ST. LOUIS — The Cubs announced details of various events surrounding the first homestand of 2017, and among those was a note that the World Series trophy is going to be on display in a “Trophy Room” beginning April 13.
There will be, the Cubs say, a “Trophy Room” page on the Park at Wrigley website with further details, though no such page existed at the time I wrote this article. There will be opportunities to have photos taken with the trophy, “subject to availability.” (Basically, keep checking back at that website link for more info.)
As you already know, there will be a flag-raising ceremony on April 10, for a World Series championship flag and some other banners, on these four flagpoles recently installed in the bleachers:
The Cubs will wear their special gold jerseys for Opening Night, and also on April 12 when the team will be presented World Series rings by 20 fans who won the Cubs ringbearer contest held earlier this year.
On Opening Night, Julianna Zobrist, wife of Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist, will sing God Bless America. That will be followed by the national anthem from Wayne Messmer, singing at his 33rd consecutive opener. The banner raising will be after that. Members of the Ricketts family will throw out first pitches and Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams and Ryne Sandberg will lead the seventh-inning stretch.
Pregame festivities on Opening Night will begin at approximately 6:15 CT.
On April 12, fan favorite David Ross will throw out a first pitch, then get his World Series ring, then lead the stretch. Up to the first 30,000 fans will receive a replica World Series championship banner that night.
The Cubs want to remind you that there are no more print-at-home tickets and so if you have chosen “instant mobile” as your ticketing option, you’ll have to have the MLB.com Ballpark app to get your tickets scanned. You can also use Stubhub’s app if you buy tickets that way.
Hard tickets are available at Will Call if you’ve chosen that option when you buy tickets. The new western gate (“Gate H”) will be open for Opening Night along with the plaza.
More details about Cubs mobile ticketing, including a video tutorial and detailed FAQ section, can be found at cubs.com/ballparkapp.
Lastly, the Cubs have quite a number of improved food and drink offerings for this season. I’ll have a more detailed post on those selections later this week.