Look, no one goes to Opening Day at Wrigley Field because of the sunshine and warm weather because, well, it rarely works out that way. More often than not, it’s cloudy and cold, the ivy is still dormant on the outfield walls and you’d better be bundled up if you want to enjoy some Cubs baseball.
Still, it’s always been a hot ticket. I vividly remember being in high school on a computer twiddling my thumbs in the online waiting room, hoping I’d be lucky enough to get my hands on some tickets for the home opener. But with just eight days until the 2022 season kicks off, there appears to be a ton of tickets for next Thursday’s game still available.
Regardless of how you purchase your tickets – whether it be cubs.com or the secondhand market, there are options in literally every section of the ballpark at a wide range of prices. In other words, if you’re looking to close the book on winter and turn your focus on the summer ahead, you’ll have the chance to do so.
Is this a sign of things to come for ownership after an offseason where many fans had their sights set on the top end of the free agent market only to be largely disappointed? Or will the Cubs draw as they always have come summer, when the beers are cold, 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 have to be at least a little concerned knowing how many seats are left for what’s often considered one of the biggest sellers of the year. After last summer’s sell-off of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, perhaps fans are turning their back on – if not the team itself, ownership?
Cubs Opening Day tickets can be had at just about any price point right now
The Cubs boast the most expensive game day experience in all of baseball, which is saying something heading into 2022, when most projections don’t even have Chicago breaking the .500 mark. Gone are the days when fans would blindly flow through the turnstiles for a lackluster on-field product; the World Series title in 2016 and the years that followed made sure of that.
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Maybe it’s the fact it’s supposed to be cloudy and in the 40s next Thursday. Perhaps it’s a damning statement to the Ricketts family after the team failed to land someone like Carlos Correa. We don’t know – but it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on attendance levels. After all, the team is still working through those biblical losses, right?