10/15 Ticket pricing for home games

Invoices went out to Cubs season ticket holders on Friday, outlining the pricing system, which includes a new tier called the “Marquee” level. The 13 Marquee games include Opening Day, April 1, against the Pirates; June 17-19 vs. the Yankees; July 1-3 vs. the White Sox; July 16 vs. the Marlins; July 23 vs. the Astros; Aug. 6 vs. the Reds, Aug. 19-21 vs. the Cardinals.

The other levels of ticket pricing are Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze, and there are some differences between the bleachers and the other seats — what the Cubs call the “bowl” seats — as to what tier they are.

Bleachers

* The 17 Platinum bleacher dates include May 7-8 vs. the Reds; May 12 vs. the Cardinals; May 28-29 vs. the Pirates; May 30 vs. the Astros; June 16 vs. the Brewers; June 30 vs. the Giants; July 15 and July 17 vs. the Marlins; July 18-20 vs. the Phillies; July 22 and July 24 vs. the Astros; and Aug. 5 and Aug. 7 vs. the Reds.

* The 19 Gold bleacher dates include April 2-3 vs. the Pirates; April 22-24 vs. the Dodgers; May 6 vs. the Reds; May 10-11 vs. the Cardinals (both night games); May 13-15 vs. the Giants; May 26 vs. the Mets; May 27 vs. the Pirates; June 1 vs. the Astros; June 28-29 vs. the Giants; July 14 vs. the Marlins; Aug. 25 vs. the Braves; Sept. 3 vs. the Pirates.

* The 17 Silver bleacher dates include April 20 vs. the Padres; April 27 vs. the Rockies; May 24-25 vs. the Mets; May 31 vs. the Astros; June 13-15 vs. the Brewers (all night games); Aug. 8-10 vs. the Nationals; Sept. 2 and Sept. 4 vs. the Pirates; Sept. 16-18 vs. the Astros; and Sept. 21 vs. the Brewers.

* The 15 Bronze bleacher games include April 4-6 vs. the Diamondbacks; April 18-19 vs. the Padres; April 25-26 vs. the Rockies; Aug. 22-24 vs. the Braves; Sept. 5-7 vs. the Reds; and Sept. 19-20 vs the Brewers.

For the other remaining seats at Wrigley Field, the Marquee dates are the same as they are for the bleachers. But there are some differences in other series. For example, the ticket pricing for the three-game series vs. the Reds May 6-8 is Gold in the bowl, but the Saturday-Sunday games of that series, May 7-8, in the bleachers are Platinum.

The Bowl

* The 13 Platinum games for the seats excluding the bleachers include May 28-29 vs. the Pirates, May 30 vs. the Astros; July 14-15 and July 17 vs. the Marlins; July 18-20 vs. the Phillies; July 22 and July 24 vs. the Astros; and Aug. 5 and Aug. 7 vs. the Reds.

* The 31 Gold games in the bowl include April 2-3 vs. the Pirates; May 6-8 vs. the Reds; May 10-12 vs. the Cardinals; May 13-15 vs. the Giants; May 24-25 vs. the Mets; May 27 vs. the Pirates; May 31 vs. the Astros; June 13-16 vs. the Brewers; June 28-30 vs. the Giants; Aug. 8-10 vs. the Nationals; Aug. 22-24 vs. the Braves; Sept. 2-4 vs. the Pirates.

* The 13 Silver non-bleacher games include April 22-24 vs. the Dodgers; May 26 vs. the Mets; June 1 vs. the Astros; Aug. 25 vs. the Braves; Sept. 6 vs. the Reds; Sept. 16-18 vs. the Astros; Sept. 19-21 vs. the Brewers.

* The 11 Bronze bowl games include April 4-6 vs. the Diamondbacks; April 18-20 vs. the Padres; April 25-27 vs. the Rockies; Sept. 5 and Sept. 7 vs. the Reds.

What does this mean? According to the Cubs, 24 of the pricing categories held flat and 19 pricing categories in the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum categories will be reduced next year. There will be a 77 percent increase in tickets listed at $20 or less, and an average 8 percent decrease on the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum categories combined. Overall, the average ticket price will remain the same for 2011.

In case you were curious, the highest priced seats listed is an infield club box seat on Marquee dates at $112; the lowest is an upper deck reserved seat in the outfield for the 11 Bronze games for $8 each.

– Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

Isn’t it so exciting to have all the “named tiers”?? Why, I just can’t wait to fork over more money for games that are viewed by the Ricketts/Cubs as “Marqee, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze” What a bargain!!! Hey, how about the games where the Ricketts/Cubs PAY us fans to come see? You know…the “Toilet Bowl”, “Crapper”, “Manure” & “Clown” tiered games??? I know I would pay a HUGE PREMIUM PRICE to attend the “We Finally Fired Hendry Day” where they erect a statue of Hendry with a door hitting him in the keester on the way out of Wrigley Field. Maybe hustlelikereed would attend as well, that’d make at least two fans on such an historic day.

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