Cubs season-ticket holders have made their postseason deposits. After those, and whatever MLB and their partners require, there likely won't be many tickets available for the general public to purchase.
Thursday morning, the Cubs announced the following procedure for fans to follow to register for an opportunity to buy playoff tickets.
Beginning now until September 23 at noon Central time, you can register for a random drawing to win a chance to purchase single game postseason tickets for a potential Wild Card Game and National League Division Series. Registration will remain open throughout the postseason at cubs.com/postseason, with cut-off times for drawings to additional potential series to be announced as the postseason unfolds.
If you register for the online ticket opportunity, you will be notified via email if you have been selected for a chance to purchase before single game tickets go on sale. Those who are randomly selected from all eligible registrants will have a one-time chance to purchase a maximum of four tickets to a potential Wild Card Game or Division Series Game at Wrigley Field, pending availability. Tickets will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. It's important to note that being selected in a drawing does not guarantee the opportunity to purchase tickets to a postseason game.
"We are excited to provide as many Cubs fans as possible with an opportunity to experience postseason baseball at Wrigley Field," said Cubs Vice President of Sales and Partnerships Colin Faulkner. "We encourage anyone looking for a chance to purchase limited single game postseason tickets to register for the online lottery and act quickly if their name is selected."
To provide a purchase opportunity to as many fans as possible, all registered fans who are not selected for early postseason contests will remain eligible for selection if the Cubs advance to subsequent rounds. You can only purchase tickets once during the postseason.
The Cubs say they will announce the on-sale date for tickets and specific pricing at a later date (given the September 23 deadline for registering, the on-sale date will obviously be after that). In this article from last month I posted the postseason ticket prices sent to season-ticket holders, which will at least give you a general idea of how much these cost. (Single-game prices are likely going to be higher.)
The Cubs also sent this information regarding the ticket opportunity:
Registration is open to legal residents of the 50 United States who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited; additional exclusions apply. Full terms and conditions are available at cubs.com/postseason.
Just so you know -- and since the Cubs haven't had postseason tickets for sale in seven years, this might be new to many of you -- this process is how most teams have handled single-game postseason opportunities in recent years. There are other teams who have posted similar methods, just in case you're interested in registering for tickets for possible Cubs playoff opponents.