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Cubs Tickets Offically Go On Sale Friday... But They're Already On Sale

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Feb 16, 2010 4:00PM

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Cubs tickets officially go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday at the Wrigley Field box office, and 10 a.m. online and by phone. As in past years, to get a space in line at the park you'll need to acquire a wristband ahead of time. They will be handed out at Wrigley between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday, and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. Around 6 a.m. Friday, WGN radio will announce the starting wristband number for ticket sales. For those attempting to buy online, the virtual waiting rooms will open at 9:30 a.m., while phone lines open right at 10 a.m.

But even those of you who get in early on Friday may be disappointed to find the games you had your eyes on sold out already. How's that? While tickets officially go on sale on Friday, the Cubs have found yet another creative way to squeeze additional revenue out of their fans. For those willing to pony up an additional 20% (only 15% extra if you use your MasterCard), tickets became available for pre-sale yesterday via their MasterCard First Chance Sale. Yes, the Cubs are scalping tickets directly to their fans (again).

By Monday evening, only single tickets were available to popular games against the White Sox and Cardinals. As if the premium game pricing wasn't enough, fans now have to pay an extra 20% to see those teams. But don't worry... we're sure there still might be some seats against the Nationals and Pirates available for face value on Friday -- plus the TicketMaster convenience charges, order surcharges, print-at-home fees, etc.