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Ticket Availability:
Wrigley Field is nearly sold out every day, regardless of how the team is performing. There will be a handful of tickets available through the primary ticket market, with Standing Room Only tickets made available on gameday; the best bet is to compare prices at reputable online ticket brokers like TicketNetwork and Awesome Seating; The website Best Ballpark Seats has a good ticket broker comparison that gives a rundown of the top ticket brokers and how their prices and selection rank. While you can also buy tickets on the streets outside Wrigley Field, I'd recommend doing research online beforehand in order have a feel for the market value of the tickets you're looking for... scalpers on the street have been known to hold on and sell for above face value even after the first pitch, so don't assume you'll be able to walk up and get a last-second steal.
Wrigley Field is located in a residential neighborhood, and parking is limited. Public transportation (the Red Line) is recommended. However, if you are driving to the game, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you BUY YOUR PARKING IN ADVANCE ONLINE at one of the nearby private lots. Doing so will save you a ton of hassles - the inconvenience of trying to find a spot near Wrigley cannot be understated.
Wrigley Field used to be organized around "aisles" rather than sections, but before the 2019 season, the section numbering system was modernized. Gone are the days of seat number 8 from one "aisle" and 108 from another being next to each other - and sold together, correctly but confusingly, as adjacent seats.

Best View at Wrigley Field

Obviously, Club Box on the lower level between the dugouts, and the first few rows (Dugout/Bullpen Box) offer perhaps the closest views in the majors...but here are some more affordable options where the view is surprisingly good:


Field Box (Infield & Home Plate) 109-126:
Classic lower level seats between the 1st and 3rd base that are not covered nor obstructed. You feel (and are) really close to the action, even from the back rows. These sections are just behind a walkway, so the first few rows may have to deal with excessive traffic.

Upper Box (infield) 308L-326R:
These are the uncovered/un-obstructed upper deck seats between the bases. They offer a great birds-eye view of the entire field, with seats on enough of an incline to be able to see all the action over the person in front of you.

Wrigley Field - Section 321R view

Wrigley Field Section 321R view
Note: Section view photo is approximate.
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Although this is a small, intimate ballpark, NOTE that there are many obstructed view seats that you'll want to avoid if looking for a great view.

Sections 206-231 rows 6 and higher:
These sections have poles in them in the 6th row, so views will be obstructed for parts of the field in rows 6 and higher. The poles are generally on the aisle, so chose seat numbers that are more middle of the section (4-12); however, the higher row number you go, the more "in play" these poles become. Furthermore, anything row 15 and higher will also be obstructed by the upper deck, blocking views to scoreboards, fly balls, and the sky.

Upper Deck Reserved sections 403L-431R
By modern standards, this upper deck is still very close to the action. However, the drawback up here is the columns, which are in the first row and on the aisles. You may get lucky if you pick lower rows, or seats in the middle of the sections (seat numbers 4-12ish). The higher row you go, the more chance for obstruction by the poles.

Wrigley Field Obstructed Seats (section 212)

Obstructed View at Cubs games

Best Value Seats for Cubs Games


Upper Box (infield) 308L-326R:
Relatively affordable seats with a great view. In the "Friendly Confines", no seats are too far from the action, but these sections make you seem like you are right on top of it.

Bleachers (General Admission):
These seats give you a true Wrigley experience at an affordable price. And you may even leave with a homerun ball!

Sheffield Ave:
There is an opening in the fence out here, where you can peer into the game for may need to deal with excessive foot traffic, and the view isn't the greatest, but you can see the game.

Wrigley's cheapest view

You truly get what you pay for here at Wrigley. If you shop around a few different brokers, you will find a seat that meets your needs at a price you can live with... if not, make a trip to Wrigleyville anyway, catch some balls on Waveland Avenue during batting practice, then find a spot in one of the many nearby watering holes and watch the game on TV - you don't want to miss the atmosphere of Wrigleyville on game day.

Best Seats for Families at Wrigley

Note that Wrigley Field does not offer reduced children's price tickets, but children age 2 and under do not need a ticket. It is expected that these children will sit on a parent's lap.


Upper Deck Reserved 400 level sections:
If you are looking for value seats, these are them. Although some seats may have obstructed view, this may not be an issue for a young child who may not be paying attention to the game anyway (and there are skyline views up here). Also, these seats provide protection from the elements...and are not far at all from the action. Infield sections 408L-426R are just a couple bucks more expensive than the outfield sections, and may be worth the better view for the parent who is into the game.

Wrigley Field - Section 411L seat view

Although the ballpark is named the "Friendly Confines", some would argue that the ballpark is not child-friendly at all, given the "social" aspect of the park. This is a matter of personal taste, do whatever you are comfortable with, but be aware:

A very social place, where the Old Style seems to flow a little stronger than other places within the ballpark. Described anywhere from "rowdy" to "frat party atmosphere", it may be uncomfortable for some people to have their youngest children in this environment.

Best Sections for The Social Scene at Wrigley

It's been said that all of Wrigley Field is a social scene. While that may be true, two areas are just more social than the rest:


Whether you prefer left field or right field, the general admission Bleacher sections are just slightly crazier than other sections of the ballpark. Described as "rowdy" and "frat party atmosphere"; besides drinking Old Style, a favorite pastime in the bleachers is to play a game of "Moundball" sure to bring a bunch of $1 bills. If you've never played, there are many variations; you can find some rules here, it's sure to keep you involved in the game, regardless of how the Cubbies are doing. Best if played with more than 3 people - if your group isn't that large, the Wrigley bleachers are the perfect place to make friends and form a group large enough to play.

Rooftops (outside of Wrigley):
Although not located inside the ballpark, the Rooftop Decks are endorsed by the Cubbies, and put on quite the party with all inclusive food and beverages. Most are geared towards group outings, but some offer seating for groups as small as 2 people.


Leaving before the 7th inning stretch:
You won't want to miss the entire ballpark, often led by a celebrity, singing and swaying to "Take Me Out to The Ballgame".

Best Seating Options for Impressing Guests


Club 1914:
Expect to pay $250-$500. IF tickets are available, you'll find them on StubHub. These padded, larger seats are within 10 rows of the field, right around the plate and on-deck circles. All-inclusive food and beverages, including premium items, or ballpark fare. I'm not sure you'll find a closer seat in baseball than these.

Maker's Mark Barrel Room:
Found for $250 each on StubHub; These seats are down the right field line, just past the visitors dugout; food and drink is included, along with access to a "speakeasy" - souvenir foul pop-ups are an occasional bonus.

Field Box OF Section 104:
Worked for Ferris Bueller


Bleachers 536-538:
These are the bleacher seats that are furthest from home plate and most unlikely to have a ball hit into them. If you buy bleacher tickets and show up right at game time, these are the seats you may be sitting in (under the scoreboard)...make sure to show up early if you have bleacher seats, and sit in the more desirable left or right field sections.

Upper Deck Reserved (403-408L, and 427-431R):
Although not far away or too high up from the action when compared to other ballparks, many of these seats have obstructed views. Almost any other section in this ballpark would be more impressive if you're trying to seal the deal.

Best Seats for Getting a Baseball


Bleacher sections 501-518:
The place to be during batting practice (or games) to catch homeruns. Gates open 2 hours before gametime. Cubs batting practice will run from 2.5 hours before game time to roughly 1-hour,40-minutes (100 minutes) before, with visitors BP running from 90 minutes through 45 minutes prior to gametime. If you have seats in sections 301-315, these are general admission, so you'll want to be here pretty early anyway to stake you claim on a front row seat (or whatever works for you). The later you wait to get into the ballpark, the more chance you have at being stuck under the scoreboard. And don't forget, you can get food and beer at reduced prices until an hour before gametime.

Field Box OF Section 104:
Worked for Ferris Bueller

Club Box OF Section 4:
Almost worked for Bartman

Waveland and Sheffield Avenues:
This experience is actually FREE. During batting practice, there will be many balls hit out into the streets. Keep your head up and your glove ready.


Terrace Reserved 204-231:
These are below the upper deck, so balls rarely make it back here, particularly in the back rows. Note also that the upper deck & suite levels block the view of flyballs.

400 level sections:
The roof blocks many balls from getting up here.

Best Seats for Getting Autographs at Wrigley


Magellen Kids Corral - accessible via Section 12:
Children 13 and under are allowed access to this area near the Cubs dugout from gate opening time (2 hours prior to first pitch) up until 45 minutes before game time.

Player's Parking Lot:
Not really seats, but if you miss out before the game, you can wait by the players parking lot near the corner of Clark and Waveland after the game. This will be hit or miss.

Wrigley Field's Unique seating options


Rooftop seats
These are arguably the signature seats of Wrigley Field...and they aren't even in Wrigley. There are 15 buildings on Sheffield (right field) and Waveland (left field) Avenues that are officially endorsed by the Cubs to sell rooftop seats -- that peek into the stadium. Most of these cater to group outings (10+), but there are a few that will sell to smaller groups, depending on availability. These are typically all inclusive deals, meaning beverages, food, and your view of the game are included in your price (typically $100-$200 per person).

Rooftop Seat view


This cozy gem of a stadium, and the surrounding neighborhood, offer perhaps the most unique experience in all of baseball!

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