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Starting at 10 a.m. CT this morning, you can purchase nine-game ticket packs to Chicago Cubs games for the 2012 season. The Cubs are offering the packages a month and a half in advance of the first day that individual tickets go on sale, and it’s an opportunity to get some of the more exciting tickets before everyone else floods the system with 600 open windows on March 9.

You can get more information on the packages here, and from there you’ll also be able to make your purchase when they’re officially on sale.

More details on the packages, from the press release:

The Cubs 9-Game Pack provides fans with a guaranteed opportunity to attend some of the highest-profile series of the 2012 season. Fans can customize their nine-game pack when advancing through the order process on www.cubs.com, similar to the Cubs Pick 13 Plan offered last year. This year’s offering contains four less games per package but provides more games to select from when purchasing, including additional weekend games. Prices start at just $170 before taxes and fees for a Cubs 9-Game Pack in the Upper Deck Reserved Outfield section.

Other match-ups featured throughout the Cubs 9-Game Pack include series with the newly-named Miami Marlins, National League East Division Champion Philadelphia Phillies, National League West Division Champion Arizona Diamondbacks and Central Division rivals such as the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds.

“The Cubs 9-Game Pack is the first chance for fans without season tickets to catch many of the most exciting match-ups of the 2012 season,” said Wally Hayward, executive vice president, chief marketing officer, Chicago Cubs. “We’ve incorporated our fans’ feedback into this year’s Cubs 9-Game Pack by reducing the number of games per ticket package and offering more games to choose from throughout the summer months.”

The Cubs 9-Game Pack marks the beginning of the “Baseball is Better” advertising campaign developed by The Brooklyn Brothers, a new partner of the Chicago Cubs. The Brooklyn Brothers, a creative agency based in New York, developed the concept of the “Baseball is Better” campaign based on Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein’s introductory press conference remarks regarding the iconography of the Chicago Cubs franchise. The Cubs and Brooklyn Brothers plan to use the campaign to highlight aspects of baseball unique to Wrigley Field throughout the 2012 season.

The Cubs 9-Game Pack will be available in both the Budweiser Bleachers and in the reserved seating bowl of Wrigley Field. Fans must order the same number of tickets for each of the nine games in their package. Tickets must be purchased online through www.cubs.com, however questions may be directed to the Chicago Cubs Ticket Office at 773-404-4242.

  • Buzzamus

    I know these haven’t gone on sale yet, but does anyone have a guess as to what the price range for these is? I tried looking on cubs.com, but there wasn’t really much of anything.

  • Jeff L

    My guess is the tickets will be high. The Cubs have rather he third highest ticket prices in baseball. I hope that true Cub fans like myself will not buy tickets this year to show ownership that we are displeased with the lack of acquisitions and the leering of the payroll. A fan doesn’t have many powers at all, but the one a fan does have is to show ownership we are displeased by not showing up to games. I understand Wrigley Field to many is more than baseball it is a party. But I ask the true Cub fans that go to love baseball and root for a good product on the field to show ownership that we deserve more.

    • die hard

      finally, someone else is making sense here….Ricketts should issue apology and agree to cut tkt and concession prices by 50% until Cubs play at least .500 ball for 90 consecutive days…

    • Bleed Blue

      I’m with you 100% Jeff L, I refuse to contribute my money to ticket sales until we have a competitive product on the field. Don’t get me wrong I understand that we need to replenish the farm system and rid ourselves of bad contracts, however, we are in a major market so we should have money to acquire 1 or 2 players who haven’t reached their prime to build around and at least help us improve on our 71 wins from last year. As the team stands we are destined to lose 95-100 games this year, which if we’re lucky puts us at 75 wins in 2013 and maybe over .500 in 2014, needless to say I may not visit Wrigley again for a couple years.

    • Bails17

      Jeff L and Bleed Blue…I think you are looking at this all wrong.  #1 goal…win it all.  You win it all by putting your team in position to make the playoffs EVERY YEAR!  Do you really think by signing one or two bigger names puts us in that position for 2012 and 2013?  The answer is no.  Plus it gives us way more liability for 2014 and beyond.  To sign those type of players, you are looking at 5, 6, or even 7+ years.  So you want to use the OLD way of doing things and win 80 games instead of 70 games and sell the future off for 10-15 more wins next year?  Again…no thanks.  Personally, I am going to spend more money at Wrigley this year in support of the direction we are finally going in.  And I hope that others who actually get what Theo is doing will follow suit.  Go Cubs!!

      • Jeff L

        Bails17, Your not looking at the real picture here. You can go out and spend money and still replenish your farm system. Do you think going out and signing a big free agent would have any effect on trading for Rizzo??? The only way to win in this league is with Stars, Prospects, and most of all PITCHING. You can’t win with only one. Right now all we have is prospects and our farm system is not close to those of the Yankees or Red Sox who have great farm systems and great big league ball clubs. Now Bails I don’t fault you for not understanding this concept. Epstein should have gone out and got Darvish who is a 25 year old stud coming into his prime. I don’t want the Cubs to go out and get aging stars, I want them to go out and get young stars that are entering their prime. It’s not easy to acquire quality starting pitching and when you have the chance you have to go for it. Epstein never won a championship without having the 2nd highest payroll in baseball. WE SHOULD ALL TAKE A STAND AND NOT ATTEND BALLGAMES UNTIL OWNERSHIP PROVES TO BE COMMITTED TO PUTTING TOGETHER A WINNER. Time is precious and I’m tired of seeing more and more fans like Ron Santo come and go without seeing the Cubs when a championship.

        • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

          The Cubs farm system is actually ranked ahead of Boston’s. The Red Sox gutted their system in the Gonzalez trade. The two organizations are close, but the Cubs are in front.

          And I believe the Cubs did make an aggressive bid for Darvish. It was a closed bid, though, and we don’t know how big their bid was. I’m not sure I can blame a team for missing out on a player through the posting process. It’s entirely possible to make a bid that you would think is stupidly high, only to have someone else beat you by single dollar.

          • Jeff L

            Epstein’s bid for Dice K who was a huge part of their Championship team was very close to the Rangers bid. It was also reported that the Cubs bid was very small. I don’t think Ricketts has any intention of putting on a solid payroll to compete in this league. Your wrong about the Red Sox system of prospects. They didn’t gut their team for Gonzalez which was a great trade for them. The Red Sox still have better rated prospects like Jose Iglesias who is rated higher than anyone on the Cubs.

            • Matt

              I agree with Boston having a higher rated prospect, but ours is deeper. As goes for the bidding, that has nothing to do with him putting together a solid payroll. Do you know what his payroll is for this year already? 120 million. I think that is a pretty solid payroll… It’s a payroll that is bloated, and full of bad contracts. They are tearing it down to the floor and building it up. If I recall, he has stated he wants to typically stay in this range going forward. Not exactly a cheapskate. I don’t think we should have to spend 200 million each year to compete.

            • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

              At the start of the 2011 season, the Red Sox were ranked one spot ahead of the Cubs (#15 and #16 if memory serves).

              The Cubs 2011 draft was higher rated than the Red Sox.

              And then there are the Marshall and Rizzo trades. Those two trades bumped the Cubs up a few spots, again per Baseball America. The Red Sox have not added anyone of significance to their system.

              So, yes, the Cubs have a higher rated farm system than the Red Sox. And with three prospects in the Top 50 in all of baseball, it isn’t exactly thin on high-ceiling level talent (again, Baseball America). It has a long way to go before it is up there with the Royals at the top of the farm system rankings, but it is clearly above the Red Sox.

        • Bleed Blue

          Very well put Jeff.

      • Bleed Blue

        Bails17 glad you commented, this is the misconception that we have amongst Cub fans who are placing all of their faith in the “Theo” way vs those who are looking at our team from a realistic perspective. Realistically no one expects us to dump money into free agents that have reached their prime, sign them for 5-7 years and eat the last half of their contract as post prime performance. All realistic fans are asking for is what the beloved Theo promised, to revamp the farm system for sustained success while remaining competitive in the present. We were only a 71 win team last year, yes we’ve made so decent moves to bolster our rotation, but calculate how much production we’ve lost vs what we’ve replaced it with. Now if the “Theo” way is to tank this season and next so we can get the last place extra draft picks behind the new CBA, then let it be known and charge me lower market ticket prices since you aren’t putting any money on the field, maybe I’ll catch a game or 2. I have nothing against my fellow Cub fan who are so use to us doing bad that they are willing to pay extreme ticket prices to watch us be non-competitive for 2-3 years in hopes that magically in 3-4 years we are going to submerge from our last place rebuild and be in the playoffs for the next 10 years (haven’t the Pirates been trying to do the same thing forever). Realistically, I’d be shocked if it works that way because it hasn’t happened in baseball before. Remember, Theo was given excellent talent pool in Boston to keep the seats full, so for all of our sakes I sure hope he knows what he’s doing because it’s a lot easier to say that you support watching your team be non-competitive for the sake of the future than it is to sit through it for a season or 2 (aka the lovable losers).

    • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

      For those hopping on the “don’t spend money at Wrigley” protest movement, I have an alternative for you.

      Instead of going to Cub games in Chicago, hit up some games in the Cubs farm system. Peoria should have plenty of high end talent on display, and it isn’t that far from Chicago. The Iowa Cubs aren’t that far away either. And if you happen to live in the south, you can pick from the always-competitive Tennessee Smokies, or the defending champion Daytona Cubs. Western Cub fans have Boise and Arizona to choose from.

      You will still see pretty good baseball, you are still supporting the Cubs, and best of all you are endorsing the proven strategy of building a winner through the farm system. You’ll also get an early look at some of the players who will put the Cubs back in routine contention. Everybody wins, especially you.

      • Jeff L

        Luke, name one team that has won solely through their farm system. I bet you can’t because that strategy is flawed. The farm system is there to “compliment” your big league talent. That’s the way to win Championships. I won’t support this system because I find it as a loop hole for Ricketts to save a few million as he pays back his loans. Epstein did bring in some big prospects in Boston, but it complimented a team with been free agent acquisitions and the 2nd highest payroll in baseball!!!

        • Dave

          Luke, I agree. There were and are free agents available who are young enough to help this team win by 2014.
          I like the idea of building up the farm and developing players but there is no reason we should have to wait for 4-5 years for them to develope before thinking about being competitve.

          • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

            Who is talking four of five years? Cubs should be fighting for the division title in 2013.

        • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

          With goal being one of getting into the playoffs, Tampa and San Francisco both come close. There were free agents on those teams, but unless I’m forgetting someone, none of them were significant. They were much closer to the David DeJesus type of player than the Albert Pujols type.

          That’s not the point, though. The statements made by both Ricketts and Epstein agree that they aren’t looking for a one year wonder, they are looking to establish a perennial contender. Since the invention of the farm system by the St Louis Cardinals, I can’t think of a multi-year run by any team that was not built on a strong farm system. And in every case, the farm system came first.

          The free agents will come… the Cubs have already made significant offers for both Pujols and Darvish, for example. There wasn’t much else in this year’s crop of free agents that made any sense. Next year’s is a completely different story. For any team looking to build a starting rotation in a hurry, next year’s crop of free agents is an amazing opportunity. As of now, it looks like the Cubs will go into next off season with a young team that plays good defense at nearly every spot on the diamond. In other words, they’ll go into the offseason with a team that is a few good pitchers away from being a serious contender. It’s almost like there is a plan of some kind…

        • Matt

          Where is he saving money!?!?! Look at his payroll… He is paying off the bad contracts of the past GM, under previous ownership. I know this isn’t popular belief, but money doesn’t grow on trees. They are doing projects at Wrigley to create revenue. Their TV deal isn’t as good as others, and some that have a payroll lower than ours. So, the argument that he isn’t spending money is noninformed at best.

        • Matt

          DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH REVENUE THEIR STADIUM CREATES IN ITSELF? Compare apples to apples next time. That is why they are doing the scoreboard project and things like that. That is why when they are able to get out of their current TV deal, they will make more money. Ticket sales are great, but that isn’t where team is mostly paid from. Just saying.

    • TWC

      “true Cubs fans”?

      Who the hell are you to say who is a “true” Cubs fan and who isn’t?  Get bent.

      “…to show ownership that we deserve more.”

      That sense of entitlement is revolting.  You, me, or any other fans don’t deserve anything.  Grow up.

      It’s really cute how certain you are that you know how to build team better than the Cubs’ ownership/upper management.  Hard to believe Ricketts didn’t ask for your “true Cubs fan” input, ain’t it?

  • Leo Deleon

    Soriano at first? He’s an error machine witch is why he’s in the outfield besides he would hop off the base making everyone safe.

  • Dave

    Luke, sorry I meant to respond to Jeff.
    If the plan is to build from within by building up the farm how could this team possibly be contending in 2013. A full rebuild takes years not one season. As far as next seasons free agent pitchers there is a very good chance that guys like Cain and Hamels sign extensions with their current teams and never make it to free agency.

    • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

      Right now, the 2013 Cubs look like this.
      1B – Rizzo
      2B – Barney (problem)
      SS – Castro
      3B – Stewart (Vitters on deck, Lake in the hole)
      RF – DeJesus
      CF – Jackson
      LF – Soriano (problem… but that changes if the Cubs can land Cespedes).
      C – Soto / Castillo / Clevenger

      SP – Garza
      SP – Maholm
      SP – McNutt
      SP 4 and 5 – a couple of guys probably not worth naming

      CL – Marmol (Samardzija on deck)
      LHRP – Russell
      RHRP – Samardizja
      RP – The Cubs are seriously loaded in the pen.

      Add one ace start to that staff (and I think at least a couple will reach the market), and one more very good starter, and that’s a team that can win the Central. The biggest problems are in left (unless the Cubs get Cespedes) and at second. Third is a question mark, but the Cubs have some depth there. Defensively, that’s a pretty good team. Add the right pitching staff, and that’s a team that can do something.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        No faith that Wood or Volstad break out? I think it’s a cinch that we’ll see at least one of those two in the 2013 rotation.

      • Bleed Blue

        Are you serious Luke??? Lightening in a bottle would have to strike several times for this line-up to contend in 2013. You can’t possibly think that all of these players who are unproven hitters at the major league level our going to all perform well in a year. DeJesus, Stewart, Soto, and Barney have ML experience but at low or inconsistent production levels w/o speed as a caviate. I do agree with your add of Cepedes (maybe Soler) and an Ace on the staff, but even with that we’d be lucky to finish .500 in 2013 with this line up.

  • Leo Deleon

    The system won’t win u a championship but its a good foundation. What I mean is u take ur A+ players keep them and use ur A- N B+ as trade bait to improve. A couple good signings n bam ur there. This will take time to do no way this team is championship caliber in 1 or 2 yrs. Theo himself has said this will take time.

  • Spencer

    So, uh, since this post was about tickets and ticket prices, that’s what I’m going to talk about. I just looked at the offer, and even if you select the lowest “value” games (bronze, then silver, then gold, etc) and sit in the upper deck reserved outfield (which is the cheapest area) and buy three tickets per game the price is between $400-500.

  • ferrets_bueller

    Jeff L, your string of posts is mind-boggling.
    “Luke, name one team that has won solely through their farm system. I bet you can’t because that strategy is flawed.”
    …name one team who has won consistently by purchasing players without having built some sort of a farm system first. That strategy is even more seriously flawed. A team build entirely through FA will have possibly one good year, maybe two, but nothing more. It will end up exactly like this Cubs team, or like the first Marlins WS team.

    You have to build the foundation first- the farm system. It can then be used to both build the core, as well as to acquire players prior to their hitting FA, in order to get them before they have passed their prime, and to avoid overpaying. IE, A-gonz.

    “Epstein did bring in some big prospects in Boston, but it complimented a team with been free agent acquisitions and the 2nd highest payroll in baseball!!”

    …no. The free agent additions complemented the prospects on the second team, and on the first team, the moves than won the championship were trades that sold off veterans (Nomar) and small FA signings that the market undervalued (Papi, bellhorn, mueller, reese…). In no way did a spending spree win that championship in any way, shape, or form.

    “Epstein’s bid for Dice K who was a huge part of their Championship team was very close to the Rangers bid. It was also reported that the Cubs bid was very small. I don’t think Ricketts has any intention of putting on a solid payroll to compete in this league. ”

    This is just….stupid. The payroll hasn’t been reduced, at all. He’s still paying as much as the Tribune was. There is no point in raising the payroll A. before you can B. Before you have a foundation to build upon and C. before you’ve overcome the disadvantage of having so many horrible contracts. It would be throwing money away.

    “The Cubs have rather he third highest ticket prices in baseball. I hope that true Cub fans like myself will not buy tickets this year to show ownership that we are displeased with the lack of acquisitions and the leering of the payroll. A fan doesn’t have many powers at all, but the one a fan does have is to show ownership we are displeased by not showing up to games. I understand Wrigley Field to many is more than baseball it is a party. But I ask the true Cub fans that go to love baseball and root for a good product on the field to show ownership that we deserve more.”

    You have a fundamental misunderstanding of…..everything. Would you rather have an even more overpaid 2011 team, or a chance at actually winning in 2012 or 2013? Your shortsightedness is absurd.

  • Buzzamus

    So…ignoring all the arguments and setting aside that it may make me “not a true Cubs fan” (sorry, I like going to games, so I will go), but I am still interested. I just did a rough quote of the 9 game package and it was $195 for the cheapest. I am at work, so didn’t really test it too much and was wondering if anybody knows, or tried it and got their package cheaper than that?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Press release says the cheapest is $170 plus taxes and fees. I’m guessing that adds up to the $195 that you got.

  • Cubsin

    Anybody who calls on others to boycott the Cubs this year is in no way a true Cubs fan. If you’re a fair weather fan who only cares about them when they’re winning, and don’t feel like paying to watch them this year, that’s your business. You have no business telling me and others on this board not to support the team this year.

    Besides, a significant loss of expected revenue this year would adversely affect the budget for 2013 and delay the building of a championship team.

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