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The Cubs today announced details for purchasing single game tickets. They will go on sale at the Wrigley Field ticket office on March 8 at 8 a.m. CST, two hours before online and phone sales begin. This year marks the last time there will be a two-hour on-sale event at Wrigley Field. Fans interested in purchasing tickets in person at the Wrigley Field ticket office on March 8 before 10 a.m. must participate in a mandatory wristband procedure.
Following the ticket office on-sale event, single game tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. CST at Cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).
Fans may participate in the MasterCard Pre-Sale prior to the general on-sale date. Starting March 6 at noon CST, single game tickets will be available at Cubs.com for a 20 percent premium, or a 15 percent premium for fans using a MasterCard.
“Cubs fans will once again have a variety of options to secure their must-have tickets for the upcoming season,” said Colin Faulkner, vice president of sales and partnerships, Chicago Cubs. “We encourage fans looking for advance selection and no online service fees to attend our final two-hour on-sale event at Wrigley Field. Given our planned restoration schedule at Wrigley Field and fans’ increased use of online ticket purchasing, we don’t anticipate offering this advance in-person purchase opportunity moving forward.”
In case you missed it, Northwestern and the Cubs have announced a partnership that will showcase the Wildcats athletic programs at Wrigley Field. As part of the partnership, Wrigley will potentially serve as a home venue for many of Northwestern’s 19 varsity programs over the coming years. Two sports programs have tentatively set dates: On April 20, Northwestern baseball will host the Michigan Wolverines in a Big Ten matchup. In 2014, the Wildcats women’s lacrosse team, winner of seven of the last eight NCAA championships, will play regional rival Notre Dame.
The dates for the five Wildcats football games are pending because of scheduling of the Wrigley restoration project. Details on other game dates, opponents and ticket information for all Northwestern athletic events at Wrigley Field will be provided later.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs are asking fans to submit designs to celebrate Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday. You can enter the “Wrigley Field Turns 100 Logo Contest” — and the winning logo will be used during the year-long festivities in 2014. It could even be featured on the Cubs’ uniforms.
The winning designer and a guest will receive a flight and accommodations in Chicago (if applicable) to be honored during a logo unveiling event before a late-summer home game at Wrigley Field. The winner will receive two tickets to the game, as well as a personalized 2014 jersey.
Start doodling now. Participants can upload an original, creative design for a logo by Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m. CT. A group of finalists will be posted to Cubs.com for fan voting in April. The final design will be unveiled at a Cubs home game later this year. Submissions must be in .jpg, .gif or .png file formats, not exceed two megabytes in size. Official rules, an upload form and examples of entries are available at http://www.cubs.com/logocontest.
– Carrie Muskat
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel supports the Cubs’ efforts to pay for renovations to Wrigley Field. During a news conference at Harold Washington College Wednesday, Emanuel was asked about the proposal, unveiled at the Cubs Convention.
“When I first started this discussion, the Cubs wanted $200 million in taxpayer dollars,” Emanuel told reporters. “I said, ‘No.’ Then they said, ‘We’d like $150 million taxpayer dollars,’ and I said, ‘No.’ Then they asked if they could have $100 million in taxpayer subsidies, and I said, ‘No.’ Then, they asked about $55 million in taxpayer subsidies. I said, ‘No.’ The good news is after 15 months, they’ve heard the word, ‘No.’
“So, we’re at a point where there will be no taxpayer subsidies for a private entity,” Emanuel said. “That said, Wrigley is important to the neighborhood and to the city — or at least a part of the city that likes to go there — and I want to ensure that it continues that kind of important role that it plays in the North Side, which is why I’m also pleased that they’re also putting a hotel up. So, I asked all the parties involved to finish this up.”
Will the city give the Cubs the go ahead to do what they want? Emanuel would only say: “We all have a stake in getting it done. It is not done until all the parts fall in place. There are other things that are necessary to do that. There are 1,200 jobs at stake in buliding and refurbishing Wrigley. But, I want to be clear, I said from the beginning and now it’s absolutely clear and underscored — there will be no taxpayer subsidy in the refurbishing of Wrigley. But, all the parties have a role to play to see it through to the end, and I intent to help do that.”
The Cubs are willing to pay $300 million in renovation plans, to be done over five offseasons, but want the city to let the team add more advertising signage, have more night games, and be able to close off Sheffield avenue on weekends.
– Carrie Muskat
There’s a photo gallery up on Cubs.com with illustrations of the proposed renovations. Here’s a link:
Hope that works.
The Cubs Saturday revealed a $300 million plan to restore Wrigley Field, which the Ricketts family is prepared to pay for. The plan will take five offseasons, and the Cubs will not have to play any of their games at another ballpark. The items on the long to do list include remodeling the home and visitor’s clubhouse, adding new batting cages that will be accessible in-game. The entire upper deck will have the wooden roof removed and new seating platforms will be installed. New concrete will be poured into the lower seating bowl. More restrooms will be added, more concessions stands, more restaurants. The landmark features will be not be changed.
The Cubs are working with architectural firms that have worked on Camden Yards, the Rose Bowl and Fenway Park. There will be a push to add some decorative touches that were on Wrigley Field when it was first built in 1914, such as ornamental metal work.
The Cubs asked fans about what they felt needed to be improved at Wrigley, what made it special, what was sacred, and responded via surveys. For example, 80 percent of fans surveyed said they liked the new LED scoreboard in right field. There are plans to add another in front of the left field bleachers. There also has been talk about adding a video scoreboard, but that has not been finalized.
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said the current home clubhouse is 50 percent smaller than what most Major League teams, and they want to provide a first class setting.
The changes will begin after the 2013 season with the home clubhouse and lower left field area and the upper level in right. The changes will eventually reduce the seating capacity by 70 seats.
We’ll have drawings and more details later today on Cubs.com
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts says the team needs more flexibility in order to increase income sources and do the renovations it wants to do at Wrigley Field. At the Cubs Convention on Saturday, Ricketts said the team needs some relief from some of the restrictions placed on it by the city, including the landmark status.
“Right now we’re looking at other alternatives and not looking at the amusement tax [as a revenue source],” Ricketts said. “We’re trying to find other ways to help us advance the renovations and move forward.”
The Ricketts family feels it could take care of the renovations on its own if restrictions were removed.
“Let us go about doing our business and we’ll take care of ourselves,” Ricketts said. “We want to get the project rolling. It’s a big econ developmebt for the city, it’s a lot of jobs, it’s something everyone should have an incentive to get done.”
Specific changes to the ballpark were to be discussed at a later session.
– Carrie Muskat
The Ricketts family, owners of the Cubs, have reportedly signed an agreement to build a hotel across from Wrigley Field on the northwest corner of Clark and Addison streets. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced Thursday that it will develop a boutique hotel affiliated with the Sheraton brand and the exterior design will fit within the current Wrigleyville neighborhood landscape and community.
The hotel would be built on the land that currently houses a McDonald’s restaurant, and would anchor a large scale entertainment and retail development. The Ricketts purchased the land in 2011 for $20 million. A McDonald’s restaurant would be included in any future redevelopment of the property, according to an agreement between the Ricketts family and the McDonald’s corporation.
The Ricketts family also own a parcel of land next to Wrigley Field but development of that property depends on a proposal to renovate the ballpark, which celebrates its 100th birthday in 2014. The family has been seeking state and local taxpayer incentives to help finance the proposed $200 million in renovations.
The Ricketts family was expected to discuss the Wrigley renovations this weekend during the Cubs Convention.
– Carrie Muskat