Baseball returns to Wrigley Field Tuesday, April 10, 2018! The game is scheduled to start at 1:20 p.m. CDT, and gates are scheduled to open approximately two hours prior to first pitch. Opening Day pregame festivities will start at approximately 12:45 p.m. CDT. In anticipation of capacity-crowds, please make sure to arrive early, give yourself extra time to enter the ballpark, use the entry gate listed on your ticket and follow posted signage and directions given by Wrigley Field personnel.
Below is detailed information on what fans can expect when they visit the Friendly Confines in 2018. For additional information on all things Wrigley Field, please visit www.cubs.com/info.
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 immediately south of Irving Park Road. The lot will be available for all night and weekend games throughout the season. This lot includes free shuttle service to and from Wrigley Field. Services begin two and half hours before first pitch and returning shuttles board postgame and run approximately one hour after the end of the game. Please note the Remote Lot will not be available for our home opener since it is a weekday day game.
Limited parking will be available in the Toyota Camry Lot, located at 1126 W. Grace St, and the Irving Park Lot, located at 1052 Irving Park Rd.
The Cubs free bicycle valet service will continue during all home games. The service will be located in the alley just east of the main entrance for the CTA Red Line stop on Addison Street. The bicycle valet 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 begins and reopen one hour after the game ends. Sheffield Avenue from Waveland Avenue to Addison Street also is expected to close to vehicular traffic one hour before the game begins and reopen one hour after the game ends.
Waveland Avenue will be open to pedestrians on both the north and south sides of the street. Pedestrians will have access to the east and west sides of Sheffield Avenue, as well as the east and west sides of Clark Street. For the most up-to-date information on street closures, please visit www.44thward.org.
Residents with vehicles on Clifton Avenue will be able to exit on Waveland Avenue heading west toward Clark Street only.
Please visit www.cubs.com/transportation for additional transportation and parking information.
Group charter and coach buses will unload and pick up on Irving Park Road, just 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 and Clark Street from the same locations as in prior years.
The Wrigley Field Ticket Office, located just north of the Wrigley Field Marquee at the corner of Clark and Addison streets, will be open for Opening Day and throughout the season. Hours of operation are available here.
The Budweiser Bleacher Ticket Windows, located on Waveland Avenue by the main bleacher entrance, will be open on gamedays two hours before the start of the game.
All Wrigley Field gates will open two hours prior to game time unless otherwise specified. Be sure to use the entry gate listed on your ticket. Several of the entry gates at Wrigley Field have been renamed this year, so please pay attention to the gate listed on your ticket.
Visit www.cubs.com/gates for detailed gate locations.
Fan safety is a top priority for the Cubs and Major League Baseball. The Cubs have security screening at all Wrigley Field gates through the use of metal detectors. This enhanced screening is in addition to bag check stations for 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, aerosol spray, glass, hard-sided coolers, thermoses or flasks), illegal drugs, inflatables, laser pointers, luggage or car seats, nets, noisemakers, non-factory sealed plastic bottles, portable stadium seats, selfie sticks, unmanned aerial vehicles, weapons of any kind and any other item deemed inappropriate by ballpark operations personnel. Please visit www.cubs.com/security for additional information.
The MLB Ballpark app is your secure and convenient way to instantly buy, share and scan Cubs tickets for entry to Wrigley Field via your mobile device. The app is free to download and use with a MLB.com account.
To enter Wrigley Field, simply have the Ballpark app open, pull up your ticket barcode for that day's game and present it to the gate attendant to be scanned. If you're entering with a group, you have the option to scan multiple tickets on one device or forward tickets to your group in advance to be scanned via the Ballpark app on their individual devices. If you plan to scan multiple tickets on one device, please be sure to enter Wrigley Field with all members of your party present.
Visit www.cubs.com/ballparkapp for app features, a video tutorial and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
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 also may share their feedback regarding their experience at Wrigley Field and obtain pocket schedules.
For assistance during the game, fans can text 69050 with the keyword "Friendly" and a description of your seat location and issue, and Wrigley Field personnel will respond to your request as soon as possible.
The Advocate Health Care First Aid station is located behind home plate in the main concourse on the first-base side of the Marquee Gate. Signage identifies this area. An Advocate Health Care physician, registered nurse and emergency medical technicians are on hand for all games. First Aid also includes a family restroom and dedicated nursing mothers room.
Several elevators are available throughout Wrigley Field: In the main concourse directly behind home plate by the Marquee Gate, in the left-field concourse by the Left Field Gate, in the main bleacher concourse near the Budweiser Bleacher Gate and two single-story elevators provide access to the left and right field porches in the Budweiser Bleachers.
The Budweiser Bleacher Gate is located at the corner of Waveland and Sheffield avenues. Please note for the regular season, Budweiser Bleacher seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is suggested for better seat selection.
Fans in the Budweiser Bleachers will have access to our Budweiser Bleacher Bar as they enter the Budweiser Bleacher Gate. This bar offers an array of beer, cocktails and wine for purchase on the main concourse level.
Bleacher guests also have access to the home and visiting team bullpens, five display cases showcasing Cubs and Wrigley Field history, a replica ivy wall perfect for photo opportunities and additional décor throughout the bleacher concourse.
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.
Men's and women's restrooms are available directly behind home plate and on both the first-base and third-base sides of the main concourse. Two family restrooms, one in the main concourse across from Aisle 112 and one in the Advocate Health Care First Aid station located behind home plate, also are available.
Men's and women's restrooms are available in the left-field and right-field sides of the upper deck. A family restroom is available behind home plate in the upper deck.
Men's and women's restrooms are available in the Budweiser Bleachers concourse. A family restroom also is available in the upper Budweiser Bleachers by the Budweiser Patio and in the Fannie May Bleacher Sweet.
Men's and women's restrooms are available directly behind home plate and on both the first-base and third-base sides on the Suite Level.
Men's and women's restrooms are available directly behind home plate in the Wrigley Field Ticket Office.
Men's and women's restrooms are available in the American Airlines 1914 Club. A family restroom also is available in the American Airlines 1914 Club.
Several Wintrust automated teller machines (ATMs) are available throughout Wrigley Field: Inside the Marquee Gate, the Gallagher Way Gate, Left Field Gate and Wintrust Right Field Gate; on first and third base ramps to the Upper Deck; on the Jim Beam 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. For the most up-to-date list of all your food and beverage choices and locations, visit www.cubs.com/map or see the Concessions Guide in the MLB Ballpark app.
For the first hour after gates open, all food and nonalcoholic beverages are sold at a 10-percent discount.
There are several new food and beverage concession stands and offerings available at Wrigley Field in 2018, including enhanced concessions stands throughout the main concourse. Concession service in the main concourse will be supplemented with portable carts until all are completed in spring.
For a full list of food and beverage offerings, please see the Concessions Guide in the Cubs section of the MLB Ballpark app.
Cellular service will be available throughout the ballpark for fans in 2018. We continue to work closely with carriers to provide quality service for our fans during the season.
As part of our continued commitment to enhance the fan experience, we are planning a complete upgrade of our Wi-Fi system which will occur during the 2018 season. We will continue to communicate relevant updates on the system to our fans as they become available.
Several merchandise stores and kiosks are available throughout Wrigley Field: Near the Marquee Gate, in the right-field concourse near the Wintrust Right Field Gate, on the Jim Beam Patio and in the main concourse and upper level of the Budweiser Bleachers.
The Cubs Store is located just outside the ballpark in Gallagher Way. This retail shop features authentic Cubs gear, merchandise and memorabilia and items exclusive to this location.
Promotions: Up to the first 30,000 early arriving fans will receive a Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano's
God Bless America: Julianna Zobrist
National Anthem: Wayne Messmer
First pitch: Cubs Hall of Famers (Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams)