As I have season tickets to Cubs spring-training games at
Toilet Valve Sloan Park, I didn't need to line up in Mesa this morning for single-game tickets. As of this writing, just after 1 p.m. Saturday Arizona time, tickets remain available for all 15 Cubs home spring-training games, which you can buy at this link.
But I do have tickets in hand, and I wanted you to have a look at them. (Click here for a larger version of the image above.) I spent my morning at Talking Stick and Peoria Stadium buying tickets for the four Cubs away games at those parks (two at each park). When I arrived at Talking Stick, about an hour before sale time, there were about 15 people in line. When I left after purchasing tickets, there were about 100 people in line. The good folks at Talking Stick were nice enough to provide coffee and donuts for the people waiting. While I was in line I was interviewed by Phoenix's Channel 12 news crew, so perhaps you'll see me on one of their newscasts later today if you're in the Phoenix area.
Most people in line at Talking Stick were Diamondbacks fans, but there were a couple of other Cubs fans also buying tickets this morning.
At Peoria, there was no line at all, and the stadium is still a construction zone as they do renovations to the 20-year-old spring home of the Mariners and Padres. They seem pretty close to being done and they've got nearly two months left in much better weather than Chicago to finish.
Anyway, thought you'd like a first look at some Cubs spring-training tickets. As I told the Channel 12 crew, spring training is great because the price is right ($8 or $9 for a lawn ticket -- you can't even see most movies for that price anymore), the weather's almost always perfect and it doesn't really matter who wins.