The Cubs have offered season tickets this winter to many on the waiting list.
Monday, they announced two single-game sales -- a presale where you can buy ahead of the main on-sale if you are willing to pay a premium, and the main single-game sale, which will happen Friday, March 9, as the Cubs begin to try to fill up the seats that you see empty in the photo above.
As usual, the team will be handing out wristbands for the first day of sales. Wristbands weren't needed for more than the first couple of hours last year as sales were pretty slow on the first day. Opening Day didn't sell out completely until a couple of days before the game.
This year, Opening Day will feature the Washington Nationals and (presumably) Stephen Strasburg making his first-ever appearance at Wrigley Field. So that's a draw. Presumably.
After the jump, full ticket sale information.
The Cubs are again offering a premium price presale, sponsored by MasterCard. Starting Wednesday, March 7, at noon CST, you can buy single game tickets for a 20 percent premium over face value. Or, if you buy with a MasterCard, you pay a 15 percent premium. This sale will be only at cubs.com.
The regular single-game on-sale is happening Friday, March 9. The Cubs will hand out wristbands at Wrigley Field on Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is quite different from past years when they passed out wristbands on weekdays. This should make it easier for a lot of people who can't get away from work, to get a wristband.
The winning number will be drawn two days before the on-sale, on Wednesday, March 7 at 8 a.m. on WGN Radio. This is also a change -- in the past, it's been on the day of the sale. This will avoid people having to get up at the crack of dawn on Friday and rush down to Wrigley if they have a good wristband number. I'll post the winning number here at BCB.
If you have one, you can get tickets at Wrigley starting at 8 a.m. Friday, March 9. If you're not lucky enough to get a wristband, sales online will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, March 9, at cubs.com and at the following phone numbers: 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). The phone number for out-of-state callers is 866-652-2827. The dreaded virtual waiting room opens at 9:30 a.m. CST on Friday, March 9.
If you want a wristband you have to show two forms of identification when picking up your wristband, one of which needs to be a valid government-issued photo ID, and wear your wristband unaltered and intact until you buy tickets. The same form of identification used to obtain a wristband must be presented at the time you actually buy tickets. Wristbands will only be used Friday, March 9; there is a limit of six tickets per game for Marquee games.
Finally, here's something that might entice you to get a wristband if you weren't otherwise thinking of doing it:
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's all kinds of additional information on all of this on this page at cubs.com.