Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Police have arrested two men for breaking into Wrigley Field and attempting to steal the stadium’s iconic ivy, which covers the outfield walls.
Authorities said Kevin Burge and Steven Gudknecht, both 25, were charged with misdemeanor trespassing after being arrested around 3:45 a.m. CT at the stadium.
According to reports, the two entered the ballpark by squeezing through metal security bars but were spotted by security guards on closed-circuit surveillance cameras.
Cubs spokesman Julian Green confirmed that the men were attempting to steal pieces of the ivy from the outfield walls but said there was no property damage.
“When you have two individuals intent on committing foul play, they are going to find a way,” Green said. “These were just some fans who probably wanted to take a piece of Wrigley Field back home.”
Wrigley Field was built in 1914 and has been the home of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. The ballpark’s iconic ivy were purchased and planted in 1937.