New Kerry Wood #Cubs Field opens
On Thursday, the new Kerry Wood Cubs Field was dedicated. The new $5 million ballpark, located next to Lane Tech High School, will provide a much needed baseball diamond in the city of Chicago. The project, which has been in the works for nine years, was a combined effort of Wood, the city of Chicago, the Park District, the Cubs, Turner Construction, and Chicago public schools. It will be available to both high school teams and for the public through the park district.
Wood, who was drafted out of high school at the age of 17, said he felt like a big leaguer when he first stepped onto the high school field in Texas. Chicago kids didn’t have that opportunity, and when they played in the Illinois High School Association playoffs, they had to go to the suburbs. What was key was creating a regulation pitching mound. The scoreboard is designed similar to the Wrigley Field marquee. Cubs historians know Lane Tech was home to Phil Cavarretta, who played and managed the Cubs, so the location of the new diamond is perfect.
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, Cubs Charities board chair Laura Ricketts, and others took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony. The field is positioned perfectly so fans can see the Chicago skyline over the center field fence.
“This is a great day for my family and I, and an even greater day for Chicago area high school baseball players,” Wood said.