FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) Little Cubs Field celebrates the 30th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley Field.
August 8, 1988 will be remembered by Cubs fans for two things. One, it was the first night game at the old ballpark. Two, the game was rained out. However, it is still looked at as a historic day in the history of the franchise. The Cubs were the last team in the majors to add lights to their field.
To help commemorate the event, Little Cubs Field hosted a replica game between Chicago and its opponent that very night, the Philadelphia Phillies.
This isn't the first time this replica game has been played. It happened during the 20th anniversary, which also was the first year Little Cubs Field opened.
Denny Garkey, vice president of Little Cubs Field non-profit, says the field was built on volunteers and donations. No city or state money funded the project. Garkey calls the field a gem for Freeport.
"It's like their realization of a dream that they had of building their own version of Wrigley Field in their backyard," said Garkey. "They go, oh my god, someone actually did this and I can play on it. It's the coolest thing."