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Cubs fans know there's nothing like Wrigley bleachers

Cubs fans know there's nothing like Wrigley bleachers

CHICAGO -- Jake Peterson has been to at least five Cubs games a year since he was 13 years old.

When the 27-year-old Chicagoan -- who lives minutes away from Wrigley Field on Addison Street -- finally decided to get season tickets, he knew exactly where he wanted to spend his summer days.

"The bleachers," he said. "There's no other place to be."

Peterson didn't grow up sitting only in the bleachers. He's watched games from various angles at Wrigley Field. He's been in the 500-section, and was 20 rows above Section 4, Row 8, Seat 113 during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.

But the bleachers are his favorite.

"It's awesome," Peterson said. "You get to meet random people."

Consider last Thursday's series finale against the Marlins. Peterson and a group of season ticket holders -- who refer to themselves as family -- always sit or stand near the concourse in right-center field. They randomly met Jamie Cuevas, 31, and Mandie Lee, 32, of Mississippi.

It was Lee's first game at Wrigley Field, and Peterson and his "family" were leaving quite the impression.

"I went to New York to a Yankees game about two months ago, but this is more like tailgating, so it's much more of a better feel," Lee said. "Everyone's much more involved. You just meet people like [Peterson and Vip Singla]."

Singla, a 38-year-old who lives in Chicago via stops in Kansas City, Dallas and St. Louis, is in his second year as a season ticket holder in the bleachers. He was on the waiting list for 10 years, and said he has attended about two-thirds of the Cubs home games over the past two years.

He's also a big proponent of the bleachers, especially for those who want to socialize.

"If you don't want to be sitting around -- don't get us wrong, we watch the game, I know the Cubs only have one hit -- but this is the place to be," Singla said during Thursday's third inning.

For people who live in the city, like 29-year-old Rich Barbera, the bleachers are also the place they want to bring their friends.

Barbera, a New York native who has lived in Chicago for about five years, said he always sits in the bleachers. When his six friends were in town Thursday, he said it was imperative they sit in the bleachers so they could get the full Wrigley Field experience.

"The bleachers are always the best and always fun," said Barbera, standing next to the left-field foul pole. "It's just more fun in the bleachers. They really don't compare to anywhere else."

Cash Kruth is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth.
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