A combination of portable and fixed concessions and vendors will be available in the Budweiser Bleachers beginning May 11. The new Platform 14, an outdoor concession area located behind the historic scoreboard, is scheduled to open in early July. Platform 14 will offer expanded food preparation spaces and a larger variety of freshly prepared food items. When the Budweiser Bleacher expansion is completed, fans will enjoy shorter wait times with additional points of sale and a wider variety of food and beverage offerings.
The new Budweiser Bleachers also include new video boards and signage that feature a mix of game and player stats, video replays, historical Cubs footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with the team, as well as baseball content from around the league.
In addition to the expanded spaces and amenities, the Cubs and Budweiser have teamed up to present new Budweiser Bleacher Fridays on select dates throughout the 2015 season. Budweiser Bleacher Fridays will feature pre- or post-game entertainment, exclusive giveaway items, special food and beverages and more. This year's schedule is headlined by a post-game Extra Innings Show for all game attendees featuring Fitz & The Tantrums Friday, July 10. Budweiser Bleacher guests will receive an Extra Innings Concert Koozie. Other Budweiser Bleacher Friday themes include a Beach Bash (May 29), Country Day (June 12), Red, White and Brew (July 3), '90s Day (Aug. 21) and Singles and Doubles Day (Sept. 18).
"There's no experience quite like sitting in the Budweiser Bleachers for a Cubs game," said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney. "With new group spaces, wider concourses and expanded concession service, we are excited to open the Budweiser Bleachers for our next homestand and celebrate the relaunch of one of the most popular seats in sports with our legacy partner, Anheuser-Busch."
In addition to general admission seating in the Budweiser Bleachers, several new and enhanced spaces are available that provide a fun atmosphere, additional amenities and space for groups of various sizes.
Budweiser Bleacher Group Spaces:
Budweiser Patio: The Budweiser Patio offers standing room and reserved seating below the new video board in right field with all-inclusive food and beverage; perfect for large groups of 50-150 fans. Beginning this season, the Budweiser Patio will feature an expanded footprint and additional concessions options. The Budweiser Patio will open June 11.
Budweiser Bleacher Suite: The enclosed Budweiser Bleacher Suite offers a premier gameday experience for groups of 50-100 guests. Located in center field, guests in the Budweiser Bleacher Suite enjoy a food and beverage package and easy access to the Budweiser Bleachers; this is a great space for corporate gatherings or large group events. The Budweiser Bleacher Suite will open May 11.
Left Field Porch: This large group space offers a mix of standing room and bleacher seating options beneath the new left field video board for groups of up to 100 people. Featuring an all-inclusive beverage package, the Left Field Porch is a great space for corporate employee engagement events or large group gatherings. The Left Field Porch will open May 11.
Right Field Porch: Similar to the Left Field Porch, this large group space offers a mix of standing room and bleacher seating options for groups of up to 100 people. Featuring an all-inclusive beverage package, the Right Field Porch is a great space for corporate employee engagement events or large group gatherings. The Right Field Porch will be open to all Budweiser Bleacher guests on select dates this season. The Right Field Porch will open June 11.
Left Field Well: The new Left Field Well features space close to the action in the first two rows above the left field wall with designated standing room and limited seating for groups of 15 to 50 fans. The Left Field Well offers guests the best view in the bleachers to catch all the action on the field and is perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties and special events. The Left Field Well will open May 11.
"With new offerings to complement the bleacher experience fans already know and love, we are thrilled to open the enhanced Budweiser Bleachers and welcome back our fans in the coming weeks," added Vice President of Sales and Partnerships Colin Faulkner. "Guests can begin booking these new spaces today to ensure they are part of an exciting season of Cubs baseball."
Budweiser Bleacher tickets are available for sale now at www.cubs.com/bleachers, by phone at 1-800-THE-CUBS, or at the Wrigley Field Ticket Windows. Fans can find more information about each Budweiser Bleacher group space and directions for booking at www.cubs.com/bleachers.