10/11 Kerry Wood Cubs Field
Chicago Public League student athletes will soon be playing baseball and hosting state baseball playoffs at a new stadium, Kerry Wood Cubs Field. Groundbreaking was on Thursday at the site at Clark Park near Lane Tech High School on Addison Street about one mile from Wrigley Field. The Cubs, Chicago Cubs Charities, Wood Family Foundation, City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and Turner Construction all contributed to make the $5 million stadium project possible.
Once completed, Kerry Wood Cubs Field will be owned and operated by the Chicago Park District. The field, which will include seating for 1,100 spectators and fans, is expected to be used by Chicago public high schools citywide throughout the high school baseball season during and after school hours. The Park District also expects to use the field for recreational leagues and use by the general public.
Wood retired during the 2012 season. He and his wife Sarah formed the Wood Family Foundation in 2011 and now focus on the community and its children.
“It is an honor to be a part of this project that will help keep public school baseball teams local during playoff season,” Wood said. “We want this field to benefit student athletes in many ways for years to come.”
The project is a potential field of dreams for young baseball players. Cubs legend Phil Cavarretta played at Lane Tech before making his Wrigley Field debut September 25, 1934. The first baseman and outfielder was the National League’s Most Valuable Player and led the Cubs to their last World Series appearance in 1945.