Maine ballpark to become replica of Wrigley Field

Move over, Chicago.

The 102-year-old park is being cloned and miniaturized in Maine.
The 102-year-old park is being cloned and miniaturized in Maine. –AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Baseball fans in Maine no longer have to travel to Chicago to get a glimpse of the famed Wrigley Field.

The Morning Sentinel reports  the Waterville City Council approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with the Alfond Youth Center to partner in renovating Purnell-Wrigley Ballfield into a replica of the Chicago Cubs’ legendary stadium.

Youth Center CEO Karen Walsh has been working with Parks and Recreation director Matt Skehan on the $1 million project for about two years.

The multipurpose turf field will feature a public address building, bathrooms, dugouts, lights and access for children with disabilities. Technical school students will build a concession stand.

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Councilor Sydney Mayhew says the field will draw people to Waterville and create revenue.

Walsh says the goal is to begin construction in June.