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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.

1000 Words: Winning in style

On Tuesday, the Cubs punched their ticket to the National League Championship Series with a 6-4 win over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLDS. Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber all blasted home runs, and the bullpen sealed the game late to give the Cubs a 3-1 series win.

Yesterday marks the first time in franchise history that the Cubs clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field. They now await the winner of the Dodgers-Mets NLDS series. The NLCS will get underway on Saturday.

Cubs and Wood Family Foundation celebrate the opening of Kerry Wood Cubs Field

Kerry-Wood-Cubs-FieldChicago high school and youth baseball players looking to sharpen their five tools or become the next “Kid K” in the majors now have a new baseball field on which to hone their talents.

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts, 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar and Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly attended the Kerry Wood Cubs Field grand opening and ceremonial ribbon cutting on Thursday.

The new ballpark located near Lane Tech High School on Addison Street, about a mile from Wrigley Field, is owned and operated by the Chicago Park District. The field includes seating for 1,250 spectators and fans and will be used for Chicago Public High School League baseball games, and as a potential host site for IHSA state baseball playoffs. The Park District also will make the field available for recreational leagues and use by the general public.

The Cubs, Cubs Charities, Wood Family Foundation, City of Chicago, State of Illinois, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and Turner Construction all contributed to make the ballpark project possible.

“Cubs Charities believes developing the next generation of All-Stars starts with a strong foundation in health, fitness and education,” said Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts. “Our support of Kerry Wood Cubs Field underscores our commitment to improving the quality of life in our great city and fostering a love of baseball.”

Kerry Wood has been actively involved in the community during and after an illustrious career that included two All-Star appearances, National League Rookie of the Year honors and a share of the record for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game, 20, on May 6, 1998, against the Houston Astros. Kerry and his wife Sarah formed the Wood Family Foundation in 2011. The foundation works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for its children’s programs and other children’s charities they support. Their support to build Kerry Wood Cubs Field is a visible sign of their family’s commitment to Chicago youth and families.

“It’s very exciting to see Kerry Wood Cubs Field open and ready for kids to start playing baseball,” Wood said. “I am humbled by the generosity of the Chicago Cubs, Cubs Charities, City of Chicago and Chicago Park District for making this dream a reality, not only for me and my family, but for all of the youth baseball players who will have the opportunity to play at the field.”

Beyond a field of dreams for young baseball players, Kerry Wood Cubs Field will be a strong community anchor to enhance the surrounding area, increase recreational activities and improve the quality of life for Chicago residents.

“Once again, the Chicago Park District is pleased to partner with the Chicago Cubs,” Kelly said. “The new Kerry Wood Cubs Field is a great investment in the community and will further strengthen our efforts to ensure that America’s favorite pastime continues to grow in Chicago’s parks.”

Alderman Ameya Pawar praised the public-private partnership as a driving force behind the successful completion of the project.

“I’m happy to see Kerry Wood Cubs Field open at Clark Park,” Pawar said. “I’m proud of the partnership between my office and the Chicago Cubs, Wood Family Foundation, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and the Clark Park Advisory Council—together we took this idea from a concept to reality.”

“It is fantastic that a ballpark of this magnitude will be available to high school students across the city who want to develop and showcase their talents,” said Morgan Park High School baseball coach Earnest Radcliffe. “Playing at Kerry Wood Cubs Field will give these student athletes a sense of pride, especially understanding this field was named after one of the best pitchers to ever play the game.”

Following the ribbon cutting, Kerry Wood threw a ceremonial first pitch, and the field was immediately opened for community residents to enjoy. The first high school regular season game will be played in March of 2016.

 

Cubs Lineup: 9/21/15

Cubs vs. Brewers — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.73)
Brewers Starter: Wily Peralta, RHP (5-9, 4.41)
TV: CSN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Starlin Castro, 2B
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Addison Russell, SS
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Chris Coghlan, RF

Cubs 13th Homestand Events and Promotions: 9/18/15-9/28/15

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The Cubs will be giving away a Kris Bryant bobblehead to the first 10,000 fans on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Chicago Cubs will host the final homestand of the 2015 regular season from Sept. 18-28 as the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates each visit for three-game series, followed by a make up of the May 30 postponement with the Kansas City Royals.

The 10-game homestand features a number of promotions, guests, food specials and community events. As the team’s home slate concludes Monday, Sept. 28, the Cubs will say thank you to fans for their support this season by handing out a limited number of autographed baseballs throughout the ballpark before the game. The Wrigley Field Grounds Crew will continue their annual tradition by singing the seventh-inning stretch from the field.

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

Promotions
The team’s final Budweiser Bleacher Friday event of the season will help turn singles into doubles as Cubs fans mingle in the Budweiser Bleachers Friday, Sept. 18, vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. Each guest will receive a three-quarter-length-sleeve top and the afternoon will include fun social media interaction and creative food pairings.

Kids Sundays continue Sept. 20 with the first 1,000 kids 13-and-under able to run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

The Cubs host Social Media Night on Monday, Sept. 21, with social media-themed content featured in the ballpark and during the game broadcast on Comcast SportsNet. Up to the first 300 guests with a game ticket can attend a pregame event from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone, formerly the Captain Morgan Club. Doors open at 4 p.m. Representatives from @Cubs, @SBCubs and @CSNChicago will host a panel discussion and take questions from attendees and followers using the #CubsSocial hashtag. Guests at the pregame event will receive a T-shirt featuring a fan-submitted design, plus the opportunity to win great prizes and experiences like throwing a first pitch before the game.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, fans of the Big Ten Conference can receive a Cubs Beanie Cap in their favorite team’s colors when they purchase a Big Ten Night Special Group ticket at cubs.com/specialevents. That night, Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older will also receive a Reusable Tote presented by Hornitos.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Kris Bryant Cubs Debut Bobblehead presented by TransUnion.

On Monday, Sept. 28, the team will distribute the remainder of the Chicago Whales Replica Throwback Jerseys presented by Benjamin Moore that were not given to early-arriving fans on the original May 30 game date.

Guests and Entertainment
On Saturday, Sept. 19, members of the Chicago-based ’60s band, The Buckinghams, will sing the National Anthem. Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will lead the seventh-inning stretch.

Former Cubs catcher Randy Hundley will lead the stretch Sunday, Sept. 20.

Actors George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky will lead the stretch Monday, Sept. 21.

Ronnie Platt, lead vocalist and keyboardist from the band Kansas, will lead the stretch Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Former Northwestern Wildcats running back Darnell Autry will throw a ceremonial first pitch Wednesday, Sept. 23, as part of Big Ten Night at Wrigley Field.

Windy City Live’s on-air talent Ryan Chiaverini, Val Warner and Ji Suk Yi will lead the stretch Friday, Sept. 25.

The following day, Sept. 26, UFC fighter CM Punk will lead the stretch.

The homestand concludes Monday, Sept. 28, with Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery throwing a ceremonial first pitch and the Wrigley Field Grounds Crew leading the seventh-inning stretch from the field.

Let’s Give Charitable Campaign
Following the game on Saturday, Sept. 19, Cubs pitcher Jason Motte will host the inaugural Chicago Cornhole Challenge featuring friendly competition, food and beverage, and the unique opportunity for fans to play games against Cubs and Cardinals players and coaches. The tournament is a continuation of a similar event the Jason Motte Foundation launched in St. Louis while Motte was a member of the Cardinals. Attendees will have the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia during a live and silent auction. Net proceeds from the Chicago Cornhole Challenge benefit the Jason Motte Foundation, which provides comfort and care where there is a need for those affected, both directly and indirectly, by cancers of all kinds.

This month, Cubs Charities, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, the Jason Motte Foundation, Jon Lester’s NVRQT campaign and Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation have teamed up to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and awareness. Fans can take part in the fight against cancer by fundraising in support of one of four teams at cubs.com/letsgogold. The top fundraiser from each team will throw a ceremonial first pitch during the Sept. 20 game for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day. In support of the day, Cubs players and coaches will wear gold-themed batting practice jerseys and hats as they gear up to take on the Cardinals. These jerseys, hats and autographed gold baseballs will be available for purchase through Cubs Authentics, with proceeds benefiting the participating player foundations.

On Monday, Sept. 21, Cubs Charities will launch the Cubs on the Move Fitness Program Challenge at the Hawthorne Academy Fitness Center, which was funded and developed by Cubs Charities. The Cubs on the Move Fitness Challenge was inspired by the success of the Cubs on the Move Fitness Program in motivating kids in Chicago to “Play Every Day!” The program aims to provide educators with resources to promote physical activity in the classroom while empowering kids ages 5-through-13 in the Chicago area to develop ideas to keep themselves, their schools and their communities active. More information will be available at cubsonthemovechallenge.com.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the Cubs will host a pregame reception and ceremony in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes a player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field. First baseman Anthony Rizzo will be recognized as the Cubs’ nominee.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, the Cubs, Cubs Charities, Wood Family Foundation, City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Schools will celebrate the grand opening of Kerry Wood Cubs Field at Clark Park near Lane Tech High School on Addison Street. The field, which was built by Turner Construction, includes seating for 1,250 spectators and will be used by Chicago Public Schools citywide throughout the high school baseball season during and after school hours. The field also will be open for use by recreational leagues and the general public.

On Friday, Sept. 25, the Wood Family Foundation will host its inaugural Storybook Gala at Moonlight Studios. The “Pure Imagination” event will have a Willy Wonka-inspired theme based off the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl. Proceeds from the event will support Pitch In, the foundation’s after-school mentoring program serving Chicago’s at-risk children. Tickets for the event and after-party are available at woodfamilyfoundation.org.

Finally, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative during his Friday postgame press conferences Sept. 18 and 25, beginning with the One Step Camp by Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. Children’s Oncology Services is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children diagnosed with cancer. Through their One Step Programs, pediatric cancer patients can enjoy camp experiences and other programs throughout the year.

Food Specials
The Decade Diner in the right-field concourse continues its rotating menu of homestand specials with a triple-decker Turkey Club Sandwich featuring sliced turkey, bacon, tomatoes, crisp lettuce and mayonnaise served on toasted bread. Guests can also order the Reuben Sandwich with warm pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and house-made Louie dressing on toasted marble rye bread.

Platform 14, the outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the center-field scoreboard, will continue serving three Hot Doug’s sausages. The “Champ Summers” is a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions; the “Pete LaCock” is a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese; and the “Dick Tidrow” is a Jamaican jerk pork sausage with cumin dijonnaise, smoked gouda cheese and fried plantain chips.

Homestand Recap, Sept. 18-28
Friday, Sept. 18 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.

  • Budweiser Bleacher Fridays: Singles and Doubles Day
  • Promotion: Three-quarter-length-sleeve top (Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, Sept. 19 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 12:05 p.m.

  • National Anthem: The Buckinghams
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood
  • Broadcast: FOX, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Jason Motte Foundation’s Chicago Cornhole Challenge

Sunday, Sept. 20 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.

  • Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs catcher Randy Hundley
  • Broadcast: TBS, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)

Monday, Sept. 21 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Social Media Night
  • Promotion: Pregame event at DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone (limited to first 300 guests) with social media-themed T-shirts and raffle prizes
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Actors George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, Sept. 22 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Seventh-inning stretch: Ronnie Platt, lead vocalist and keyboardist from Kansas
  • Broadcast: CSN+, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, Sept. 23 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Reusable Tote presented by Hornitos (Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
  • Special Group Night: Big Ten Night
  • Promotion: Cubs Beanie Cap in a Big Ten school’s colors
  • First pitch: Former Northwestern Wildcats running back Darnell Autry
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Friday, Sept. 25 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • Seventh-inning stretch: Windy City Live on-air talent Ryan Chiaverini, Val Warner and Ji Suk Yi
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Wood Family Foundation’s Storybook Gala

Saturday, Sept. 26 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 12:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Kris Bryant Cubs Debut Bobblehead presented by TransUnion (first 10,000 fan)
  • Seventh-inning stretch: UFC fighter CM Punk
  • Broadcast: FOX, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Sunday, Sept. 27 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:08 p.m.

  • Broadcast: ESPN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Monday, Sept. 28 vs. Kansas City Royals, 7:05 p.m. (makeup of May 30 postponement)

  • First pitch: Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Wrigley Field Grounds Crew
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
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