RF bleachers open for #Cubs homestand

The Cubs return to Wrigley Field Thursday to open a six-game homestand vs. the Reds and Indians. Best of all, the right field section of the bleachers will be open on Thursday. Work will continue through early July to finalize additional amenities and concessions in the bleachers, including Platform 14, which is a new outdoor concession area located behind the center field scoreboard.

On Friday, each fan 21 and older in the bleachers will receive a Country Cap, presented by Budweiser. Country Day Friday includes country music, decor and entertainment. One set of fans will be awarded an entry into the Jason Motte Foundation’s Chicago Cornhole Challenge, to be held Sept. 19.

Manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” campaign on Friday, wearing a Cubs Care Girls Fast Pitch RBI Softball t-shirt.

Fans can help the community and meet Cubs players, wives and alumni during several events this homestand. On Saturday at 10 a.m. CT, Jake Arrieta will present “Catch in the Confines,” and host a meet and greet with participants. Families, friends and fans will be able to spend 50 minutes playing catch in the Wrigley outfield, visit the batting cage, and chat in the dugout. Proceeds benefit the Cubs Scholars program, which offers scholarships and mentoring to deserving students in need. Tickets make for a great Father’s Day gift and are available at http://www.cubs.com/catch.

On Saturday, from 5 p.m. CT through the second inning, Cubs wives and girlfriends will sell autographed mystery baseballs on the concourse near Gate F. Proceeds will benefit Cubs Charities.

Following the homestand on June 18, the Wood Family Foundation will join Cubs Charities to host the “Kerry and Friends Battle of the Bats Home Run Derby.” Kerry Wood and other Cubs alumni will coach players to swing for the fences while competing for the ultimate title of Home Run Derby Champion. Fundraising will benefit underserved youth in Chicago through Cubs Charities and the Wood Family Foundation. Roster spots are nearly sold out, so register now at http://www.cubs.com/derby.

Ticket availability is limited for games vs. the Reds on Friday and Saturday.

* The first 10,000 fans at Saturday’s game will receive a Joe Maddon Cubs Debut Bobblehead, presented by Pepsi.

* On Sunday, the first 5,000 children 13 and younger will receive a Joe Maddon OYO Dugout Set.

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