Wrigley Field, the iconic home of the Chicago Cubs, hasn't witnessed postseason excitement since 2020. That year, the Cubs' playoff journey was cut short in the Wild Card series by the Miami Marlins. Since then, the storied ballpark has seen a noticeable downturn in fan attendance and enthusiasm, reflecting the team's on-field struggles.
For the upcoming 2024 MLB season, ticket prices at Wrigley Field are more accessible than ever. Vividseats reports that opening day tickets are starting as low as $7, with an average price tag of $130. This pricing strategy is a stark contrast to the 2023 season, where the average ticket cost was $53.62, according to Statista.
This was a slight decrease from the previous season and a significant drop from the 2019 season's average of $59.49.
Cubs' 2024 Season Begins
The Cubs will commence their 2024 campaign on the road against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field, before returning to Wrigley Field for their home opener against the Colorado Rockies on April 1.
However, the offseason moves signal a period of rebuilding rather than immediate contention. The headline of the offseason was the dismissal of manager David Ross, with former Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell stepping in.
Despite Counsell's successful tenure with the Brewers, skepticism remains about the Cubs' competitiveness in the National League. Player moves have also been a mixed bag. Cody Bellinger, the NL Comeback Player of the Year, opted for free agency, while the Cubs retained pitcher Kyle Hendricks and catcher Yan Gomes.
Additions to the coaching staff include Ryan Flaherty as bench coach, Darren Holmes as bullpen coach, Mark Strittmatter as major league field coordinator, and John Mallee as assistant hitting coach. A significant signing was Japanese pitcher Shota Imanaga, who inked a four-year, $53 million deal.
The contract includes an option for extension after the 2025 and 2026 seasons. Despite these changes, the buzz around the Cubs' offseason has been lukewarm. Rumors of acquiring big-name players did not materialize into game-changing signings.
As a result, Cubs fans may have to brace for another challenging season at Wrigley Field, reflecting the team's ongoing rebuild and quest to return to postseason glory.