The Chicago Cubs have revealed the details for their single-game ticket sale, which we already knew would go wide on March 9. But there will be a pre-sale again this year, if you’re willing to pay a 20% premium (15% if you use a MasterCard) on March 7.
Here are the details, from the press release:
The Cubs will once again offer the MasterCard Pre-Sale on Wednesday, March 7, at noon. Fans can purchase single game tickets in advance of the general on-sale date at a 20 percent premium, or a 15 percent premium for fans using a MasterCard. MasterCard Pre-Sale tickets may be purchased at www.cubs.com.
SINGLE GAME GENERAL ON-SALE:
Single game tickets will be available for purchase Friday, March 9, in the following methods. Please note the mandatory wristband process at the Wrigley Field Box Office:
At the Wrigley Field Box Office: Tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m., and a random wristband system will be used to determine who may purchase tickets at the Wrigley Field Box office before online sales begin. Up to 10,000 wristbands will be available at Wrigley Field on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The winning numbers will be chosen two days in advance of the on-sale date so fans can plan to be at Wrigley Field for Friday’s general on-sale event. Winning numbers will be announced on WGN Radio (720 AM) and www.cubs.com on Wednesday, March 7, at 8 a.m. Winners of the wristband drawing will be able to purchase single game tickets in person at Wrigley Field that Friday starting at 8 a.m., two hours before online and phone purchases begin.
The Cubs and WGN Radio will once again host a Single Game Ticket Wristband Sweepstakes. Prizes include autographed memorabilia and game tickets, including a set of tickets to Opening Day. Participants may enter the sweepstakes when picking up their wristbands at Wrigley Field March 3-4. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. WGN Radio will announce winners of the sweepstakes throughout the day March 7-9 and March 12. All winners will be contacted directly by WGN Radio.
There is a limit of one wristband per person. Fans will be required to show two forms of identification when picking up their wristband, one of which needs to be a valid government-issued photo ID. Wristbands must be unaltered, intact and worn until the buyer has made their ticket purchase. The same form of identification used to obtain a wristband must be presented at the time of purchase. Wristbands will only be used at Wrigley Field on Friday, March 9.
Via the Internet: Visitors to www.cubs.com can purchase tickets beginning at 10 a.m. A virtual waiting room will be used for all Internet orders. The virtual waiting room will begin accepting customers Friday, March 9, at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., customers will be selected from the virtual waiting room to begin purchasing tickets. All Internet customers will need a valid Cubs.com account. Customers are recommended to register for an account prior to March 9.
By Telephone: Tickets can be purchased by telephone beginning at 10 a.m. Illinois residents can call Tickets.com by dialing 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). The phone number for out-of-state callers is 866-652-2827.
There you go.
I purchased a 9-game pack earlier this year, so I’ll be heading to a number of games myself this season. I say this not because I’m so vain as to believe it will impact your purchasing decision, but it felt like a natural time to give a head’s up as to what games I plan to be at. (Although it’s worth pointing out that, for some of these games, I’m going to have an extra bleacher ticket, which I’ll be giving away to someone who wants to come to the game with me – it’ll probably be a contest kind of thing. Keep your eyes peeled.)
My currently-planned games (all in the Bleachers):
Thursday, April 12 against the Brewers (hoping to get together with folks the next day at a Wrigley area bar to watch the Cubs/Cards game on Friday the 13th)
Tuesday, April 24 against the Cardinals
Wednesday, April 25 against the Cardinals
Thursday, May 17 against the Phillies (hoping to get together with folks the next day at a Wrigley area bar to watch the Cubs/White Sox game on Friday the 18th)
Friday, June 15 against the Red Sox (definitely will have some kind of get-together)
Tuesday, June 26 against the Mets
Wednesday, June 27 against the Mets
Saturday, July 14 against the Diamonbacks
Wednesday, August 15 against the Astros