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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.

Cubs announce Fourth of July weekend plans

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs invite fans to watch America’s pastime, honor military heroes and celebrate the Fourth of July weekend at Wrigley Field. The team will lead a celebratory toast to the enhanced Budweiser Bleachers July 3 and host military tributes and postgame fireworks inside Wrigley Field July 4. Kids Sundays continue July 5 with a youth giveaway and kids run the bases postgame to complete the three-game series vs. the Marlins.

The Fourth of July fireworks show presented by Weber Sauces and Seasonings will headline a holiday celebration that also includes a Cubs Camo Cap presented by Magellan Corporation for the first 10,000 fans. The Magellan Military Heroes Day will feature an extended pregame ceremony featuring an oversized American flag displayed on the field by 100 members of the USO of Illinois, a military Take the Field experience, decorative bunting in the ballpark and patriotic uniforms for both teams.

Fans can enjoy postgame fireworks exactly 100 years to the date after the Chicago Whales held an evening of entertainment at then-Weeghman Park in 1915 that included music, dancing and a fireworks show. Fans may remain in their seats during a short intermission after the game, and fireworks will be launched from various points inside the ballpark. This year’s celebration, weather permitting, will mark the first ever postgame fireworks show hosted by the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The day prior, the team will open its homestand by celebrating the newly enhanced Budweiser Bleachers and opening Platform 14, a new outdoor concession area located behind the historic center-field scoreboard. Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older will receive a patriotic Cubs tank top (available in two sizes) as part of the afternoon’s Red, White and Brew Budweiser Friday event, which also includes patriotic music, lively summer hits and classic American fare. Guests 21-and-older also will receive a commemorative stein for an honorary toast to the Budweiser Bleachers, led by former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, to kick off the seventh-inning stretch. Broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will lead the television broadcast from the new Left Field Porch in the bleachers that afternoon.

On Sunday, July 5, Kids Sundays will continue with an Anthony Rizzo Life-Size Fabric Growth Chart presented by ATI Physical Therapy for the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-younger can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

“Between our postgame fireworks, exciting promotional giveaways and a toast to the famous Budweiser Bleachers, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago than watching America’s pastime at Wrigley Field,” said Cubs Vice President of Sales and Partnerships Colin Faulkner.

Tickets remain available for the holiday weekend at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

Now Playing: Behind the scenes inside the Wrigley Field scoreboard

Have you ever dreamed of climbing inside the iconic Wrigley Field manual scoreboard? While you may never get the chance to turn one of the steel plates yourself, we give you the next best thing. For the October issue of Vine Line, we took a guided tour of the landmark structure with the people who work inside it 81 times per season.

The accompanying article can be found in the October issue of Vine Line.

The Cubs and Jackie Robinson West are in town to celebrate the 2000s

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Greg Maddux during the 2006 season. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs have excited baseball fans with their recent youth movement, but no youngsters wowed America quite like the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars. The Chicago South Side Little League team captivated the country last week, claiming the U.S. Little League title. The team will be on hand Monday to throw out the first pitch and sing the seventh-inning stretch on Labor Day as the Cubs kick off a six-game homestand against division rivals Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.

All of those players on the JRW squad were born in the 2000s, the decade being celebrated on this homestand, as the Cubs continue to honor 100 years of Wrigley Field with decade-themed promotional giveaways, specialty food and beverage offerings, and entertainment. On Friday, Sept. 5, Hall of Famer Greg Maddux will be recognized with a 3000th Strikeout bobblehead for the first 10,000 fans. On Sunday, Sept. 7, the first 5,000 kids 13-and-under will receive a Clark the Cub Build-a-Bear Doll, and the first 1,000 kids can run the bases postgame.

The team will host two special events, which offer fans a chance to attend a game with others who share the same interests along with an exclusive promotional item and fan experience. Salute to Armed Forces Day is on Monday, Sept. 1, while the Cubs Oktoberfest Celebration is Wednesday, Sept. 3. A Special Event ticket is required to participate in each event.

Fans coming to the ballpark Monday through Wednesday also can take home a Hall of Famer’s autograph for a charitable cause. Fergie Jenkins will sign autographs from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Cubs Store across from Wrigley Field on Monday, Sept. 1, and inside Clark’s Clubhouse on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2-3, from 6 p.m. until the sixth inning to raise money for the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation. Vicki Santo and Logan Burke, the first recipient of an alert dog from the foundation, will throw ceremonial first pitches on Sept. 3.

Special Event tickets for Salute to Armed Forces Day and Oktoberfest can be purchased at cubs.com/specialevents. General tickets for the Brewers and Pirates series remain available at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the upcoming homestand include:

Throwback Uniforms:
On Sunday, Sept. 7, the Cubs will wear a modern uniform from 2008, when the team won the National League Central Division with an NL-best 97-64 record.

Promotional Giveaways:
The 2000s-themed homestand marks the final decade of this season’s Wrigley Field 100 Bobblehead Fridays and Retro Toy Sundays. On Friday, Sept. 5, Hall of Famer Greg Maddux will be recognized with a 3000th Strikeout bobblehead for the first 10,000 fans. On Sunday, Sept. 7, the first 5,000 kids 13-and-under will receive a Clark the Cubs Build-a-Bear Doll, and the first 1,000 kids can run the bases postgame as part of the team’s ongoing Kids Sundays. In addition to these promotions, Gatorade will offer free Gatorade Protein Bars to 5,000 fans following Tuesday’s game.

Special Events:
The Cubs are proud to salute the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. As part of the Salute to Armed Forces Day ticket package for Monday, Sept. 1, fans will receive a commemorative Cubs military coin and can help honor veterans and members of the military in a special pregame ceremony.

Fans can grab their lederhosen and head to Wrigley Field to celebrate Oktoberfest in the Budweiser Bleachers on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Each Special Event Budweiser Bleacher ticket can be redeemed postgame for a special-edition Chicago Cubs Oktoberfest Boot Shaped Glass Mug.

To receive Special Event giveaway items, fans must purchase tickets through the dedicated cubs.com/specialevents page.

Specialty Food Offerings:
Levy Restaurants continues its decade-inspired menu at the Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near Section 142. The 2000s homestand features a Kraft Grilled Flatbread with Spanish chorizo, peppers and shredded Kraft Cheese, as well as an Asian Pork Burger topped with Asian slaw and served on a toasted Hawaiian bun.

The Decade Dogs stand near Section 123 is serving the most popular dog from the season’s previous homestands, which was the 1950s TV Dinner Dog with a Vienna Beef hot dog, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn on a hot dog bun.

Adults 21-and-over can enjoy a 2000s Playoff Punch cocktail on the main concourse at Section 109 and on the bleacher patio in left field. This Cosmopolitan-inspired punch is made with Smirnoff Orange Vodka, Monin Tiki Blend, cranberry and lime juice.

Historic Moments:
The Chicago Cubs made three playoff appearances during the 2000s (2003, 2007-08) and recognized several of the team’s most important alumni, including Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux and Ron Santo.

On Sept. 27, 2003, the Cubs swept the Pirates in a doubleheader to clinch the NL Central. The team retired the No. 10 jersey in honor of Ron Santo the next day. In his speech, Santo said, “This is my Hall of Fame.” He would later be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously.

On July 26, 2005, Greg Maddux struck out Omar Vizquel for his 3,000th career strikeout. The No. 31 jersey number he shared with Fergie Jenkins was retired May 3, 2009, in their honor.

During Labor Day weekend in 2005, Jimmy Buffett turned the Friendly Confines into Margaritaville, selling out two shows inside the ballpark.

On March 31, 2008, the Cubs unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame infielder Ernie Banks at the corner of Clark and Addison streets. The Cubs also returned to the postseason for the second-straight year, clinching the division title by defeating the rival Cardinals 5-4 on Sept. 20 in Chicago. Wrigley Field established an attendance record in 2008, as 3,300,200 fans attended 81 regular season home games.

On July 29, 2008, The “Road to Wrigley” Game featured the Cubs’ Class-A Peoria Chiefs, managed by Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, vs. the Kane County Cougars. The game drew 32,103 fans.

On New Year’s Day of 2009, for the first time in park history, professional hockey came to Wrigley Field, as the Chicago Blackhawks hosted the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL Winter Classic.

On Oct. 28, 2009, the Ricketts family completed its purchase of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field from the Tribune Company.

To learn more about these historic moments and others, visit wrigleyfield100.com.

Wrigley and the Cubs set to celebrate the 1990s

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Mark Grace led the 1990s in both hits and doubles. (Getty Images)

The 1990s at Wrigley Field featured some of the most memorable moments in franchise history. Mark Grace was a hit machine, Sammy Sosa bashed his way into MLB history, and the young Kerry Wood made his heralded rookie debut during the decade. The Cubs will celebrate the 1990s at Wrigley Field when they host a six-game homestand against the Giants and Orioles from August 19-24. The team’s throwback uniform, promotional giveaways, specialty concessions and entertainment will all mirror the sights and sounds of the 1990s as part of the season-long celebration of the ballpark’s 100th birthday.

The Cubs’ promotional schedule includes four giveaway items: a Cubs Floppy Hat, a Kerry Wood 20-Strikeout Bobblehead, a Wrigley Field Tote Bag and a ’90s Throwback Gracie the Swan Beanie Baby. The team will host two special events, offering fans a chance to attend a game with others who share the same interests along with an exclusive promotional item and fan experience. This homestand, the Cubs will host the team’s first ever Star Wars Night on Wednesday, Aug. 20, and their annual Social Media Night on Thursday, Aug. 21.

To help Wrigley Field continue its season-long centennial celebration, rock band O.A.R. will perform an Extra Innings Show as part of a free music event presented by Budweiser. The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Red and Purple Lots on the west side of Wrigley Field. O.A.R. will take the stage for a 90-minute postgame set immediately following the conclusion of the Cubs’ afternoon game against the Orioles. Other live entertainment will be available throughout the day. Vienna Beef hot dogs, snacks and Anheuser-Busch products, as well as O.A.R. merchandise, will be available for purchase during the event.

Special Event tickets for Star Wars Night and Social Media Night can be purchased at cubs.com/specialevents.

Throwback Uniforms:
On Sunday, Aug. 24, the Cubs will wear a popular throwback alternate uniform from 1994 with “Cubs” written in red script across the front of the jersey. The visiting Orioles will wear a throwback road uniform from 1994 as well.

Promotional Giveaways:
Fans coming to the ballpark will have the chance to collect promotional items throughout the homestand, beginning with a Cubs Floppy Hat, for the first 10,000 fans Tuesday, Aug. 19. On Friday, Aug. 22, the first 10,000 adults 21-and-over will receive a Kerry Wood 20-strikeout Bobblehead. On Saturday, Aug. 23, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Wrigley Field Tote Bag. On Sunday, Aug. 24, the first 5,000 children 13-and-under will receive a ’90s Throwback Gracie the Swan Beanie Baby.

Special Events:
The Cubs will host their first-ever Star Wars Night on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Fans can enjoy a night of baseball and intergalactic fun in the Budweiser Bleachers, Terrace Reserved Outfield or Upper Deck Box Outfield. Every ticket holder for this special event will receive an exclusive Jedi Rizzo bobblehead, with a portion of proceeds going to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.

On Thursday, Aug. 21, Social Media Night attendees will receive an exclusive #WrigleyField100 shirt and access to an interactive pregame filming of Comcast SportsNet’s Sports Talk Live at Wrigley Field’s Captain Morgan Club. One attendee will be selected to throw a first pitch before the night’s game (must be present for the drawing). Other exciting prizes, such as game-used and autographed memorabilia, merchandise and gift cards, will be available throughout the evening.

Additionally, during the night’s game, the team will rely exclusively on fan-generated images from selected Social Media Night attendees to populate the club’s social media channels, including photos and videos of the evening’s ceremonial first pitches, the seventh-inning stretch from the broadcast booth and other in-game content. Beginning Aug. 21 and continuing throughout the season, fans can submit images to a dedicated social@cubs.com email account or by using the #CubsSocial hashtag for publishing consideration on Cubs social media accounts. Fans submitting images via email can include their social media profiles in the note to receive a photo credit in the post.

Specialty Food Offerings:
Levy Restaurants continues its decade-inspired menu at the Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near Section 142. The 1990s homestand features Kraft beef tacos with rice and beans. The tacos are made with seasoned ground beef topped with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, shredded Kraft Cheese and sour cream. Fans can also try the Salmon Burger, which is a house made salmon burger on a toasted sesame bun served with avocado, candied red onion and herb aioli.

The Decade Dogs stand near Section 123 is serving the 1990s Bagel Dog—a Vienna Beef hot dog wrapped in a warm bagel with deli mustard.

Adults 21-and-over can enjoy a Home Run Hop. This Dominican-inspired cocktail is made with island flavors, including Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Meyers Silver Rum, pineapple juice and coconut water.

Historic Moments:
Wrigley Field witnessed several noteworthy events in the 1990s, including Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game, the unveiling of the Harry Caray statue and the addition of Jack Brickhouse’s “Hey, Hey” to the Wrigley Field foul poles.

On July 9, 1990, Ryne Sandberg won the Home Run Derby on a warm summer night at Wrigley Field. The next day, Wrigley Field hosted the All-Star Game for the third time as the American League defeated the National League, 2-0. That same year, after Greg Maddux had gone 13 starts without a win, manager Don Zimmer promised to swim across Lake Michigan if Maddux won his next game at Wrigley Field. Maddux delivered with a 4-2 victory over the Padres.

Though Zimmer showed up to the postgame news conference in a life jacket and sunglasses, he declined to make the 60-mile swim, claiming he “swims like a rock.”

On Opening Day in 1994, Karl “Tuffy” Rhodes hit home runs in three consecutive at-bats off the Mets’ Doc Gooden to become just the second player in major league history to hit three home runs on Opening Day.

On April 7, 1994, Michael Jordan made his Chicago baseball debut, playing for the White Sox and going 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Windy City Classic. The exhibition game ended in a 4-4 tie after 10 innings.

In 1997, Juniper bushes were added to the center field batter’s eye, replacing several rows of empty, deteriorating bleachers.

On May 6, 1998, in one of the most dominant pitching performances in big league history, 20-year-old Kerry Wood struck out 20 batters to tie a record and beat the Astros, 2-0, in his fifth start. Wood allowed just one hit—an infield single. That year, Wood earned the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

On June 5, 1998, the Cubs and White Sox played their first Interleague game at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won on a Brant Brown home run in extra innings and completed a sweep of the Sox two days later.

On June 30, 1998, Sammy Sosa hit his 20th home run of June against the Arizona Diamondbacks, earning Player of the Month honors and setting a major league record for home runs in a month.

In 1998, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire staged a memorable home run chase, culminating with Sosa earning the National League Most Valuable Player Award.

On Sept. 28, 1998, the Cubs went head to head with the San Francisco Giants in a Wild Card Tiebreaker Game. Steve Trachsel pitched a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and the Cubs beat the Giants 5-3 to claim the National League Wild Card spot on a Gary Gaetti home run.

On April 12, 1999, the Cubs unveiled a statue of Harry Caray at the corner of Sheffield and Addison and added Jack Brickhouse’s iconic “Hey, Hey” to the Wrigley Field foul poles.

Finally, On Sept. 25, 1999, the Cubs honored their All-Century team before a matchup against the Pirates. Twenty players and one manager were elected by fan balloting. That same year, Mark Grace went 2-for-4 in the final home game of 1999, finishing the decade as the major league leader in hits (1,754) and doubles (364).

To learn more about these historic moments and others, visit wrigleyfield100.com. General tickets for the Giants and Orioles series remain available at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

Cubs honor the 1980s with decade-inspired giveaways, events and food

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Ryne Sandberg was a staple for the Cubs in the 1980s. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The 1980s in Wrigleyville will be remembered for Ryne Sandberg’s elite play, the start of Greg Maddux’s Hall of Fame career, a pair of postseason appearances and, maybe most notably, the introduction of night games at Wrigley Field. During the upcoming seven-game homestand against Tampa Bay and Milwaukee, the Cubs will honor the ’80s with throwback uniforms, giveaways and promotional concessions as part of the season-long celebration of the ballpark’s 100th birthday.

The Cubs’ promotional schedule includes four giveaway items, including a light-up bobblehead commemorating Wrigley Field’s first night game, plus two special events that offer fans a chance to attend a game with others who share similar interests. The team will host Cubs Scout Night in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America Chicago Area Council, as well as ’80s Rock Night/Zubazpalooza 2 featuring Zubaz pants for guests and opportunities for prizes from iconic rock bands KISS and Def Leppard.

Throwback Uniforms:
On Sunday, Aug. 10, the Cubs will wear a throwback uniform from 1988, which was the year the team first played under the lights at Wrigley Field. The visiting Rays have developed a retro-inspired road uniform to participate in the throwback day as well.

Promotional Giveaways:
Fans coming to the ballpark will have the chance to collect unique promotional items throughout the homestand, beginning with an impressive First Night Game Bobblehead with working lights for the first 10,000 fans Friday, Aug. 8. On Saturday, Aug. 9, the first 10,000 fans will receive Cubs Retro Headphones. On Sunday, Aug. 10, the first 5,000 kids 13-and-under will receive an ’80s Throwback Cubs Rubik’s Cube. The first 10,000 fans in the park Thursday, Aug. 14, will receive a Cubs Fathead.

Special Events:
The Cubs have collaborated with the Boy Scouts of America Chicago Area Council to host Cubs Scout Night Tuesday, Aug. 12, for Scouts, family and friends. Attendees will receive a commemorative Cubs-themed Scout patch, and $3 per each ticket sold will be donated back to the Boy Scouts of America Chicago Area Council.

On Wednesday, Aug. 13, ’80s Rock Night/Zubazpalooza 2 attendees will receive a pair of Cubs Zubaz pants featuring Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday logo. Thanks to a collaboration with rock bands KISS and Def Leppard, up to 100 attendees can win a pair of tickets to one of two local shows—August 15 at Alpine Valley Music Theatre and August 16 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre—if they attend the game wearing KISS makeup or Def Leppard branded clothing (spiked apparel not permitted). Attendees may also win one of dozens of prizes including KISS and Def Leppard CDs, MLB-licensed T-shirts or concert tickets. Tickets for both concerts are still available for purchase.

Specialty Food Offerings:
Levy Restaurants continues its decade-inspired menu at the Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near Section 142. The 1980s homestand features a Sloppy Joe topped with Kraft Cheese served on a toasted bun. Fans can also try the Blackened Tilapia Po’ Boy, which includes blackened tilapia seasoned with Cajun spices and served on a toasted hoagie roll with shredded lettuce, tomatoes and Cajun aioli.

The Decade Dogs stand near Section 123 is serving the 1980s Nacho Dog; a Vienna Beef hot dog topped with tortilla strips, nacho cheese, salsa and pickled jalapenos.

Adults 21-and-over can enjoy an Electric Ryno Margarita. The cocktail features Don Julio Tequila, Blue Curacao, lime juice and agave nectar, served with a light-up straw.

Historic Moments:
Wrigley Field witnessed several noteworthy baseball events during the 1980s, including the Tribune Company’s purchase of the team and Wrigley Field, the installation of lights and the retirement of two Hall of Famers’ uniform numbers.

In 1981, the Tribune Company announced the purchase of the team from William Wrigley and 800 stockholders for $20.5 million. Three months after the sale, the Tribune went on to purchase Wrigley Field for a reported $600,000.

That same year, the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League beat the Cosmos, 6-5, before 30,501 fans, the largest crowd at Wrigley Field that year aside from the Cubs’ home opener. Later that year, Jack Brickhouse made his final Wrigley Field broadcast as the regular play-by-play announcer.

On April 9, 1982, Harry Caray led the Wrigley Field faithful in his rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for the first time. Four months later, fans packed Wrigley Field as uniform No. 14 was retired in honor of Mr. Cub, Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.

On June 23, 1984, in what is now known as the Sandberg Game, Ryne Sandberg hit two game-tying home runs off Bruce Sutter as the Cubs beat St. Louis, 12-11, at Wrigley Field. Later that year, Wrigley Field hosted its first postseason game in 39 years as the Cubs beat San Diego, 13-0, in the first game of the National League Championship Series.

On Aug. 13, 1987, uniform No. 26 was retired in honor of Cubs Hall of Famer Sweet Swinging Billy Williams.

On Aug. 8, 1988, night baseball came to Wrigley Field for the first time as the Cubs played the Philadelphia Phillies under the lights. Rick Sutcliffe made the start for Chicago, but the game was called in the fourth inning due to rain, resulting in the first official game being played one day later (a 6-4 win over the Mets). In September of that same year, Ronald Reagan visited Harry Caray for an inning in the booth at Wrigley Field.

To learn more about these historic moments and others, visit wrigleyfield100.com.

General tickets for the Rays and Brewers series remain available at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

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