath the bleachers from the playing field.

According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN, the paperwork filed in 2013 by the Ricketts has been approved by U.S. Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt.

“The historical significance of Wrigley Field is interwoven into our nation’s story and a key part of what has become America’s beloved pastime for over a century,” Bernhardt said.

National Historic Landmarks are defined as “buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects that have been determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be nationally significant in American history and culture.” 

Wrigley Field, the second oldest MLB ballpark in the United States behind the similarly iconic Fenway Park, previously achieved local landmark status in Chicago.