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Cubs Fifth Homestand Events and Promotions: June 17-June 22, 2016

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The Chicago Cubs will square off against two National League Central Division rivals as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals June 17-22 at Wrigley Field. To honor the victims of the tragic shooting in Orlando, the Cubs will host a moment of silence prior to the team’s first home game since the incident.

This homestand begins with the second Budweiser Bleacher Friday of the season, June 17, featuring a “Save Ferris” T-shirt celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21 and older. Wrigley Field’s Decade Diner will transform into a Bud and Burgers pop-up restaurant, including specials like the Big W Burger, Mesa Burger, BBQ Burger and Cheddar Brat Burger. Fans can view the Bud Fridays promotional schedule and purchase tickets at cubs.com/budfridays.

That same evening, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and his Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) will kick off the fifth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago event at Wrigleyville’s Metro. Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Liz Phair will headline the show, joined by Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and an All-Star lineup of musicians and personalities. Mad Men actor Joel Murray and WXRT-FM’s Lin Brehmer will serve as the evening’s emcees, helping celebrate music, baseball and giving back.

The Cubs will join all Major League Baseball teams in wearing Father’s Day-themed uniforms Sunday, June 19. These items will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds from the auction benefit Cubs Charities.

Immediately following the homestand on June 23, the Cubs will kick off the On Deck Luncheon Series with 670 The Score at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. The series, presented by XFINITY, RSM and TimberTech, begins with Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts as the featured guest. Tickets start at $50 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at cubs.com/ondeck.

Ticket availability is limited for the homestand. Fans can purchase at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Food Specials
Wrigley Field’s Decade Diner will transform into a “Bud and Burgers” pop-up restaurant this homestand to coincide with the second Bud Friday of the season. Guests can order four specialty burgers while supplies last, such as the Big W Burger topped with American and cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, shredded lettuce and Levy sauce on a brioche bun; the Mesa Burger topped with jalapeño jack cheese and a relish of chorizo, charred green onions, tomatoes and jalapeños, served on a charred jalapeño crema on brioche bun; the BBQ Burger topped with white American cheese, pulled BBQ pork, applewood smoked bacon, crispy fried onions, sliced tomatoes and crispy lettuce; or the Cheddar Brat Burger smeared with beer cheese and topped with a Budweiser braised bratwurst and caramelized onions on a pretzel bun.

Hot Doug’s will continue its rotating sausage selections at Platform 14 in the Budweiser Bleachers. The Gene Clines is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with sweet and spicy mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese. The Pete LaCock is a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese. The Jody Davis is a cheddar-stuffed bratwurst with Goose Island beer mustard, crispy fried onions and smoked gouda cheese.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
Music and baseball share the stage at Wrigleyville’s Metro Friday, June 17, when Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper join an All-Star lineup of musicians and personalities for the fifth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Liz Phair will headline the show, which will be emceed by actor Joel Murray and WXRT-FM’s Lin Brehmer. The fifth annual event is presented by the Chicago Trading Company and sponsored by CBRE, with proceeds benefiting youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods through Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL). Tickets and more information are available at ftbnl.org.

As part of the weekend’s Hot Stove Cool Music events, Foundation To Be Named Later will host The Summer City Urban Baseball Classic June 18 at 11 a.m. at Jackie Robinson Park located at 10540 S. Morgan St. The event, which shines a light on the importance of youth baseball and the role it plays in the development of successful young leaders, features urban youth playing exciting baseball as Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West and the Boston Astros face off. The event is free and open to the public.

Manager Joe Maddon continues his support of Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, June 17, Maddon will represent Urban Initiatives, which partners with Cubs Charities to help power the Cubs on the Move Fitness Program that encourages youth in Chicago to “Play Every Day.”

Homestand Recap, June 17-22
Friday, June 17, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • Pregame: Moment of silence for victims of Orlando shooting
  • Promotion: Bud Fridays “Save Ferris” T-Shirt, up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs outfielder Jose Cardenal
  • National anthem: JC Brooks from Chicago American indie soul band, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago

Saturday, June 18, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:15 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Mad Men actor Joel Murray
  • National anthem: Ariel Upton
  • Broadcast: FOX, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, June 19 (Father’s Day), Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:08 p.m.

  • Promotion: Kids Hooded Towel presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital, up to the first 5,000 kids 13-and-younger
  • National anthem: John Vincent
  • Seventh-inning stretch: ESPN broadcast team members
  • Broadcast: ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Monday, June 20, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, June 21, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Chicago Fire actress and 2016 Pride Parade Grand Marshal Monica Raymund
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Country music star Brett Eldredge
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, June 22, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch: Ben Higgins from The Bachelor
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad actor Bob Odenkirk
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Cubs Fourth Homestand Events and Promotions: 5/27/16-6/5/16

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The Chicago Cubs begin a 10-game homestand this Friday as they host the Philadelphia Phillies (May 27-29), Los Angeles Dodgers (May 30-June 2) and Arizona Diamondbacks (June 3-5).

The homestand begins with the first Budweiser Bleacher Friday of the season, featuring a ’90s Visor for up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21 and older. The DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone will feature a King’s Burger and 20-ounce Budweiser pairing for just $12 while supplies last. Bud Fridays will feature unique Budweiser Bleacher giveaways throughout the 2016 season, including a “Save Ferris” T-shirt honoring the 30-year anniversary of the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a Distressed Cubs Cap, a Bud Fridays Tank Top, a Cubs Fedora and Joe Maddon Sunglasses. Fans are encouraged to share photos on social media using #BudFridays. Guests can view the Bud Fridays promotional schedule and purchase tickets at cubs.com/budfridays.

On Memorial Day, May 30, the Cubs will join other Major League Baseball teams in honoring those who have fallen while protecting the country through military service. The team will wear Memorial Day jerseys and caps, and bases used on the field will feature specialty base jewels. These items will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds from the auction benefit Cubs Charities.

On Wednesday, June 1, the Cubs will commemorate Conquer Cancer Day as declared through an official proclamation by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while kicking off June as Conquer Cancer Month as declared through an official proclamation by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to support the important and enduring work of oncologists as they continue to help and heal the greater community affected by the disease. Up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans will receive a Cubs Cap presented by Conquer Cancer Foundation. These fans will be asked to turn their caps inside out, showing the orange bill underneath, in the middle of the eighth inning to “rally to conquer cancer.” Supporters of a Cubs Authentics auction benefiting Conquer Cancer Foundation who are fighting cancer, have survived or support those who battle the disease will take the field pregame to meet Cubs players at each position. Following the game June 1 if the Cubs win, or after the first Cubs win thereafter, the team will fly a W Flag signed by cancer survivors above the historic Wrigley Field scoreboard.

Thursday, June 2, is Majestic Jersey Day at Wrigley Field. Following the afternoon’s game, Cubs players will give the jerseys “off their backs” on the field to Majestic’s guests and two lucky hand-selected fans.

On Friday, June 3, Hefty Flips for Charity with a postgame, record-breaking flip cup game benefiting two charitable organizations selected by the Cubs players who will serve as official team captains. Two hundred fans will square off in the outfield following the team’s 1:20 p.m. game to play the world’s largest flip cup game, with a total of $40,000 being donated to the players’ selected charities. This postgame flip cup game will be played with Hefty Ultimate Easy Grip Cups filled with water. Interested participants age 21 and older may register to play, with a game ticket provided by Hefty, at cubs.com/hefty.

Tickets remain available at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Promotions
Bud Fridays kick off May 27 in the Budweiser Bleachers, with up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older receiving a ‘90s Visor.

Up to the first 10,000 fans at the game Monday, May 30, will receive a Ryne Sandberg Retired Number Flag presented by Pepsi.

On Wednesday, June 1, the Cubs will commemorate Conquer Cancer Day with up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans receiving a Cubs Cap presented by Conquer Cancer Foundation. These fans will be asked to turn their caps inside out, showing the orange bill underneath, in the middle of the eighth inning to “rally to conquer cancer.”

Up to the first 20,000 fans at the game Friday, June 3, will receive a Cubs Reusable Tote Bag presented by MLB Network.

On Saturday, June 4, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Commemorative Oversized Jon Lester Trading Card presented by Topps.

The homestand concludes Sunday, June 5, with up to the first 5,000 kids 13 and younger receiving a Cubs Laundry Hamper presented by Vienna Beef. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-younger can participate in postgame Kids Run the Bases after each Kids Sundays day game, weather permitting.

Food Specials
Coinciding with the beginning of Bud Fridays at Wrigley Field May 27, the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone will offer a King’s Burger and 20-ounce Budweiser pairing for just $12 while supplies last. The King’s Burger is topped with American cheese, lettuce, pickle, tomato and a special king’s sauce.

Beginning Sunday, May 29, and continuing each Sunday home game throughout the season, Budweiser Bleacher guests can enjoy Brunch at the Ballpark presented by Tito’s Vodka. Fans can order a Tito’s Bloody Mary made with America’s original craft vodka at the concession stands in the Right Field Porch. Those looking for a perfect food pairing can visit Platform 14, located behind the center-field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers, for specialty Hot Doug’s breakfast sausages. This homestand will feature a pepper and onion pork sausage topped with scrambled eggs, diced tomatoes and grilled peppers and onions, or a Cajun andouille sausage topped with scrambled eggs, maple butter and diced bacon.

Hot Doug’s will continue its rotating sausage selections at Platform 14. The Mike Bielecki is a pepper and onion pork sausage with marinara and fresh mozzarella cheese. The Manny Trillo is a Cajun andouille sausage with Cajun mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese. Finally, the Champ Summers is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions.

The Decade Diner, located in the right-field concourse, continues its rotating homestand specials as well. This homestand, fans can order a Reuben Sandwich with warm pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and house-made Louie dressing on toasted marble rye bread. The Philly Cheesesteak features shaved ribeye steak, melted cheese and caramelized onions layered on a crusty hoagie roll. Both sandwiches are served with french fries.

Let’s Give Cubs Charities Events
On June 1, in partnership with Autism Speaks, the Cubs are offering Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets in support of MLB’s Autism Awareness Initiative. A portion of every ticket sold will support Autism Speaks’ mission of improving the lives of those impacted by autism. Fans can visit cubs.com/tickets and purchase Autism Awareness tickets under the Game Highlights tab to participate. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

The following day, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation will host its sold out, fourth annual Cook-Off for Cancer, which will feature tasting portions prepared by notable Chicago chefs and served by Cubs players at Morgan Manufacturing. Guests will vote for their favorite chefs and dishes by tipping their Cubs server. Tips and event net proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research as well as provide support to children and their families battling the disease. For more information, visit cubs.com/cook.

Manager Joe Maddon continues his support of Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, May 27, Maddon will represent the Military Youth Discovery Program through USO of Illinois. A grant from Cubs Charities allows the USO of Illinois to provide children of military personnel with year-round educational, recreational and cultural events and programs through the Discovery Kids program. The program is specifically designed to the lift the spirits of military kids who face special challenges with frequent moves and missing parents who are training or deployed.

Homestand Recap, May 27-June 5
Friday, May 27, Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Bud Fridays ‘90s Visor, up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older
  • First pitches: Actor Dave Franco and Chicago native WWE superstar Summer Rae
  • National anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, May 28, Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery
  • National anthem: John Adair
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 29, Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 1:20 p.m.

  • National anthem: Wayne and Kathleen Messmer
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 kids 13 and under

Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day), Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Ryne Sandberg Retired Number Flag presented By Pepsi, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg
  • First pitch: Tristan Hotchkin, son of fallen Pfc. Gunnar Hotchkin, with Helping Hands for Freedom
  • National anthem: Singer Julianna Zobrist, wife of Cubs infielder Ben Zobrist
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, May 31, Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Chicago Fire actor Joe Minoso
  • National anthem: Jessica Rae
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, June 1, Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: “Conquer Cancer Day” Cubs Cap presented by Conquer Cancer Foundation, up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicagoland native NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager
  • National anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • Broadcast: CSN, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Thursday, June 2, Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Actor and Chicago native Joe Mantegna
  • National anthem: Jeff Ray
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Majestic “Jersey Off Their Back” exchange
  • Postgame: Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation’s Cook-Off for Cancer

Friday, June 3, Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Reusable Tote Bag presented by MLB Network, up to the first 20,000 fans
  • First pitch: Member of Oracle Team USA
  • National anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs and current Diamondbacks TV broadcaster Bob Brenly
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Hefty Flips for Charity

Saturday, June 4, Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Commemorative Oversized Jon Lester Trading Card presented by Topps, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne, 2015 WNBA MVP
  • National anthem: Stephanie Varone
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, June 5, Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Laundry Hamper presented by Vienna Beef, up to the first 5,000 kids 13-and-younger
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under

Cubs Third Homestand Events and Promotions: May 5-May 15, 2016

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The Chicago Cubs return home and look to build on their NL Central Division lead as they face the Washington Nationals (May 5-8), San Diego Padres (May 9-11) and division rival Pittsburgh Pirates (May 13-15).

On Mother’s Day, May 8, the Cubs and Advocate Health Care will “Pink Out” the Budweiser Bleachers once again to promote breast cancer prevention awareness while celebrating moms and women everywhere who are survivors. Guests in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive a pink “Save Second Base” T-shirt, and everyone inside the ballpark will be invited to stand to honor cancer survivors in the fourth inning. Breast cancer survivors will participate in festivities including ceremonial first pitches, singing the national anthem, forming a symbolic pink ribbon around the pitcher’s mound, meeting Cubs players as they take the field at each position and leading the seventh-inning stretch. Honorary Bat Girl Molly Oliver, who won Major League Baseball’s nationwide contest, will deliver the lineup card to the umpires. The Cubs will join other Major League Baseball teams that day in wearing pink Mother’s Day jerseys and caps, which will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds from the auction benefit Cubs Charities.

The following Sunday, May 15, Major League Baseball will host “Play Ball” Weekend at Wrigley Field and other participating ballparks across the league. Major League Baseball and USA Baseball launched “Play Ball” as the sport’s largest effort to encourage widespread participation in both formal and informal baseball activities. Local youth baseball and softball players will participate in a pregame cap exchange, rosin bag delivery and “Play Ball” announcement, and they will take the field before meeting Cubs players at each position. All players, umpires and on-field personnel will wear “Play Ball” patches during the game, while on-air broadcast talent will wear “Play Ball” pins. MLB’s “Play Ball” initiative aligns with Cubs Charities’ ongoing programming to promote youth baseball and softball, including the Diamond Project Signature Program and support of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Chicago Park District’s Rookie League and Special Recreation Programs, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Cubs, Inner City Youth Baseball and the development of several baseball fields throughout the city.

Tickets for each game remain available at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Promotions
On Sunday, May 8, Budweiser Bleacher guests will receive a “Save Second Base” T-shirt during the annual “Pink Out” presented by Advocate Health Care.

On Saturday, May 14, Blue Lizard will provide sunscreen for up to the first 35,000 fans.

After both Sunday games this homestand, May 8 and 15, the first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

Food Specials

The Decade Diner, located in the right-field concourse, features rotating homestand specials. This homestand, fans can order a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich with a breaded chicken breast, house-made marinara sauce and provolone cheese served on a toasted garlic hoagie roll with french fries. Also available is the Gilbert’s Aloha Sausage, which is a chicken sausage topped with pineapple salsa, lime aioli, hot sauce and crushed potato chips served on a sausage roll with french fries on the side.

Hot Doug’s will continue serving its selections from the previous homestand at Platform 14, located behind the center-field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. The Dave Rosello is an Argentinian pork and bacon sausage topped with chimichurri and smoked Swiss cheese. The Steve Trachsel is a tequila and black bean chicken sausage topped with jalapeño mustard and pico de gallo. Finally, the Champ Summers is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
On Monday, May 9, the Cubs will team up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation for the annual Cubs Care Grant Luncheon in the Audi Club at Wrigley Field. Cubs Charities and Cubs Care will grant money to more than 30 nonprofit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area. Last year, the Cubs and Robert R. McCormick Foundation distributed more than $1 million in grants. For more information, visit cubscharities.org.

Cubs wives and girlfriends will sell mystery baseballs benefiting Cubs Charities Saturday, May 14. Fans will have the opportunity to buy baseballs signed by current and former players on the concourse near Gate F from the time gates open until the fifth inning (or while supplies last) for $45 each.

Manager Joe Maddon is supporting Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, May 6, Maddon will represent Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago, who connects neighborhoods to the resources they need to become stronger and healthier. LISC Chicago provides grants, loans, technical assistance and other resources to more than 70 partner organizations in low- and moderate-income communities across Chicago. Cubs Charities partners with LISC Chicago to implement the Diamond Project Signature Program.

Homestand Recap, May 5-15:
Thursday, May 5, Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, 7:05 p.m.

  • National anthem: John Vincent
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Friday, May 6, Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch: Percussionist Sunny Ortiz from American rock band Widespread Panic
  • National anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, May 7, Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, 3:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Northwestern University Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald
  • National anthem: Nate Klinger
  • Broadcast: CSN, FS1, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 8 (Mother’s Day), Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: “Save Second Base” T-shirt for up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests as part of the annual “Pink Out” presented by Advocate Health Care
  • First pitches, national anthem and seventh-inning stretch: Breast cancer survivors
  • First pitch: Retired U.S. Army Captain and Medal of Honor recipient Florent “Flo” Groberg
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under

Monday, May 9, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 7:05 p.m.

  • Pregame: Annual Cubs Care Grant Luncheon
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Indianapolis 500 drivers
  • National anthem: Michelle Nash from Broadway in Chicago’s “Disenchanted!” musical
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, May 10, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Second City cast members
  • National anthem: Klea Blackhurst from “Hazel – A Musical Maid in America” at Drury Lane Theatre
  • Broadcast: WPWR-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, May 11, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 7:05 p.m.

  • National anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Friday, May 13, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • National anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, May 14, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Blue Lizard Sunscreen, up to the first 35,000 fans
  • Pregame through fifth inning: Cubs Wives selling mystery baseballs benefiting Cubs Charities
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould
  • National anthem: John Vincent
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 15, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • MLB “Play Ball” Weekend
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Actor, director, musician and Chicago native Gary Sinise
  • National anthem: Deena Jakoub
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under

Cubs Second Homestand Events and Promotions: April 26-May 1, 2016

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The Chicago Cubs will look to continue their hot start to the season as they host the Milwaukee Brewers April 26-28 and the Atlanta Braves April 29-May 1. The club’s 12-4 record through its first 16 games of the season equals the team’s best start in more than 100 years. The Cubs also went 12‐4 to begin the season in 1908, 1913 and 1970.

As fans enter Wrigley Field this homestand, they will notice a new outfield sign for Nuveen Investments located in left field between the foul pole and video board. Nuveen, a leading global provider of investment services to institutions and individual investors, has been a partner of the Cubs since 2005. Their Legacy Partnership includes naming rights to the Nuveen Investments Suite Level at Wrigley Field, plus other in-park signage and special events.

Prior to the first game of the homestand Tuesday, April 26, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta will be recognized pregame for his second career no-hitter, achieved Thursday night during a 16-0 victory over the Reds in Cincinnati.

Former Cubs pitcher and 17-year MLB veteran Milt Pappas, who passed away Tuesday, will be honored with a moment of silence before Tuesday’s game as well.

Several Cubs players will receive their 2015 Esurance MLB Awards prior to the game Thursday, April 28. Jake Arrieta was named Best Starting Pitcher and Best Breakout Player; Kris Bryant was named Best Rookie; and Joe Maddon was named Best Manager.

Tickets remain available at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Promotional Items
On Friday, April 29, up to the first 10,000 early arriving fans will receive a Cubs “Minors to Majors” T-Shirt presented by Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

The following day, April 30, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Ron Santo Replica Statue presented by TransUnion.

Food Specials
Hot Doug’s continues its rotating offerings each homestand at Platform 14, located behind the center-field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. The Dave Rosello is an Argentinian pork and bacon sausage topped with chimichurri and smoked Swiss cheese. The Steve Trachsel is a tequila and black bean chicken sausage topped with jalapeño mustard and pico de gallo. These new offerings join the Champ Summers, which is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
The annual Bricks and Ivy Ball, which is Cubs Charities’ primary fundraising event, takes place after Thursday’s game, April 28. This year’s sold-out gala will feature an island theme at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom. Cubs players, coaches, alumni, owners and management will be in attendance for an evening of musical entertainment, cocktails and dinner. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on unique live and silent auction items. Net proceeds benefit Cubs Charities. For more information, visit cubs.com/bricksandivy.

Manager Joe Maddon is once again supporting Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, April 29, Maddon will represent Action for Healthy Kids, a group that fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives.

Homestand Recap, April 26-May 1
Tuesday, April 26, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Pregame: Jake Arrieta no-hitter recognition
  • Pregame: Moment of silence for former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas
  • First pitches: NFL Network personalities Kurt Warner and Mike Mayock
  • Seventh-inning stretch: NFL Network personalities Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci and Melissa Stark
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, April 27, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: NFL Network personalities Maurice Jones-Drew and Ike Taylor
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Thursday, April 28, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Pregame: Presentation of 2015 Esurance MLB Awards
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Cubs Charities Bricks and Ivy Ball

Friday, April 29, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs “Minors to Majors” T-Shirt presented by Tennessee Smoky Mountains (up to first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Music artist and producer Warren G
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, April 30, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Ron Santo Replica Statue presented by TransUnion (up to first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch: WWE Superstar and Chicago native Danielle Moinet, aka “Summer Rae”
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 1, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitches: WWE 16-time World Champion Ric Flair and WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Kids Run the Bases (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)

Cubs Opening Homestand Events and Promotions: April 11-17

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Following a six-game road trip to begin the 2016 season, the Chicago Cubs will host Opening Night at Wrigley Field Monday, April 11, at 7:05 p.m. vs. the Cincinnati Reds. The homestand continues vs. the Reds until April 14, followed by a visit from the Colorado Rockies April 15-17.

Gates will open 30 minutes earlier than the standard two-hour window on Opening Night at 4:35 p.m. to help accommodate the new security procedures implemented at Wrigley Field this season, including mandatory metal detector screenings as fans enter the gates. Fans are encouraged to arrive to games earlier this season and can find information about the new screening process at cubs.com/security.

Up to the first 30,000 early arriving fans on Opening Night will receive a Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano’s. Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams will throw ceremonial first pitches and lead the seventh-inning stretch. Each base and baseball used during the game will feature special Opening Day logos. Pending availability, fans can purchase these items at the Cubs Authentics kiosk located in the main concourse or by visiting cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds benefit Cubs Charities.

On Friday, April 15, the Cubs will join all of Major League Baseball by hosting Jackie Robinson Day at Wrigley Field. Jackie Robinson’s legacy is memorialized each year on April 15 to recognize the anniversary of the Hall of Famer breaking baseball’s color barrier. Uniformed players and personnel at each ballpark will wear Jackie Robinson’s retired No. 42 on their jerseys that day. Each base used at Wrigley Field will feature a commemorative Jackie Robinson Day base jewel. These game-used bases may be purchased at the Cubs Authentics kiosk, and the No. 42 jerseys will be available through an online Cubs Authentics auction benefiting Cubs Charities. The team will present the 10th annual Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award, which recognizes diverse business partners who exhibit and continue the legacy of Jackie Robinson. A pregame ceremony will include video highlighting Jackie Robinson’s career and legacy.

Two Cubs players will receive awards from last season during the homestand. Major League Baseball will present outfielder Jason Heyward with his 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award pregame April 15. On Sunday, April 17, third baseman Kris Bryant will receive his Player’s Choice Award for National League Outstanding Rookie from the Major League Baseball Players Association.

This season marks a century of the Cubs playing at Wrigley Field (which originally hosted the Federal League’s Chi-Feds and Whales from 1914-15). The team will wear a commemorative patch featuring a version of the team’s 1916 logo in modern colors on home uniforms throughout the 2016 season. Following Opening Night, the celebratory logo will be featured on base jewels and as a stamp on baseballs used during 2016 home games.

Tickets remain available at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). New attractions at Wrigley Field and highlights of the homestand follow.

Ballpark Updates
Fans sitting in the Budweiser Bleachers will notice a new Budweiser Bleacher Bar as they enter the gates at the corner of Sheffield and Waveland avenues. This sizeable bar offers an array of beer, cocktails and wine on the main concourse level. Bleacher guests also will enjoy five new display cases showcasing Cubs and Wrigley Field history, a replica ivy wall perfect for photo opportunities and additional décor throughout the bleacher concourse.

Those looking for a VIP experience inside the Budweiser Bleachers can reserve the Fannie May Bleacher Sweet (formerly the Budweiser Bleacher Suite), an ideal space for corporate or large group gatherings that offers heating and air conditioning, private restrooms, limited parking passes and all-inclusive food and beverage, including the chance to purchase upgraded dessert packages. Additionally, clients throughout the Nuveen Investments Suite Level can treat their guests to pre-ordered Fannie May chocolate trays, cheesecakes and souvenirs to help celebrate birthdays and other special occasions.

This season, through a number of contests and retail activations, Pepsi will reward fans each game with the opportunity to sit in four reserved seats in the new Pepsi Batter’s Eye, located in center field in the Budweiser Bleachers below the iconic Wrigley Field scoreboard.

Guests on the terrace level of Wrigley Field’s reserved seating bowl can order many of their favorite ballpark concessions at the new Marquee Grill located directly behind its namesake sign.

Finally, guests and Season Ticket Holders driving to and from Wrigley Field will notice newly branded parking lots as part of the team’s Legacy Partnership with Toyota. The updated names include the Toyota RAV4 Lot, formerly the Brown Lot, and the Toyota Camry Lot, formerly the Green Lot, which includes premier parking spaces for a limited number of early arriving fans who are driving Toyota cars. A parking map and full list of updated lot names can be found at cubs.com/transportation.

Promotional Items
Up to the first 30,000 early arriving fans on Opening Night, April 11, will receive a Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano’s.

Food and Beverage Offerings
Fans seeking a hot dog or sausage at Wrigley Field can select from a menu as deep as the Cubs roster, with 25 different options available throughout the ballpark.

Gilbert’s Craft Sausages joins the team this year with three offerings at the new Gilbert’s Grill Cart in the main concourse. The Caprese Sausage is a chicken sausage topped with diced tomatoes, chopped basil, mozzarella pearls and balsamic glaze. The Aloha Sausage is a chicken sausage topped with pineapple salsa, lime aioli, hot sauce and crushed potato chips. The Beef and Cheddar is a beef smoked sausage with cheddar cheese, topped with mac and cheese, bacon, caramelized onions and BBQ sauce. All three options are available during the opening homestand.

Back by popular demand, Budweiser Bleacher guests will continue to enjoy rotating Hot Doug’s offerings this season. The opening homestand features The Barry Foote, which is a corned beef sausage, aka “The Tueben,” topped with Russian dressing, shredded Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. The Joe Wallis is a curry bratwurst topped with curry dijonnaise, caramelized onions and smoked gouda cheese. The Champ Summers is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions.

Fans also can enjoy High Plains Bison hot dogs, bratwursts and Italian sausages at the High Plains Bison Grill Cart, while vegetarian guests can opt for Veggie Hot Dogs at the Decade Dogs stand. Guests in the Nuveen Investments Suite Level can order additional specialty dog options such as the Philly Dog, Deli Dog, Big Kid Dog and Taco Dog, while diners in the Audi Club can enjoy the new Colossal Deconstructed Hot Dog.

These unique options join a robust offering of classic Vienna Beef hot dogs, Chicago dogs, three footlong selections, bratwursts, Italian sausages, Polish sausages and Wrigley Field Smokies served at various locations throughout the ballpark, including the Decade Dogs stand, concession stands, grill carts and in-seat vending.

Of course, guests have options beyond hot dogs and sausages. Family-owned Buona Beef joins the team as the Official Italian Beef of the Chicago Cubs after serving Chicago’s original Italian beef sandwiches since 1981.

Giordano’s Pizza returns to exclusively provide what many claim to be Chicago’s best stuffed pizza.

Fans age 21-and-older looking to wash down their meal with an adult beverage can order beers ranging from classics like Budweiser to newer offerings like Goose Island’s Four Star Pils or Goose IPA.

Budweiser Bleacher guests can try the new Chicago Dog Bloody Mary, which is a classic Bloody Mary with a celery salt and poppy seed rim, skewer with a mini Vienna Beef Chicago dog and garnishes served in a souvenir mason jar.

Terlato Wines will offer Nuveen Investments Suite Level guests the chance to purchase an upgraded food and wine package, as well as a Sommelier Wine Tasting Suite Experience complete with a pregame tour of Wrigley Field.

Tito’s Vodka will soon introduce “Brunch at the Ballpark,” which will allow fans to purchase an all-inclusive ticket for Tito’s Bloody Marys and breakfast foods during select Sunday home games throughout the season.

These offerings join an existing roster of classic favorites and creative homestand specials prepared by Levy Restaurants.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
The Chicago Cubs will host the 11th Annual Race to Wrigley Charity Run presented by ATI Physical Therapy Saturday, April 23, following the team’s first homestand. This year’s Race to Wrigley 5K route will feature an updated course, allowing runners to race through historic Wrigley Field. Race participants will again see and experience the Lakeview neighborhood along the course route before entering the concourse through the Budweiser Bleacher Gate on Sheffield Avenue and crossing the finish line steps away from the Wrigley Field Marquee. For more information and to register, fans can visit racetowrigley.com.

Manager Joe Maddon will once again support Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon will represent a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his post-game press conference. On Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, Maddon will represent the Jackie Robinson Foundation, whose scholarship program is designed to address the financial needs of minority college students and provide comprehensive mentoring services through its 42 Strategies for Success Curriculum.

Homestand Recap, April 11-17

Monday, April 11, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m. (Gates open early at 4:35 p.m.)

  • Promotion: Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano’s, up to the first 30,000 fans
  • National Anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • First pitches and seventh-inning stretch: Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, April 13, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller
  • Broadcast: CSN+, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Thursday, April 14, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • Pregame: Cubs Charities Diamond Project grant recipients recognized.
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Friday, April 15, Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies, 1:20 p.m.

  • Pregame: Jackie Robinson Day Ceremony
  • Award presentation: Jason Heyward 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Former Blackhawks forward, 2013 Stanley Cup champion and current Blackhawks community liaison Jamal Mayers
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, April 16, Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies, 1:20 p.m.

  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, April 17, Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies, 1:20 p.m.

  • Award presentation: Kris Bryant 2015 Player’s Choice Award for National League Outstanding Rookie
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs outfielder Bobby Dernier
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, April 23, Race to Wrigley Charity Run presented by ATI Physical Therapy, 8 a.m.

Worth the Wait: Navigating the Cubs Season Ticket Holder Waiting List

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Greg Augsburg is the personification of the old axiom “Good things come to those who wait.”

When Augsburg was a college student at Eastern Illinois University in the mid-2000s, he got into the habit of watching the standard Cubs 1:20 day game. Each telecast would include a plug about joining the Season Ticket Holder Waiting List. For the longtime Cubs fan, who always followed the team but really got hooked around the time of the 2003 playoff run, it was a siren call.

“It was always something to look forward to,” said Augsburg, now a technology coordinator and trainer at Wood Dale School District 7. “What’s five minutes out of my day to fill out a questionnaire? It was just something charming to think of once in a while.”

Of course, Augsburg knew it would be a while before he got a crack at tickets. The Cubs send regular updates on where each person stands in line, and at one point, he was informed he was customer No. 75,000.

“I was like, ‘Oh, this is never going to happen,’” Augsburg said, laughing. “Seriously, my train of thought was, ‘Well, maybe when I’m retired, I’ll get to do it.’”

Though he did have a little wait, a decade later, the 29-year-old is now the proud owner of two Cubs season tickets.

The Chicago Cubs Season Ticket Holder Waiting List is a no-cost way for Cubs fans to get in line for season tickets. To join the list, fans complete the form at cubs.com/waitinglist and, well, wait. How fast the list turns over depends on various factors. Seat locations primarily become available when current Season Ticket Holders opt not to renew their spots, so the product on the field can be a big determinant.

With the Cubs major-league team struggling over the last few seasons, there was quite a bit of turnover. That’s not the case anymore.

Going into 2015, the Cubs churned through 17,112 names on the waiting list before hitting capacity. That kind of movement is why Augsburg became a Season Ticket Holder in his late-20s instead of his late-60s. This year, the team went through fewer than 1,000 names.

“It’s always fun to welcome new Season Ticket Holders into the Cubs family, especially since we know our fans wait years for the opportunity,” said Cubs Senior Director of Ticketing Cale Vennum. “The increased interest in becoming a Season Ticket Holder is just another example of the tremendous demand we’ve seen to watch this year’s exciting team. It may take some time to get that call, but stories like Greg’s are a reminder the wait is definitely worthwhile.”

After completing the form, fans receive an account number and their current place on the list. The list is updated annually, and fans receive periodic emails so they know just how close—or far—they are from getting an opportunity.

Augsburg worked with Cubs Ticket Sales Representative Charles Zubrod, who he said offered constant feedback and communication once his number finally came up. Not only did Zubrod provide progress updates and advice about how to get through the line quickly once Augsburg got into the virtual waiting room, he was also honest and helped temper expectations. There is no guarantee a fan’s preferred seats will be open.

If a fan is offered a season ticket location but chooses to decline the offer, the Cubs will proceed to the next person in the queue, and that fan will be required to sign up again and obtain a new waiting list number, which can mean years more waiting.

But when the day came and Augsburg went online to claim his spot, the stars aligned, and he was able to get exactly what he wanted. Now he has only one more thing left to wait for—another deep Cubs playoff run.

“This really is quite the opportunity,” Augsburg said. “We’re probably in our best position to win in a very long time, and it just happens to be the year that my number gets called. It’s very nice. Coincidental, but I’ll take it.”

Cubs extend partnership with Pepsi

Following an extended partnership announced today, fans visiting Wrigley Field will continue to enjoy Pepsi, the Official Soft Drink of the Chicago Cubs, while also having the opportunity to win unique experiences and prizes throughout the season.

“We’re thrilled to continue our longstanding partnership with Pepsi,” said Allen Hermeling, Cubs senior director of corporate partnerships. “For decades, Cubs fans have enjoyed ice cold Pepsi as part of the game experience at Wrigley Field, and both organizations are proud to see this tradition continue.”

Beginning this season, Pepsi will reward fans each game with the opportunity to sit in four reserved seats in the new Pepsi Batter’s Eye, located in center field in the Budweiser Bleachers below the iconic Wrigley Field scoreboard. Pepsi will give Cubs fans a chance to get closer to the action as well, with opportunities to participate in the operation of the manually operated scoreboard controls from the press box; presenting the lineup card and saying “play ball” before a Cubs home game; playing catch in the outfield prior to a game; and watching batting practice from the field.

In addition to providing unique fan experiences, Pepsi will present multiple promotional dates each season with giveaway items for up to the first 10,000 fans. The new Pepsi Batter’s Eye center-field bleacher façade will feature a Pepsi logo, plus rotational signage behind home plate and inside the main concourse. Pepsi will continue to support Cubs Charities fundraising events.

“Pepsi loves the great sport of baseball and we are excited to show Cubs fans what we have planned this season,” said Kim McConnie, Pepsi senior director of sports marketing. “We look forward to continuing to refresh fans at Wrigley Field with our partner, the Cubs.”

Other popular PepsiCo beverages, including Mountain Dew and Sierra Mist, remain available for purchase at Wrigley Field. Gatorade continues to be the Official Sports Fuel of the Cubs, hydrating athletes on field.

Cubs announce 2016 promotional schedule, celebration plans for a century of the club at Wrigley Field

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The Chicago Cubs today announced the 2016 promotional item schedule for home games at Wrigley Field, featuring classic items like bobbleheads, caps, shirts and replica statues, plus a few new additions such as pajama bottoms, misting fans and graphic socks. Fans can purchase tickets to each regular season home game during the general on-sale tomorrow, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. CST, at cubs.com or by calling 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

This season, the Cubs will celebrate a century of the team playing at Wrigley Field (which originally hosted the Federal League’s Chi-Feds and Whales from 1914-15). The Cubs will wear a commemorative patch featuring a version of the team’s 1916 logo in modern colors on home uniforms throughout the 2016 season. The celebratory logo will be featured on base jewels and as a stamp on baseballs used during 2016 home games. On Wednesday, July 6 against the Cincinnati Reds, both teams will wear 1916 throwback uniforms, and the Cubs will give away up to 30,000 replica throwback jerseys presented by Ideal Industries Inc. to fans in attendance.

In addition to the Century of Cubs at Wrigley Field celebration, fans can choose from a full schedule of promotional items, including a Ron Santo Replica Statue, Ryne Sandberg Retired Number Flag, bobbleheads featuring Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber and Joe Maddon, plus six Bud Friday giveaways for adults 21-and-older in the Budweiser Bleachers. Children 13-and-younger can receive exclusive giveaways like a Cubs laundry hamper or youth batting practice pullover at Kids Sundays home games, plus the opportunity to run the bases after each Sunday day game.

“Cubs fans look forward to a number of different promotions each season, and we love to see how excited everyone gets when they enter the ballpark and receive that coveted item,” said Alison Miller, senior director of marketing for the Cubs. “We’re looking forward to some unique additions to our calendar this year, such as bobbleheads commemorating memorable plays like Anthony Rizzo’s tarp catch last season, or our trifecta of postseason award winners. Fans will want to select their tickets and arrive to Wrigley Field early to ensure they can participate.”

Tickets for each regular season home game are available for purchase during tomorrow’s general on-sale, including the home opener vs. the Cincinnati Reds, summer holiday games and rivalry contests with the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, as well as Interleague matchups with rare summer visits from the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.

Tickets can be purchased online at cubs.com. A virtual waiting room will begin accepting customers at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., customers will be randomly selected from the virtual waiting room to begin purchasing tickets. All Internet customers will need a valid account. It’s recommended fans register for an account prior to February 26. Fans also can purchase tickets by dialing 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). There is a four-ticket purchase limit for Marquee and Platinum games per household, credit card or email address.

The full 2016 promotional calendar with supporting partners follows (subject to changes and additions).

2016 Promotional Item Schedule at Wrigley Field
April
April 11—Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano’s (Up to first 30,000 fans)
April 30—Ron Santo Replica Statue presented by TransUnion (Up to first 10,000 fans)

May
May 8—Cubs Charities “Pink Out” T-shirt presented by Advocate Health Care (Up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans)
May 30—Ryne Sandberg Retired Number Flag presented by Pepsi (Up to first 10,000 fans)

June
June 1—Cubs Cap presented by Conquer Cancer Foundation (Up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans)
June 3—Cubs Tote Bag presented by MLB Network (Up to first 20,000 fans)
June 4—Commemorative Oversized Trading Card presented by Topps (Up to first 10,000 fans)
June 5—Cubs Laundry Hamper presented by Vienna Beef (Up to first 5,000 children) ⓿
June 19—Kids Hooded Towel (Up to first 5,000 children) ⓿

July
July 4—Cubs Camo Apron presented by Magellan Corporation (Up to first 10,000 fans)
July 5—Anthony Rizzo “Tarp Catch” Bobblehead presented by Reynolds Wrap (Up to first 10,000 fans)
July 6—1916 Chicago Cubs Replica Throwback Jersey presented by Ideal Industries Inc. (Up to first 30,000 fans)
July 17—Cubs Family Decals presented by Gonnella Baking Co. (Up to first 5,000 children) ⓿
July 18—Cubs Ear Buds with Case presented by Starwood Preferred Guest (Up to first 10,000 fans)
July 19—Cubs Pajama Bottoms presented by American Airlines (Up to first 10,000 fans)
July 20—Jake Arrieta “Cy Young” Award Bobblehead presented by Pepsi (Up to first 10,000 fans)
July 30—Cubs Misting Fan presented by Comcast SportsNet (Up to first 10,000 fans)
July 31—Cubs Youth Batting Practice Pullover (Up to first 5,000 children) ⓿

August
Aug. 1—Kris Bryant “Rookie of the Year” Award Bobblehead presented by Wintrust Community Banks (Up to first 10,000 fans)
Aug. 3—Cubs Graphic Socks presented by StubHub (Up to first 10,000 fans)
Aug. 14—Clark Hat presented by Velveeta   (Up to first 5,000 children) ⓿
Aug. 16—Joe Maddon “Manager of the Year” Award Bobblehead presented by Benjamin Moore (Up to first 10,000 fans)
Aug. 17—Cubs Beach Tote Bag presented by Las Vegas (Up to first 10,000 fans)
Aug. 18—Cubs Floppy Hat presented by RumChata (Up to first 10,000 Adults) ●
Aug. 30—Cubs Wine Cork Sunglasses presented by Barefoot Wine (Up to first 10,000 Adults) ●

September
Sept. 3—Cubs Tumbler presented by Pepsi (Up to first 10,000 fans)
Sept. 16—Kyle Schwarber “Home Run” Bobblehead presented by Comcast SportsNet (Up to first 10,000 fans)
Sept. 17—Cubs Stainless Steel Drink Bottle presented by Ideal Industries Inc. (Up to first 10,000 fans)
Sept. 18—Item TBD presented by Jewel-Osco (Up to first 10,000 fans)

Budweiser Bleacher Fridays
May 27—Bud Fridays #1: ’90s Visor (Up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher Adults) ●
June 17—Bud Fridays #2: T-shirt (Up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher Adults) ●
July 15—Bud Fridays #3: Distressed Cubs Cap (Up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher Adults) ●
July 29—Bud Fridays #4: Tank Top (Up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher Adults) ●
Aug. 1—Bud Fridays #5: Cubs Fedora (Up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher Adults) ●
Sept. 2—Bud Fridays #6: Maddon Glasses (Up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher Adults) ●

Visit cubs.com throughout the season for an updated promotional schedule.
*Tentative, subject to change ● Age 21-and-older ⓿ Age 13-and-younger
The first 1,000 kids 13-and-younger run the bases after every Sunday day game.

Cubs announce single-game ticket purchase options for 2016

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The Cubs today announced details for purchasing single-game tickets for the 2016 season. Single-game tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. CST, and will be available on cubs.com or by calling 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

Fans may once again participate in the MasterCard Presale prior to the general on-sale date. Starting Tuesday, Feb. 23, at noon CST, single-game tickets will be available at cubs.com for a 20 percent premium, or a 15 percent premium for fans using a MasterCard.

“Following a deep postseason run and exciting offseason, there is tremendous demand to watch the Cubs this year,” said Colin Faulkner, Cubs senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Between impressive renewal rates among our largest Season Ticket Holder base in team history, to early sales of our multi-game ticket packs, we have seen many of our popular games sell quickly already. Fans will want to secure tickets to their must-have dates as soon as possible.”

Tickets from each regular-season home game are available for purchase during the MasterCard Presale and general on-sale, including the home opener against the Cincinnati Reds, summer holiday games, Kids Sundays, rivalry contests with the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, as well as Interleague matchups with rare summer visits from the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.

Details for each single-game purchasing option follow:

MASTERCARD PRESALE:
The Cubs will once again offer the MasterCard Presale starting Tuesday, Feb. 23, at noon through Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 11:59 p.m. Fans using a MasterCard can purchase single-game tickets in advance of the general on-sale date at a 15 percent premium, while fans using other forms of payment may purchase tickets at a 20 percent premium. MasterCard Presale tickets may be purchased at cubs.com.

SINGLE-GAME GENERAL ON-SALE:
Via the Internet: On Friday, Feb. 26, fans can purchase tickets at cubs.com. A virtual waiting room will begin accepting customers at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., customers will be randomly selected from the virtual waiting room to begin purchasing tickets. All Internet customers will need a valid account. Customers are recommended to register for an account prior to Feb. 26.

By Telephone: Tickets can be purchased by telephone beginning Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. Call 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

At Wrigley Field: Due to offseason construction happening in and around the ballpark, the team is not able to offer in-person single-game ticket sales until closer to the season.

There is a four-ticket purchase limit for Marquee and Platinum games per household, credit card or email address. For more information, please contact the Chicago Cubs Ticket Office at 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

Cubs 6-game packs and 12-game flex packs go on sale this week

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Starting Thursday, Cubs fans can get first access to tickets for the hottest matchups of the 2016 season by purchasing Cubs 6-Game Packs and Cubs 12-Game Flex Packs before single-game tickets go on sale in February.

These multi-game packages are the team’s most extensive ticket offering before the holiday season in recent years, featuring tickets to the team’s home opener vs. the Reds, summer Friday games, Kids Sundays and holiday matchups. Fans also can catch rivalry contests against the White Sox, Pirates and Cardinals, as well as Interleague matchups with visits from the Angels, Mariners and Rangers.

“After an exciting season and equally optimistic outlook for 2016, we’re pleased to once again offer Cubs 6-Game Packs and Cubs 12-Game Flex Packs—now available before the holiday season,” said Cubs Vice President of Sales and Partnerships Colin Faulkner. “These multi-game packs are the best way for our fans to secure tickets to their must-have matchups before single game tickets go on sale.”

Cubs 6-Game Packs and Cubs 12-Game Flex Packs go on sale at cubs.com/packs this Thursday at noon CST.

Cubs 6-Game Pack
The Cubs 6-Game Pack provides a choice of four different pre-selected, six-game plans, with each option tailored to different fan interests. Options include the “Friday Pack,” featuring six Friday games throughout the season; the “Sunday Pack,” featuring Sunday home games with opportunities for kids 13-and-under to run the bases postgame; the “Rivals Pack,” featuring matchups with the White Sox, Mets and NL Central Division foes; and the “Holiday Pack,” featuring games on holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend.

Cubs 6-Game Packs are available in both the Budweiser Bleachers and reserved seating bowl of Wrigley Field. Fans must order the same number of tickets for each of the six games in their package. Prices start at just $126 before service fees and City and County amusement taxes for a “Rivals Pack” in the Upper Deck Reserved Outfield, with other prices varying based on plan and location.

Cubs 12-Game Flex Pack
Fans looking to customize their ticket package can choose the Cubs 12-Game Flex Pack. This package allows fans to select from three prime games, such as the team’s home opener vs. the Reds or Crosstown Cup Series vs. the White Sox, plus nine additional games from each month throughout the season. Cubs 12-Game Flex Packs are available in both the Budweiser Bleachers and reserved seating bowl of Wrigley Field. Prices start at just $179 in the Upper Deck Reserved Outfield before service fees and City and County amusement taxes, with other prices varying based on plan and location. Overall, fans can select from 56 total games when purchasing the Cubs 12-Game Flex Pack.

Tickets may be purchased online through cubs.com/packs, by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS (1-800-843-2827) or by speaking with the Fan Services team at 773-388-8270.