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Here’s how you can get Cubs tickets if you’re not a season-ticket holder

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The Cubs are holding a drawing.

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The Cubs will have about 8,200 tickets available for the first homestand at Wrigley Field against the Pirates and Brewers, April 1-7.

Most of those tickets will go to season-ticket holders, but the Cubs have also created what they are calling the Return to Wrigley Presale Access Program, a random-drawing system that will give fans a chance to win the opportunity to buy tickets for these games.

Here are the details.

Sign up by submitting an online registration form at www.cubs.com/tickets. Only one entry is permitted per email address and there is no cost to register. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on a rolling basis of the opportunity to purchase a limited number of tickets to limited-capacity regular season home games played at Wrigley Field. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in pods of one, two, three and four.

For the first six-game homestand April 1-7, registration is open now and ends Friday, March 19, at 11:59 p.m. CT. The first drawing will be held Saturday, March 20. If you register and don’t get a chance to buy tickets for the first homestand, you’ll remain opted into future drawings as the program continues past the first homestand. Any remaining tickets for the first homestand will go on sale to the general public Wednesday, March 24.

So it does seem as if the Cubs are holding back some tickets for non-season ticket holders. How many?

Meghan Montemurro of the Tribune spoke to Colin Faulkner, Cubs executive VP of sales and marketing, about the ticket sale:

[Faulkner] said the “majority” of available tickets will go to season ticket holders. Faulkner estimated the Cubs have more than 20,000 season tickets. The number of ticket holders is well over 8,000.

“Over half of our fans have left their full money on account with us for over a year,” Faulkner told the Tribune. “So our season ticket holders will be who we prioritize in our access to tickets, so we’ll go to season ticket holders first. But it’s also important for us to have general fans to be able to access, too, so we will still hold back tickets for the general public through this presale drawing that we’re doing.

“Even with the tickets that we have, we won’t be able to take care of all the fans who have left money with us, so it’s a big number.”

So there’s a definitive statement from a Cubs executive that there will definitely be tickets designated to be sold to non-season ticket holders. FWIW, I was one of those people who left season-ticket money “on account” with the Cubs. As I wrote here in April 2020, the team gave a five percent “bonus” to fans who did that. The team says the bonus money can be applied to ticket purchases through the 2022 season, including potential postseason tickets in 2021.

As the season goes by and more people get COVID-19 vaccinations, the Cubs are hopeful that capacity can be increased at Wrigley Field.