Fans supported last year’s Pink Out event in the bleachers. (Photo by Stephen Green)
The Budweiser Bleacher seating option will return to Cubs fans for the first time in 2015 as the North Siders host the Mets from May 11-14 and the Pirates from May 15-17. The bleachers in left field and center field open for occupancy starting May 11.
The homestand opener coincides with Cubs Charities’ “Pink Out” presented by Advocate Health Care on the first Cubs home game following Mother’s Day. Each guest in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive a “Pink Out” T-shirt to promote breast cancer prevention awareness while celebrating moms and women everywhere who are survivors. Fans who aren’t sitting in the bleachers but would still like to participate may visit Gate F, where wives of Cubs players and coaches will accept donations in exchange for a “Pink Out” shirt. These donations will help provide mammograms for under- and uninsured women through Cubs Charities and Advocate Charitable Foundation.
In support of the event, Cubs players will wear pink batting practice jerseys that will later be available by auction through Cubs Authentics, with proceeds also funding mammograms for under- and uninsured women. The bases used on the field—also available through Cubs Authentics—will feature commemorative #PinkOut base jewels, and guests are encouraged to share pictures from the evening using the hashtag to promote breast cancer prevention awareness.
Ginny Cooper, a 10-year survivor, will serve as MLB’s Honorary Bat Girl and deliver the game’s lineup card. She was selected based on her story about “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer.” She will be joined by other breast cancer survivors and volunteers who will throw the game’s ceremonial first pitch, sing the National Anthem and lead the seventh-inning stretch. Overall, Advocate will bring more than 50 survivors to enjoy the game in the stands.
In addition to Monday’s “Pink Out,” Cubs Charities will continue this year’s Let’s Give campaign by supporting the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation’s Third Annual Cook-Off for Cancer on May 14. The event will feature upscale versions of ballpark food prepared by notable Chicago chefs and served by Cubs players at Revel Downtown. 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.
On Friday, May 15, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his Respect Community charity T-shirt initiative by representing Cubs Rookie League Baseball during his postgame press conference.
Tickets remain available for the upcoming homestand at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow:
The homestand will begin May 11 with all fans in the Budweiser Bleachers receiving a Cubs Charities “Pink Out” T-shirt presented by Advocate Health Care. On Saturday, May 16, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Cubs Reusable Tote Bag presented by MLB Network. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame Sunday, May 17.
This homestand, the Decade Diner located in the right-field concourse will serve a Turkey Club Sandwich—a triple decker with toasted bread, sliced turkey, bacon, sliced tomatoes, crisp lettuce and mayo—as well as the Reuben Sandwich with warm pastrami, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and Louie dressing on toasted marble rye bread.
Homestand Recap and Guests, May 11-17
Monday, May 11 vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Cubs Charities “Pink Out” T-shirt presented by Advocate Health Care, all Budweiser Bleacher fans
- First pitches and seventh-inning stretch: Breast cancer survivors
- MLB Honorary Bat Girl: Ginny Cooper, 10-year breast cancer survivor
- Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Tuesday, May 12 vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m.
- First pitch: WNBA Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley
- Broadcast: CSN+, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Wednesday, May 13 vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m.
- First pitch: Chicago Bears defensive end David Bass
- Broadcast: WGN, ESPN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com
Thursday, May 14 vs. New York Mets, 1:20 p.m.
- Seventh-inning stretch: DePaul Men’s Basketball Coach Dave Leitao
- Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com
- Postgame: Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation’s Third Annual Cook-Off for Cancer
Friday, May 15 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.
- First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: UIC Men’s Basketball Coach Steve McClain
- Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Saturday, May 16 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 3:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Cubs Reusable Tote Bag presented by MLB Network, first 20,000 fans
- Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs infielder Bill Madlock
- Broadcast: WLS-TV, FS1, WBBM 780-AM, ESPN Radio, Cubs.com
Sunday, May 17 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.
- Broadcast: WGN, MLBN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
- Kids Run the Bases post-game, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under
The April 7 game between the Cubs and Cardinals that was postponed due to weather is scheduled to be made up on Tuesday, July 7, as the first game of a split doubleheader at Wrigley Field. The makeup game will be played at 12:20 p.m. and will be followed by the regularly scheduled game at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets to the April 7 game at Wrigley Field will be honored for the 12:20 p.m. July 7 game. No ticket exchange is necessary.
Separate tickets are required for each game, and gates will reopen approximately 90 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
Tickets for both July 7 games are available for sale at cubs.com, by phone at 1-800-THE-CUBS or at the Wrigley Field ticket windows.
Wrigley Field’s Budweiser Bleachers will have a new look and feel this season as the Chicago Cubs reopen the bleachers in phases with new group spaces, improved concessions and additional room for fans to socialize and watch the game.
The bleachers in left and center field remain on track to open for occupancy May 11, which will coincide with Cubs Charities’ Pink Out presented by Advocate Health Care on the first home game following Mother’s Day. Each guest in the Budweiser Bleachers that day will receive a “Pink Out” T-shirt to promote breast cancer prevention awareness and celebrate moms and women everywhere who are survivors. The right-field bleachers will open for occupancy as planned June 11. Work will continue throughout May and June as the team finishes the new spaces and additional amenities, including new concessions and food offerings. The overall enhanced Budweiser Bleachers will be completed in early July. The team will host a celebratory event for guests in the Budweiser Bleachers on Friday, July 3.
“There’s no experience quite like sitting in the Budweiser Bleachers for a Cubs game,” said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney. “With new group spaces, wider concourses and expanded concession service, we are excited to open the Budweiser Bleachers for our next homestand and celebrate the relaunch of one of the most popular seats in sports with our legacy partner, Anheuser-Busch.”
A combination of portable and fixed concessions and vendors will be available in the Budweiser Bleachers beginning May 11. The new Platform 14, an outdoor concession area located behind the historic scoreboard, is scheduled to open in early July. Platform 14 will offer expanded food preparation spaces and a larger variety of freshly prepared food items. When the Budweiser Bleacher expansion is completed, fans will enjoy shorter wait times with additional points of sale and a wider variety of food and beverage offerings.
The new Budweiser Bleachers also include new video boards and signage that feature a mix of game and player stats, video replays, historical Cubs footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with the team, as well as baseball content from around the league.
In addition to the expanded spaces and amenities, the Cubs and Budweiser have teamed up to present new Budweiser Bleacher Fridays on select dates throughout the 2015 season. Budweiser Bleacher Fridays will feature pre- or postgame entertainment, exclusive giveaway items, special food and beverages, and more. This year’s schedule is headlined by a postgame Extra Innings Show for all game attendees featuring Fitz & The Tantrums on Friday, July 10. Budweiser Bleacher guests will receive an Extra Innings Concert Koozie. Other Budweiser Bleacher Friday themes include a Beach Bash (May 29), Country Day (June 12), Red, White and Brew (July 3), ‘90s Day (Aug. 21), and Singles and Doubles Day (Sept. 18).
In addition to general admission seating in the Budweiser Bleachers, several new and enhanced spaces are available that provide a fun atmosphere, additional amenities and space for groups of various sizes.
Budweiser Bleacher Group Spaces:
Budweiser Patio: The Budweiser Patio offers standing room and reserved seating below the new video board in right field with all-inclusive food and beverage. This space is perfect for large groups of 50-150 fans. Beginning this season, the Budweiser Patio will feature an expanded footprint and additional concessions options. The Budweiser Patio will open June 11.
Budweiser Bleacher Suite: The enclosed Budweiser Bleacher Suite offers a premier gameday experience for groups of 50-100 guests. Located in center field, guests in the Budweiser Bleacher Suite will enjoy a food and beverage package and easy access to the Budweiser Bleachers. This is a great space for corporate gatherings or large group events. The Budweiser Bleacher Suite will open May 11.
Left-Field Porch: This large group space offers a mix of standing-room and bleacher seating options beneath the new left-field video board for groups of up to 100 people. Featuring an all-inclusive beverage package, the Left-Field Porch is a great space for corporate employee engagement events or large group gatherings. The Left Field Porch will open May 11.
Right-Field Porch: Similar to the Left-Field Porch, this large group space offers a mix of standing-room and bleacher seating options for groups of up to 100 people. Featuring an all-inclusive beverage package, the Right-Field Porch is a great space for corporate employee engagement events or large group gatherings. The Right-Field Porch will be open to all Budweiser Bleacher guests on select dates this season. The Right-Field Porch will open June 11.
Left-Field Well: The new Left-Field Well features space close to the action in the first two rows above the left-field wall with designated standing-room and limited seating for groups of 15 to 50 fans. The Left-Field Well offers guests the best view in the bleachers to catch all the action on the field and is perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties and special events. The Left-Field Well will open May 11.
“With new offerings to complement the bleacher experience fans already know and love, we are thrilled to open the enhanced Budweiser Bleachers and welcome back our fans in the coming weeks,” said Vice President of Sales and Partnerships Colin Faulkner. “Guests can begin booking these new spaces today to ensure they are part of an exciting season of Cubs baseball.”
Budweiser Bleacher tickets are available for sale now at www.cubs.com/bleachers, by phone at 1-800-THE-CUBS or at the Wrigley Field Ticket Windows. Fans can find more information about each Budweiser Bleacher group space and directions for booking at www.cubs.com/bleachers.
This season, the Cubs will debut a new twist on an old tradition. After each Cubs win at Wrigley Field, the team will keep the Wintrust “W” lit above the new video board once the ballpark lights turn off.
Though the left-field video board is definitely new, the concept of keeping a blue light shining after Cubs wins is not. During the major renovation of 1937, when the team constructed the modern-style bleachers and scoreboard and planted the ivy, the idea came about to install two lights atop the scoreboard along with the W and L flags. That way, commuters on the El would still be able to tell if the Cubs won or lost even after it got dark and it was no longer possible to see the flags.
The Cubs installed a blue light on the third-base side of the scoreboard to be lit following wins and a white light on first-base side for losses. More than 75 years later, those lights were still being used.
To continue to preserve this history while utilizing Wrigley Field’s newest assets to their best effect, the Cubs will have a new tradition following Cubs wins. Long after “Go, Cubs, Go” has finished playing and the crowds have poured back out into Wrigleyville, the blue W in the Wintrust logo atop the video board will keep fans and commuters posted on the fate of their beloved Cubs. Watch for it all season at the Friendly Confines.
The Cubs announced Monday that the organization and its fans will help those affected by tornadoes that swept through Fairdale and Rochelle, Illinois, last week, during Tuesday night’s game against the Reds.
Cubs associates will collect monetary donations at the gates at Wrigley Field before the start of the game. Money raised during the evening will benefit the Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, a campaign of the McCormick Foundation to support nonprofit agencies providing disaster relief and recovery efforts to those communities hit hardest by the tornadoes.
Proceeds from the night’s Cubs Charities 50/50 Raffle also will benefit the cause.
The Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, a campaign of the McCormick Foundation, supports nonprofit agencies providing disaster relief and recovery efforts to those communities hit hardest by the tornadoes. The McCormick Foundation will match the first $500,000 raised at 50 cents on the dollar. All administrative costs are paid by the foundation and its partners, allowing 100 percent of all funds raised, plus the match, to be granted directly to nonprofit organizations helping those most affected by the storm.
Fans who cannot attend the game but would like to make a donation to the tornado disaster relief effort can give through Sunday, April 19, by visiting cubs.com/give.
After a short three-game set in Colorado, the Cubs return home for the second homestand of the year at Wrigley Field. From April 13-19, the Cubs welcome the division-rival Reds and the rebuilt and reloaded Padres squad. They’ll also welcome the cast of the Book of Mormon and The Second City Mainstage.
Here are the other guests and promotions you’ll find at the Friendly Confines during the six-game set.
Homestand Recap, April 13-19
Monday, April 13, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.
- Broadcast: CSN+, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
- National Anthem and first pitch: Book of Mormon star David Larsen (Elder Price)
- Seventh-inning stretch: Book of Mormon stars David Larsen and Cody Jamison Strand (Elder Cunningham)
Tuesday, April 14, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.
- First pitch: WNBA Chicago Sky guard Cappie Pondexter
- Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Wednesday, April 15, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.
- Pregame ceremony and seventh-inning stretch: Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars
- Broadcast: WPWR-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Friday, April 17, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.
- Promotion: Cubs Winter Aviator Hat presented by Pepsi (first 10,000 fans)
- Broadcast: WLS-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Saturday, April 18, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.
- Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Sunday, April 19, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.
- Seventh-inning stretch: Cast members from The Second City Mainstage
- Broadcast: WGN-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
- Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13 and under)
(Photo by Stephen Green)
The Cubs return to Wrigley Field to host the Reds and Padres for their second homestand of the season, which will stretch from April 13-19.
On Wednesday, April 15, the Cubs will join all of Major League Baseball when they host 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 major league ballpark will wear Jackie Robinson’s retired No. 42 on their jerseys that day. The bases used at Wrigley Field will feature a commemorative Jackie Robinson Day base jewel, and these game-used bases and No. 42 jerseys will be available through Cubs Authentics to benefit Cubs Charities.
A pregame ceremony will include a video highlighting Jackie Robinson’s career and legacy. The team will also present the ninth-annual Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award, which recognizes diverse business partners who continue the legacy of Jackie Robinson. Finally, several Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars will be recognized on the field, and these students will have the honor of leading the evening’s seventh-inning stretch.
This homestand, the Decade Diner—located in the right field concourse—will serve a Loaded Grilled Cheese with Smoked Brisket special, featuring two grilled cheese sandwiches, gourmet mac and cheese and smoked brisket. The Caprese Flatbread special features grilled flatbread, light tomato sauce, fresh ovalini mozzarella and fresh basil.
Tickets remain available for the upcoming homestand at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).
(Photo courtesy of Chicago Cubs)
As most people certainly know by now, historic Wrigley Field is undergoing a massive facelift as the 1060 Project restoration continues. And while the upgrades promise to make the ballpark experience even better down the line, fans should understand that—like with anything new—some of the kinks are still being worked out.
On Wednesday afternoon, Kristian Bush of the country group Sugarland faced some backlash after performing what sounded like a rather out-of-tune rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” The Cubs would like to clarify that the tough performance was of no fault of the singer’s, but rather a sound system issue.
While some fans guessed Bush may have celebrated his appearance a little too much before taking the mic, rest assured, he had only hot dogs and Diet Pepsi at the game. The tough performance was the result of different timing between the organ and the music being played over the loudspeakers on the new sound system.
The Cubs say they are working out the details for future singers so the stretch goes back to being a pleasant break in the action for everyone.
There’s nothing like Opening Day (or Night) to get you excited for the season. The North Siders are coming off a huge offseason, and this was many fans’ first opportunity to see new manager Joe Maddon, prized free-agent lefty Jon Lester, leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler and the rest of the team in person. Plus, the Cubs were the nationally televised, ESPN2 Opening Night affair—the only game on the major league slate—and debuted the new 3,990-square-foot video board in left field. To make things even better, the Cardinals were in town, and it was Lester toeing the slab versus St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright. The house was packed, and it felt like a playoff atmosphere. If you couldn’t be at Wrigley Field Sunday night, Vine Line was there to give you a look at all the Opening Night festivities.
The Chicago Cubs today announced net proceeds from all MLB-authenticated, game-used and autographed Cubs memorabilia sold through Cubs Authentics will be donated to Cubs Charities. These funds will help support Cubs Charities’ mission to harness the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago.
“Part of the Cubs’ mission is to support our community and be good neighbors. Cubs Charities is very excited to partner with Cubs Authentics to help improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond,” said Connie Falcone, vice president of development for Cubs Charities. “We hope our fans are just as excited to build their collection of authenticated Cubs memorabilia while supporting great causes through Cubs Charities.”
Cubs Authentics, which launched at the beginning of the 2012 season, is the premier outlet for MLB-authenticated Cubs memorabilia, including game-used jerseys and baseballs, autographed items and one-of-a-kind Wrigley Field Collection items.
Fans and collectors interested in supporting Cubs Charities through the purchase of Cubs Authentics memorabilia can find autographed baseballs, bats and jerseys from new and returning players at www.cubs.com/authentics. You can also pre-purchase game-used bases from Opening Night featuring a commemorative base jewel honoring Ernie Banks; bases from the team’s April home series vs. the Cardinals, Padres and Pirates with specialty matchup base jewels; plus a Jackie Robinson Day base jewel from April 15 vs. the Reds.
Shortly after the Cubs opening series vs. the Cardinals, fans will be able to bid online on a variety of rare merchandise collected by Cubs Authentics, including game-used baseballs, bases, bats, jerseys, nameplates and lineup cards. Cubs Authentics will host an online auction with items collected during Spring Training as well, featuring Spring Training locker room nameplates and game-used hats—including green St. Patrick’s Day hats.