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#Cubs: Wrigley will be ready Opening Night

A Cubs spokesman said Wednesday night there is no truth to a rumor that Major League Baseball has asked the Cubs to work on a Plan B with the White Sox to play games at U.S. Cellular Field because of delays in construction at Wrigley Field.

“Even a goat would tell you this reaches an absolute new low for Wrigley rumors,” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Wednesday. “‎All is proceeding well and we look forward to Opening Night at Wrigley Field.”

The Cubs will open the regular season on April 5 against the Cardinals. The Cubs began an extensive renovation project in October at Wrigley, and the bleachers will not be ready for the opener. Green said the rest of the ballpark will be fine.

– Carrie Muskat 

2/24 Single game tickets on sale March 6

Cubs single game tickets for the 2015 season go on sale March 6 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets will be available on http://www.Cubs.com or by calling 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

Fans can participate in the MasterCard Pre-sale prior to the general on-sale date. Starting March 3 at 10 a.m. CT, single game tickets will be available at Cubs.com for a 20 percent premium, or a 15 percent premium for fans using a MasterCard.

The single game on-sale will include a selection of tickets to Opening Night, April 5, against the Cardinals, plus weekend bobblehead promotional games, Family Sundays and Interleague matchups against the Indians, Tigers and Royals.

The 2015 promotional schedule features unique items, including a Cubs winter aviator hat, Wrigley Field football, Chicago Whales replica throwback jersey, and several Cubs player debut bobbleheads.

For the 2015 season, “Weekends Start Here” with new Budweiser Bleacher Friday games. On select Friday games in May, June, July, August and September, the Budweiser Bleachers may feature pre- or post-game entertainment, exclusive giveaway items, special food and beverages and more. For an up-to-date promotional schedule, visit http://www.cubs.com.

Fans interested in purchasing Cubs tickets in person can visit The Cubs Store, 3616 N. Clark Street, Chicago, beginning March 9 at 9 a.m. CT. Because of the ongoing construction at Wrigley Field, single game tickets will be sold at The Cubs Store during regular store hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT every day leading up to Opening Night with the exception of March 14.

Here are the details for single game purchasing options:

* The Cubs will offer the MasterCard Pre-sale starting March 3 at 10 a.m. CT through March 4 at 10 p.m. CT. Fans using a MasterCard can purchase single game tickets in advance of the general on-sale date at a 15 percent premium, while fans using other forms of payment may purchase tickets at a 20 percent premium. MasterCard Pre-sale tickets may be purchased at Cubs.com.

* Fans have three ways to purchase single game tickets.

Via the Internet: On March 6, fans can purchase tickets at Cubs.com. A virtual waiting room will begin accepting customers at 9:30 a.m. CT. At 10 a.m. CT, customers will be selected from the virtual waiting room to begin purchasing tickets. All Internet customers will need a valid Cubs.com account. Customers are recommended to register for an account prior to March 6.

By Telephone: Tickets can be purchased by telephone beginning March 6 at 10 a.m. CT by dialing 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

At The Cubs Store: Tickets will be available for purchase starting March 9 at 9 a.m. CT. The team will offer in-person single game tickets for purchase at The Cubs Store every day through April 5 during regular hours with the exception of March 14.

For updated ticket pricing, visit Cubs.com.

2/19 Cubs get go-ahead re: signage

The Cubs got the go-ahead from a federal judge Thursday to erect the video scoreboards at Wrigley Field. First baseman Anthony Rizzo says he can’t wait for the renovations at the 100-year-old ballpark to be completed.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall ruled Thursday in Chicago that the Cubs can continue with plans to install advertising signs at Wrigley Field that could block views from nearby rooftop businesses, and rejected the rooftops’ emergency request for a temporary restraining order. Rooftop owners had argued the video scoreboards will cause “irreparable” harm if installed.

Rizzo, one of the early bird position players in Cubs camp, said he’s eager to see the improvements that are part of the renovation plan.

“That’s exciting stuff,” Rizzo said Thursday. “This will be new stuff, the new generation, the new things to come, hopefully, will start now. The renovations with Wrigley will only help us players and make the fan experience a lot better. With the tradition of the ballpark still there and the new stuff they’re adding, I think it’s great.”

– Carrie Muskat

2/5 Legacy partner: American Airlines

The Cubs and American Airlines announced a long-term Legacy Partnership, making American Airlines the Official Airline of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field.

The airline will have a branding presence at Wrigley Field and Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz., including near the Cubs’ batting circle at Wrigley Field, rotational signage at Sloan Park during Spring Training games, and between-inning video board features in both ballparks. American will host additional fan activations with the team, including Cubs player and mascot appearances, giveaways and Cubs Road Trip sweepstakes.

Beginning with the 2017 season, the Cubs will add a new premium club space located behind home plate, tentatively titled the “American Airlines Club,” with access for premium box seat ticket holders.

American also becomes a Hall of Fame sponsor of Cubs Charities’ primary fundraising event, the Bricks and Ivy Ball, and will provide domestic round-trip air travel packages for the organization’s fundraising efforts.

In an agreement with a separate enterprise controlled by the Ricketts family, American will present the “American Airlines Executive Conference Center” as part of the office building to be developed in the new plaza adjacent to Wrigley Field.

The American Airlines Legacy Partnership was secured by W Partners, an agency launched in February of 2013. The Cubs entered into an agreement with W Partners to secure legacy partnerships as part of the 1060 Project.

American Airlines becomes the seventh Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs, joining Anheuser-Busch, ATI Physical Therapy, Sloan Valve Company, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Under Armour and Wintrust.

1/31 “We’re here to thank God for Ernie Banks”

Instead of mourning Ernie Banks on Saturday, his teammates, family and friends urged everyone to celebrate the life of Mr. Cub on what would’ve been his 84th birthday.

“We have come here to thank God for Ernie Banks,” Rev. Shannon Kershner said in her welcome statements.

The Fourth Presbyterian Church was nearly full for Banks’ memorial service on Saturday, and the crowd included former Cubs teammates Billy Williams, Randy Hundley, Fergie Jenkins, and George Altman, plus Hall of Famers such as Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Lou Brock and Andre Dawson. Also in the crowd were Kerry Wood, Anthony Rizzo, Sean Marshall, Jon Lieber, Minnie Minoso and Scott Sanderson.

Cubs broadcasters Len Kasper, Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer attended, as well as former Chicago Bulls great Bob Love, Blackhawks executives John McDonough and Jay Blunk, White Sox general manager Ken Williams, and former Cubs GM Jim Hendry. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer were there, as well as Joe Torre, who represented Major League Baseball.

Banks’ twin sons, Joey and Jerry, each delivered personal tributes. Joey thanked his dad for letting them come to Wrigley Field, calling it “the best playground ever.”

“Move over Honus Wagner, there’s a new shortstop in heaven,” Joey Banks said.

Jerry wished his father happy birthday, and said the Wrigley family’s decision to purchase Banks’ contract from the Kansas City Monarchs was “the best $10,000 ever spent.”

“Who would’ve imagined you would become the icon of the great city of Chicago, representing not only Chicago but giving the fans love and devotion,” Jerry Banks said. “We’ve heard countless stories of interactions with fans. It makes our mourning his passing easier. For every tear we shed comes ten stories of laughter followed by, ‘That sounds like dad.'”

Jerry then shared three of his father’s favorite sayings to his children:

* “You learn more from losing than winning.”

* “I feel like Tony the Tiger. I feel great.”

* “How do you feel? I feel like I can fly.”

Following the nearly two-hour memorial service, a motorcade carrying the casket passed Banks’ statue in Daley Plaza and then headed north to Wrigley Field. The procession paused outside the ballpark’s marquee at Clark and Addison streets and fans applauded. The crews doing the renovation work at the 100-year-old ballpark also lined the streets to salute Banks one more time.

“He just had an amazing outlook on life,” radio broadcaster Pat Hughes said. “I think he woke up every day trying to make new friends. ‘I’m going to meet as many new friends as I can, I’m going to make as many people happy as I possibly can. he was a rare person.'”

Billy Williams paid homage to Banks by delivering a message for this year’s team.

“I know Ernie would put his stamp of approval on this — ‘The Cubs will win as a team in 2015,'” Williams said.

– Carrie Muskat

1/24 Ernie and Wrigley Field

In an interview with Ernie Banks for my book, “Banks to Sandberg to Grace,” the Cubs legend told me a story about how a nurse at a health spa in Tucson, Ariz., asked him for a favor. Here’s Ernie telling the story:

“[She said] ‘My grandfather was a longtime Cub fan and before he died, he wanted his ashes spread at Wrigley Field. Do they do that there?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know but I’ll let you know before I leave.’

“So I called, and they said, ‘Well, Ernie, we get a lot of requests from people who want to do that. We don’t publicize it because we don’t want to make it sound like a cemetery.’

“I know we haven’t played well but it’s not a cemetery, so I told [the nurse] that. She said, ‘OK, but I really wanted it to happen.’

“So now, I want it to happen to me. I want my ashes to be spread over Wrigley Field with the wind blowing out.”

1/17 Bleachers won’t be ready Opening Day

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said Saturday that the Wrigley Field bleachers will not be ready by Opening Night, April 5. The bleachers are currently being renovated, part of the five-year, $575 million “Project 1060″ for the 100-year-old ballpark. Bleacher season ticket holders received an email on Saturday outlining their options. They can get a full refund prior to games of May 11, get a credit amount prior to May 11, or relocate for all their games prior to May 11. Kenney said the left field bleachers are expected to be ready by early May, and the right field bleachers ready by late May. Said Carl Rice: “We want to do it right.”

– Carrie Muskat

12/3 Tree lighting at Wrigley

The Cubs will host a tree-lighting ceremony Thursday to celebrate the holidays and conclude the team’s yearlong 100 Gifts of Service. The ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. CT outside the Cubs Store at the northwest corner of Clark and Addison. The tree was donated by Christy Webber Landscapes.

Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins will be joined by Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, Cubs Charities chair Laura Ricketts, president of business operations Crane Kenney and representatives from many of the organizations that benefited from the team’s 100 Gifts of Service this year.

Fans and Wrigley Field neighbors are invited to participate in a holiday toy drive to benefit children at Lawrence Hall Youth Services. New, unwrapped toys may be donated at Thursday’s ceremony or during the Cubs Store’s business hours — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT — leading up to the event.

11/29 The holiday season

The Cubs are inviting fans to participate in a holiday toy drive to benefit children at Lawrence Hall Youth Services. Toys may be donated at the Cubs Store across from Wrigley Field from now until Thursday at 5:30 p.m. CT, when the Cubs will host a holiday celebration and tree lighting ceremony at the corner of Clark and Addison streets.

You can bring new, unwrapped toys to donate at the tree lighting event. The large tree, donated by Christy Webber Landscapes, will stand at the northwest corner of Clark and Addison to avoid conflict with the Wrigley Field renovation project.

Fergie Jenkins, Tom Ricketts and representatives from the organizations that benefited from the Cubs’ 100 Gifts of Service will attend the tree lighting. The 100 Gifts of Service represent a year-long program featuring Cubs players and associates engaging in community service in celebration of Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday season.

If you can’t attend the tree lighting ceremony, the Cubs Store will accept new, unwrapped toys as donations during its business hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT. Lawrence Hall Youth Services has compiled a wish list of desired toys, including action figures, board games, dolls, educational toys, puzzles, sporting equipment, stuffed animals, toy cars and more.

In addition to the toy drive, fans worldwide can offer a monetary donation to Cubs Charities to support the toy drive and other programs targeting improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. Tuesday is the global day dedicated to giving back. The Cubs will participate in the #GivingTuesday social media campaign, and requests fans share both the #GivingTuesday and #CubsCharities hashtags when encouraging donations online. Donations to Cubs Charities may be submitted online at http://www.cubscharities.com.

11/26 Wrigley work delayed

The Wrigley Field bleachers may not be ready by Opening Day because of unseasonably cold weather and delays with related projects, but a contingency plan is in place for season ticket holders, a Cubs spokesman said Wednesday.

“It’s the nature of the construction business, being able to deal with timing issues and setbacks and delays,” said Julian Green, vice president of communications and community affairs. “[Delays] happen with any construction project. They’re compounded with restoring a 100-year old ballpark and trying to work within a 26-week timeframe, which as of Monday, is 19 weeks.

“This is an extremely challenging project given the environment that is the weather as well as the compressed timing we have,” Green said. “It’s going to be a challenge.”

The Cubs will have a better idea as to how long of a delay they expect before March 6 when single game tickets go on sale for the 2015 season, Green said. The Cubs are scheduled to open the season at Wrigley Field on April 5 with a nationally televised game against the Cardinals.

“We’ll make a decision well before [March 6] in terms of whether we’ll be able to have the bleachers ready,” Green said. “We’re still going to be playing a game April 5, Sunday night, at Wrigley Field, and that’s not going to change.”

Chicago has experienced frigid temperatures and some snow in mid November, which has created some work stoppages. Heavy wind on Monday also delayed the crews. There are other issues, Green said.

“There is ongoing work by the city of Chicago water department which is doing some work to install a new water main on Sheffield [street],” Green said. “Because of that ongoing work, which was supposed to be completed in early October, we’ve been delayed with some of the deep foundation and excavation work in the area of the bleachers.

“We’re still doing work out there but the speed in which we can move depends on the water crews finishing up that work,” he said.

It’s tough to predict Chicago weather, and this fall has been difficult with a record string of below freezing days.

“The first day of winter hasn’t even arrived yet — that’s Dec. 21,” Green said. “We expect some colder temperatures and snow. We don’t know what the winter may bring. All of that led us to put some contingency plans in place. We’re not throwing up the white towel yet. We need to put some plans in place to take care of our customers.”

Green would not give an exact number of bleacher season ticket holders affected, saying there are a few thousand people. They do have some options.

“If you’re a bleacher season ticket holder, we will be able to accommodate season ticket holders in the grandstands,” he said. “Given the attendance rates in April, or the past attendance rates in April, we have more than enough seats to accommodate season ticket holders who hold seats in the bleachers.

“If there are bleacher season ticket holders who do not want to sit in the grandstand, we are considering a plan where we could either refund season ticket holders for the games they miss, or apply a credit for the 2016 season,” he said.

Green said the bleachers will be ready at some point in 2015; it’s just too soon to say when. The new video scoreboards and advertising signage will be installed by Opening Day, Green said.

– Carrie Muskat

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