WRIGLEYVILLE — Scoreboard proposals are so 2016.
Now the ultimate Cubs fans can not only get engaged but married at Wrigley Field.
Well, technically not inside the stadium, but Wrigley Field-adjacent, at the park's new American Airlines Conference Center.
The conference center is the latest addition to the ballpark's "campus" — located in the same building as the team's offices, the new Cubs Store and the Brickhouse Tavern, among others.
The center can be configured in a variety of ways to accommodate any number of uses, from corporate meetings to bar mitzvahs, said Andrew Blackburn, co-managing director of Marquee Sports Group, the entity established by Cubs ownership to manage Wrigley's multiple venues.
The center's more conventional conference rooms can expand or contract to fit anywhere from 15 to 250 guests, with windows looking out onto Waveland.
A grander, airier "ballroom"-style space, with a capacity of 200, opens onto an outdoor patio that overlooks the Park at Wrigley — and also has a view of the jumbo screen that broadcasts games.
Since the center opened for business at the end of May, it's been a popular option for customers to bundle a breakfast meeting with tickets to a Cubs day game, with Blackburn's team putting the package together.
"Everything is customizable," he said, from adding on VIP tours of the ballpark to watch parties during away games.
When a planned skating rink opens in the winter, Blackburn said that he anticipates companies will book the center for their holiday parties. Guests can pop up and down between the rink outside and food and drinks indoors.
Levy Restaurants is the center's official caterer and has a kitchen on site that includes a smoker for barbecue.
"They do everything from ballpark fare to to high-end dining," Blackburn said.
The decor incorporates elements from both American Airlines' past, and the Cubs past and present.
Images of celebrities from American Airlines' archives — Nat King Cole, Audrey Hepburn, Babe Ruth, and Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse — hang on the conference center's walls.
The lobby recreates bits of the ballpark — the video screen, pennants and the scoreboard — and bits of Cubs history are on display in the conference center's second-floor reception area. Ever wondered about the origins of Wrigley's ivy? There's one of the iron stakes that was used to pin a vine to the park's brick outfield wall.
The conference center's patio overlooks the Park at Wrigley. [All photos DNAinfo/Patty Wetli]
Picture a wedding reception or bar mitzvah here.
Levy Restaurants has a kitchen on site to produce items including a doughnut sundae bar.
The conference center can be configured to accommodate a range of uses. Here it's set up for a small group meeting.
Cubs history on display — an iron stake used to plant Wrigley Field's iconic ivy.
The building's lobby incorporates callbacks to the ballpark next door.
No branding detail was overlooked.
Archival photos from American Airlines hang on the center's walls, including this one of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney.
The Cubs and Wrigley Field are 95 percent owned by an entity controlled by a trust established for the benefit of the family of Joe Ricketts, owner and CEO of DNAinfo.com. Joe Ricketts has no direct involvement in the management of the iconic team.