In case you've been wondering about single-game ticket sales, the Cubs made several announcements this morning. (All times below are CST)
First, single game tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 25. They're going to distribute wristbands again -- though in my opinion, based on last year's first day sales, they might not even need them. There are other subtle changes in the first-day procedure. Wristbands are being handed out on Monday, Feb. 21 and Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Wrigley Field. The winning wristband number is going to be announced two days before the on-sale date, at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 on WGN radio and at the Cubs website.
On the first day of sale, the box office will open at 8 a.m. and phone and internet sales start two hours later at 10 a.m. Unlike recent years, the only games you are limited to six per game are the marquee dates (and at the prices they're charging for those, six will cost you a small fortune). If you buy at the box office, you are limited to 42 total tickets on the first day -- but there are apparently no other ticket limits. After the jump, information on some other sales that are occurring before Feb. 25.
The Cubs are also introducing another 13-game plan, starting today; details here. And, there is going to be a six-game plan, called the Six-Pack Plan:
... a choice of 10 different pre-selected six-game plans. Each Six Pack Plan is headlined by one of the schedule’s most popular games, including Opening Day and match-ups with the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. The Six Pack Plan starts at just $97 per plan (before 12 percent amusement tax and delivery fees), giving families a chance to enjoy baseball at Wrigley Field throughout the 2011 season.
Finally, the premium Mastercard presale will be on the Cubs website from Wednesday, Feb. 23 at noon through Thursday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. You can buy tickets to any game for 20% over face, or 15% over face if you are buying with a Mastercard.
Conclusion: the tickets the Cubs have put on sale so far probably aren't selling as well as they had hoped, which is why they've added these additional plans -- this is the first time I've seen a "plan" with as few as six games in it.