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Scholars Day: April 9, 2014

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The Illusion of Tradition: The Non-Existent Role of Tradition in the Battle for Lights at Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field has become a favorite of baseball purists over the years, as it has maintained a traditional baseball atmosphere while nearly every other Major League ballpark has been modernized to increase revenue at the expense of tradition. In 1988, however, a piece of the ballpark’s tradition was lost when the first night game was played in Wrigley Field history following a near decade of legal battles between Chicago Cubs ownership and the Lake View community. The debate that occurred over adding lights is often portrayed by the sports media as one of economics versus the preservation of tradition; however, the following essay examines this dispute to show that in reality, tradition hardly affected the outcome of the matter, and that those who opposed night games were much more concerned with preserving the surrounding neighborhood than the ballpark itself.

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Presenter: Gianni Zambito (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 9 am Session I