The earliest signal on whether fans were eager to go to Cubs games on the rooftops at Wrigley Field felt like a pretty strong “yes,” and it’s gotten even stronger since then.
So far, just one rooftop is selling tickets for the reduced capacity games, per the City’s current orders, and as soon as it started selling, a couple prime games sold out. Now, just a couple days later, not only have more games sold out, but the price tag at the Wrigley View Rooftops has climbed to a whopping $350 to $400 per ticket per game.
That doesn’t mean every game from here will sell out at that price point, but with attendance at Wrigley Field looking increasingly tenuous, it’s possible the rooftops – with their included food and drink – might be the only attendance in the city for a while. So when the Ricketts Family opens up sales for their 11 rooftops, you can get they’ll look to get a premium price tag.
FOR FUN, I’ll do the same calculation I did before, just so we can see the absolute maximum possible bit of revenue the Ricketts could bring in this year, in terms of defraying lost ticket sales.
At 11 rooftops times 30 home dates times about 50 seats per game times $400 per ticket, and you’d land at $6.6 million in revenue. It’s almost certainly not actually going to be that high, and obviously there are ample expenses associated with operating those facilities. But if you were curious about the ceiling on revenue from the rooftops, as I was, there you go.