See, no one goes to Wrigley Field for opening day because of the sunshine and warm weather because that’s rarely how it works. It’s mostly cloudy and cold, the ivy still lies dormant on the outfield walls, and you’d better be wrapped up if you’re going to enjoy some Cubs baseball.
Still, it was always a hot ticket. I vividly remember twiddling my thumbs on the computer in the online waiting room in high school, hoping that I would be lucky enough to snag a few tickets to the home opener. But with just eight days left until the start of the 2022 season, there seems to be one ton Tickets for next Thursday’s game are still available.
Regardless of how you buy your tickets, whether it’s from cubs.com or the thrift market, there are options in literally every area of the ballpark at a variety of prices. In other words, if you want to wrap up the winter and focus on the summer ahead, you have the opportunity to do so.
Is this a sign that after an off-season that saw many fans target the higher end of the free-agent market, only to be largely disappointed, things are about to come for ownership? Or do the Cubs move there like they always do in the summertime, when the beer is cold, the sun is hot and Wrigley is the place to be?
We won’t have the answer to that question for some time, but if you’re Tom Ricketts, you must be at least a little worried knowing how many spots are left for what’s often ranked as one of the year’s biggest sellers is seen. After last summer’s sell-off of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, fans may be turning their backs on the team – if not the team itself, the property?
Tickets for the Cubs Opening Day are currently available at almost any price
The Cubs offer the most expensive gameday experience in all of baseball, which says something for 2022 if Chicago doesn’t even break the .500 mark by most forecasts. Gone are the days when fans flocked blindly through the turnstiles for a lackluster product on the pitch; The World Series title in 2016 and the years after made sure of that.
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Maybe it’s because next Thursday is supposed to be cloudy and in the 40’s. Perhaps it’s a damning statement to the Ricketts family after the team failed to land the likes of Carlos Correa. We don’t know – but it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on visitor numbers. After all, the team is still working on those biblical losses, right?