Last year, the Chicago Cubs introduced a nine-game ticket pack, which allowed non-season ticket holders to grab a chunk of game tickets. Doing so ensured that those folks got at least two “premium” games, which they might not have otherwise been able to get as single game tickets (interleague match-ups, White Sox games, Cardinals games, certain weekend games, etc.).
The Cubs are doing that nine-game packs again this year, but they’re also adding a line of six-game packs, which selections each have a “theme” – for example, one of the six-game packs is called the “Bobblehead Pack,” because it includes four games that are Bobblehead giveaway days. You can see the full slate of six-game pack options here (though there appear to be some problems with the dates – several of the games shown are last year’s games; I assume this will be fixed shortly), and the full slate of nine-game pack options here.
I got myself a nine-game pack last year, which allowed me to take in a couple Cardinals games and the Friday Red Sox visit to Wrigley. From the look of things, they’ve made the nine-game packs much more convenient this year, allowing you to pick any two premium games, and then any seven of the other available listed games – makes it easier for out-of-towners to plan trips.
These packs go on sale January 23 at 10am CT, and there are no added service fees if you go with the pack option, so you can save some money this way (up to $40). The 12% city and county amusement tax – *cough* – still applies, however.
More details on each set of packs, from the official press release:
The Cubs 6-Game Pack
The Cubs 6-Game Pack provides a choice of six different pre-selected, six-game plans, with each option tailored to different fan interests. Options include the “Bobblehead Pack,” featuring four game dates that include bobblehead giveaways; the “Topps Baseball Card Pack,” featuring promotional dates with the opportunity to secure a complete 82-card set of specially-created Cubs Topps Baseball Cards; the “Early Weekend Pack,” featuring six Friday afternoon games with several promotional dates included; the “Prime Pack,” featuring Interleague Play and rivalry match-ups with several promotional dates included; and two “Sunday Family Pack” options, featuring Sunday game dates with several promotional dates and the opportunity for kids 13-and-under to run the bases post-game.
The Cubs 6-Game Pack is available in both the Budweiser Bleachers and the 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 $116 before City and County Amusement taxes for a “Topps Baseball Card Pack” in the Upper Deck Reserved Outfield section, with other prices varying based on plan and location. No service fees will be charged for the Cubs 6-Game Pack.
The Cubs 9-Game Pack
The Cubs 9-Game Pack provides fans with a guaranteed opportunity to attend some of the highest-profile games of the 2013 season. Fans can customize their nine-game pack when advancing through the order process on www.cubs.com/packs, including two selectable Marquee games and a choice of seven other games throughout the season. Overall, fans can select from more than 50 games when purchasing the Cubs 9-Game Pack.
The Cubs 9-Game Pack is available in both the Budweiser Bleachers and the reserved seating bowl of Wrigley Field. Fans must order the same number of tickets for each of the nine games in their package. Prices start at just $129 before City and County Amusement taxes for a Cubs 9-Game Pack in the Upper Deck Reserved Outfield section, with other prices varying based on game selection and location. No service fees will be charged for the Cubs 9-Game Pack.
“The Cubs 6-Game Pack and Cubs 9-Game Pack give our fans a chance to purchase their must-have dates for the 2013 season before single game tickets go on sale March 8,” said Colin Faulkner, vice president, ticket sales and service, Chicago Cubs. “These ticket packs feature a selection of our most popular opponents, dates and promotions, resulting in a ticket plan that can be tailored for every fan.”
Tickets must be purchased online through www.cubs.com/packs, however questions may be directed to the Chicago Cubs Ticket Office at 773-404-4242.