Last year, the Cubs drew 222,415 fans to Sloan Park for 15 spring dates, an average of 14,828 per date -- which is only a few hundred per date short of selling out every game. Those figures, both the total and average per game, are records for spring training -- not just for the Cubs, but for any team.
Given the Cubs' great 2015 season and hope for another terrific year in 2016, I'd expect all the spring games to sell out or come close.
Thus if you're looking to go to any spring games, you'd be well advised to buy your tickets early, and they go on sale today, Saturday, January 9 at 11 a.m. CT (10 a.m. Arizona time). The box office at Sloan Park opens today if you're in the Phoenix area. The box office will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. AZ time, and on Sundays during home games.
Otherwise you can buy via the usual methods: online at www.cubs.com, over the phone at 1-800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or in person at the Sloan Park ticket office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. The Cubs say there is a limit of 10 tickets per game for a maximum of five games per order.
I thought I'd open up this post today for people who are buying spring-training tickets. While I don't think there will be any "tales from the virtual waiting room" today, I do think that demand on this first day of sales will be very hign. Post your stories about spring ticket sales here.