It's baseball season in Chicago and both major league teams are playing home games during C&E! The Cubs are playing the Reds and the White Sox the Blue Jays. Which team are you routing for?
Both teams have a strong following, however, feelings run deep when it comes to Cubs fans and their nostalgic Wrigley Field, affectionately known as the Friendly Confines.
Long-time NFPA seminar instructor and lifetime Cubs fan, Warren Olsen, shares what he finds to be so special about this place.
"To me, attending a Cubs game is an experience. As a season ticket holder for the past 8 years I've attended 10 to 15 games each year and it usually doesn't matter who the Cubs are playing. It is all about being at Wrigley Field and the Wrigleyville area, although hearing Steve Goodman's "Go Cubs Go" song following a Cubs win makes being at a game all the more enjoyable. There is something special each time I walk up the steps from the concourse to my seats, which are located down the left field line, and seeing the field and ivy that always is magical."
If you plan on attending a Cubs game during your stay in Chicago for the NFPA Conference and Expo, Warren recommends arriving to the game early to visit one of the many bars and restaurants that surround the park, his favorite being Murphy's which sits on the corner of Waveland and Sheffield, just across the street from the outfield mechanical scoreboard. For a unique souvenir, stop by Engine 78's house on Waveland Avenue outside of Gate K and pick-up a t-shirt which illustrates that Engine 78 and Ambulance 6 serve the Wrigleyville area.
Alternatively, you can pay a premium price for dinner and a bird's eye view of the game from one of the surrounding Wrigleyville rooftops. It's unclear how long these vantage points will exist with impending renovations to the park. Any Cubs fan will tell you this is a hot topic. Tensions aside, the renovators, rooftop owners, and especially the fans want to see the Cubs succeed and Wrigley field continue to carry its early 1900's charm into the 21st century.
For tickets to a Cubs game visit www.cubs.com/NFPA.
Warren Olsen will be teaching the pre-conference seminar Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Alarms Certificate (2013 NFPA 72®) on June 8-9 and presenting conference session T18 on Tuesday, Jun 11 at 9:30 a.m. on Changes to NFPA 72.