The wonderful, illustrious and lovable Chicago Cubs will be back for another crack at breaking their almost 70-year World Series appearing drought. While it is extremely unlikely the Cubbies will break that drought this year, it looks as if Theo Epstein is at least turning the club in the right direction. With Chicago in hopes that Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro can take leaps forward this season, top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant are biding their time until they can make their own efforts to turn the franchise around. As always with the Cubs, the allure of attendance is more in the experience of Wrigley Field than it is with the product on the field. Although prices are down 5.59% for Chicago Cubs tickets from the previous year, the average ticket price is still topping three digits at $102 each.
Take a look at the five highest season series below:
1.) St. Louis Cardinals, July – Average Price, $154 – 51% above home average
The storied rivalry between the Cubs and Cardinals will enter its 112th season and by the time this July series comes to town, the teams will have already met an amazing 2,335 times. The Cardinals are the cream of the National League Central and will once again be considered World Series contenders. While the Cubs certainly won’t be in that same category, it doesn’t stop the excitement for when the Cardinals come to town. At $154 per ticket, this three-game weekend series is seeing average prices at 51% above the already steep home average.
2.) New York Yankees, May – Average Price, $137 – 34% above home average
The Cubs vs. Yankee rivalry may not have the deep historical relevance that the Cardinals series has, but that doesn’t keep it from becoming one of the more interesting matchups of the season. The Yankees have visited Wrigley Field just six times ever and will visit for a short two-game stint in May. Displaced yanks will get a chance to finally see their team live at Wrigley, but it won’t come cheap. Average prices are running at $137 per ticket, 34% above the average home Cubs game.
3.) Atlanta Braves, July – Average Price, $137 – 34% above home average
The Atlanta Braves make their only appearance in Chicago this season for a three-game weekend series just shy of the All Star break. The Braves feature one of the more exciting young rosters in the game and will likely have one of the top records at the break if the season plays out as projected. The average price for the series is 34% higher than the home average, at $137 each.
4.) Washington Nationals, June – Average Price, $129 – 27% above home average
The Washington Nationals come to town for a four-game weekend series in June. This is the only appearance that Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and the Nats will make to Wrigley this season. Washington, once considered a pushover team with a lack of drawing power, is now starting to see road ticket demand on par with the big hitters. With average prices of $129, up 27% from the home average, this Nationals and Cubs series at Wrigley will be one to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
5.) Baltimore Orioles, August – Average Price, $119 – 16% above home average
The Orioles will visit the Friendly Confines for the final interleague series of the season at Wrigley Field in August. This three-game weekend series consists of all day games under the beautiful Chicago summer sun. Whether you’re springing for box seats or lounging in the bleachers, the ivy will be in full bloom and baseball will be at its environmental best. With Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Manny Machado looking to return the Orioles to the postseason for just the second time in 15 years, the on-field product should be just as good as the off-field.