The Chicago Cubs are ready to kick off another exciting season of baseball at Wrigley Field. As we prepare to welcome fans to the Friendly Confines, below is detailed information on some of the plans for the 2016 season.Please check this site frequently for updates throughout the season.Transportation and ParkingThe
The Chicago Cubs are ready to kick off another exciting season of baseball at Wrigley Field. As we prepare to welcome fans to the Friendly Confines, below is detailed information on some of the plans for the 2016 season.
Please check this site frequently for updates throughout the season.
Transportation and Parking
The Cubs strongly encourage the use of public transportation, including Metra trains, PACE shuttle buses and CTA buses and trains.
The Cubs will continue to offer free remote parking at 3900 N. Rockwell St., just east of the Chicago River and accessed from Irving Park Road. The lot will be available on Opening Night and all night and weekend games throughout the season. This lot includes free shuttle service to and from Wrigley Field. Services begin two and a half hours before first pitch, and returning shuttles board post-game and run approximately one hour after the end of the game. On Opening Night, services to the ballpark will begin at 4:05 p.m. CDT.
Limited cash-only parking will be available in the Toyota Camry Lot, formerly the Green Lot, at 1126 W. Grace St., on a first-come, first-served basis for fans during the season. Residents with permits for the Toyota Camry Lot are able to use the lot on non-gamedays with a valid Cubs parking sticker. Visit Cubs.com/Transportation for information on obtaining a sticker.
The Toyota RAV4 lot, formerly the Brown Lot, will not generally be available for cash parking.
The Cubs free bicycle check service will continue during all Cubs home games. This year, the service will be located in the alley just north of the main entrance for the CTA Red Line stop on Addison Street and is accessible via the alley on Sheffield Avenue just north of Addison. The bike check will begin approximately two hours before the start of the game and end one hour after the game ends.
As in the past, we anticipate the Chicago Police Department will close Waveland Avenue, from Clark Street to Sheffield Avenue, to vehicular traffic one hour before the game starts and reopen one hour after the game ends. Waveland will be open to pedestrians on both the north and south sides of the street from Sheffield to Seminary avenues throughout the game. From Seminary Avenue to Clark Street, pedestrians will only have access to the north side of Waveland.
In addition, we anticipate the Chicago Police Department will again close Sheffield Avenue, from Waveland Avenue to Addison Street, to vehicular traffic one hour before the game starts and reopen one hour after the game ends. Pedestrians will have access to the east and west sides of Sheffield throughout the game.
Pedestrians will have access to both the east and west sides of Clark Street.
Residents with vehicles on Clifton Avenue will be able to exit on Waveland heading west toward Clark Street only.
Click here for additional traffic, transportation and parking information on Cubs.com.
Bus Staging Locations
As in 2015, group charter and coach buses are asked to unload and pick up on Irving Park Road, east of Clark Street.
PACE buses will be asked to stage on Clark Street between Waveland Avenue and Grace Street.
CTA buses will continue to provide service on Addison Street from the same locations as in prior years.
The newly refinished Wrigley Field Ticket Office, located near Gate F at the corner of Clark and Addison streets, will be open at the ballpark Opening Night and throughout the season.
Please note tickets will not be available at The Cubs Store this season.
Entry to the Ballpark
All gates, except the future Western Gate, will be available for entry and exit Opening Night and throughout the season.
In anticipation of a capacity-crowd, gates at Wrigley Field will open at 4:35 p.m. CDT on Opening Night. For the remainder of the season, Wrigley Field gates will open two hours prior to game time unless otherwise specified. Please be sure to use the entry gate listed on your ticket.
The Cubs are adding metal detectors at all Wrigley Field gates as part of the team's and Major League Baseball's ongoing commitment to fan safety. This enhanced security screening will be in place by Opening Night and is in addition to the current bag check already in place for all guests carrying items that need inspection. Guests entering without a bag, purse or container can use express lines.
The following items are prohibited at Wrigley Field: Alcohol, bags larger than 16 x 16 x 8 inches, brooms, containers (cans, glass, hard-sided coolers, thermoses or flasks), illegal drugs, inflatables, laser pointers, luggage or car seats, nets, noisemakers, non-factory sealed plastic bottles, unmanned aerial vehicles, weapons of any kind and any other item deemed inappropriate by ballpark operations personnel.
The Fan Services Booth is located on the main concourse directly behind home plate. Available services include answers to general fan questions, ballpark food locations, information about events and services at Wrigley Field, directions and mass transit information. Fans may also share their feedback regarding their experience at Wrigley Field and obtain pocket schedules.
For assistance during the game, guests can use the fan texting service to alert event personnel of a fan services issue. Text the keyword "Friendly" along with your issue and location to 69050. You will receive a confirmation your message has been received. Standard message and data rates may apply.
The Advocate Health Care First Aid station is located behind home plate on the main concourse on the third-base side of Gate F. Signage identifies this area. An Advocate Health Care physician and registered nurse and Superior Ambulance emergency medical technicians are typically on hand for all games. First Aid also includes a family restroom that may be used by nursing mothers, individuals with accessibility needs or parents with children.
The elevator located at the northwest corner of Wrigley Field near Gate K will be operational.
Opening Night Entertainment and Promotions
Promotions: Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano's, to the first 30,000 fans
National Anthem: Wayne Messmer
First pitches and 7th inning stretch: Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams
Fans in the Budweiser Bleachers will enjoy a newly redesigned Budweiser Bleacher Bar as they enter the Budweiser Bleacher Gate at the corner of Sheffield and Waveland avenues. This bar offers an array of beer, cocktails and wine on the main concourse level.
Bleacher guests also will see five new display cases showcasing Cubs and Wrigley Field history, a replica ivy wall perfect for photo opportunities and additional décor throughout the bleacher concourse.
For more information about Budweiser Bleacher group spaces, please visit Cubs.com/Bleachers.
Ten restrooms are available on the main concourse level at Wrigley Field. Five restrooms, three men's and two women's, are available on the left-field concourse. Three restrooms, one men's and two women's, are available on the right-field concourse. Two family restrooms, one near Gate F and one in the First Aid room located behind home plate, are available on the main concourse.
Five restrooms are available on the upper deck at Wrigley Field. One men's and one women's restrooms are available on the left-field upper deck. One men's and one women's restrooms are available on the right-field upper deck. A family restroom is available on the first-base side of the upper deck.
One men's and one women's restrooms are available on the concourse in the Budweiser Bleachers. A family restroom also is available in the Upper Budweiser Bleachers.
All fans are welcome to use any restroom in the ballpark provided their ticket permits access to the area in which the restroom is located.
Wintrust automated teller machines (ATMs) are available throughout Wrigley Field for our fans' convenience. Locations include: inside Gate F and D; on first and third base ramps to the Upper Deck; on the Jack Daniel's Patio; in the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone and in the Budweiser Bleachers near the stairwells and on the ramp.
Food and beverages are available throughout the ballpark at concession stands and portable carts managed by Levy Restaurants. Fans can ask a Wrigley Field associate or stop by Fan Services, located behind home plate on the main concourse, for the most up-to-date list of all your food and beverage choices and locations.
For the first hour after gates open, all food and nonalcoholic beverages are sold at a 25 percent discount. The discount will begin 30 minutes earlier on Opening Night, starting at 4:35 p.m. CDT.
There will be several new food and beverage concession stands and offerings at Wrigley Field in 2016, including the Marquee Grill located on the terrace level, a Gilbert's Grill Cart on the main concourse and a Chicago Dog Bloody Mary in the Budweiser Bleachers. Click here for the full list of food and beverage offerings at Wrigley Field.
Construction Outside the Ballpark
Construction of the plaza and mixed-use building adjacent to the ballpark, which will house the Cubs' administrative offices and retail space, is progressing well with work continuing throughout the season.
Cellular service will be available throughout the ballpark for fans in 2016. The Cubs continue to work with our cellular service providers to enable fans to use their mobile devices during the season.
To continue to enhance the fan experience, we are planning to upgrade/overhaul our communication and data service as part of a future phase of the 1060 Project. We will continue to communicate relevant updates as they are available.
Wrigley Field Marquee, Statues and Personalized Pavers
The historic Wrigley Field Marquee and all Cubs tribute statues (Ernie Banks, Harry Caray, Ron Santo and Billy Williams) will be on display during the 2016 season.
Wrigley Field personalized pavers have been installed in their new location outside the Budweiser Bleachers on Sheffield and Waveland avenues. Specific locations will be provided to paver owners. Paver owners with any questions can contact Cubs Fan Services at 773-388-8270 or email@example.com.