Wrigley Field's Budweiser Bleachers to open as the Chicago Cubs host the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates May 11-17

Cubs Charities and Advocate Health Care to "Pink Out" the Budweiser Bleachers May 11 on the first home game after Mother's Day

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs return home to host the New York Mets May 11-14 and the Pittsburgh Pirates May 15-17, while many Cubs fans will make their return to the Budweiser Bleachers for the first time during the 2015 season. The bleachers in left and center field open for occupancy May 11, marking the opening phase of an overall bleacher expansion that includes new group spaces, improved concessions and additional room for fans to socialize and watch the game.

The homestand opener coincides with Cubs Charities' "Pink Out" presented by Advocate Health Care on the first Cubs home game following Mother's Day. Each guest in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive a "Pink Out" T-shirt to promote breast cancer prevention awareness while celebrating moms and women everywhere who are survivors. Fans who aren't sitting in the bleachers but would still like to participate may visit Gate F, where wives of Cubs players and coaches will accept donations in exchange for a "Pink Out" shirt. These donations will help provide mammograms for under/uninsured women through Cubs Charities and Advocate Charitable Foundation.

In support of the event, Cubs players will wear pink batting practice jerseys that will later be available by auction through Cubs Authentics, with proceeds also funding mammograms for under/uninsured women. The bases used on the field-also available through Cubs Authentics-will feature commemorative #PinkOut base jewels, and guests are encouraged to share pictures from the evening using the hashtag to promote breast cancer prevention awareness.

Ginny Cooper, a 10-year survivor, will serve as MLB's Honorary Bat Girl and deliver the game's lineup card after being selected based on her story about "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer." She will be joined by other breast cancer survivors and volunteers who will throw the game's ceremonial first pitch, sing the National Anthem and lead the seventh inning stretch. Overall, Advocate will bring more than 50 survivors to enjoy the game in the stands.

Fans throughout the ballpark are encouraged to participate by wearing their favorite pink items. The Cubs Store, located across from Wrigley Field at the corner of Clark and Addison streets, will display a "Pink Out" section with pink Cubs merchandise and a 10 percent discount on engraved pink bats.

In addition to Monday's "Pink Out," Cubs Charities will continue this year's "Let's Give" campaign by supporting the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation's Third Annual Cook-Off for Cancer, May 14. The Cook-Off will feature upscale versions of ballpark food prepared by notable Chicago chefs and served by Cubs players at Revel Downtown. Guests will vote for their favorite chefs and dishes by tipping their Cubs server. Tips and event net proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research as well as provide support to children and their families battling the disease. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/cook.

On Friday, May 15, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his "Respect Community" charity T-shirt initiative by representing Cubs Rookie League Baseball during his post-game press conference.

Tickets remain available for the upcoming homestand at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Promotions:

The homestand will begin May 11 with all fans in the Budweiser Bleachers receiving a Cubs Charities "Pink Out" T-shirt presented by Advocate Health Care. On Saturday, May 16, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Cubs Reusable Tote Bag presented by MLB Network. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases post-game Sunday, May 17.

Guests and Entertainment:

Breast cancer survivors will throw ceremonial first pitches and perform the 7th inning stretch Monday, May 11, as part of the Cubs Charities "Pink Out' presented by Advocate Health Care. Ginny Cooper, a 10-year survivor, will serve as MLB's Honorary Bat Girl for the day.

WNBA Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley will throw a ceremonial first pitch Tuesday, May 12. She'll be followed the next day by a ceremonial first pitch from Chicago Bears defensive end David Bass.

DePaul Men's Basketball Coach Dave Leitao will lead the 7th inning stretch Thursday, May 14, followed by UIC Men's Basketball Coach Steve McClain Friday, May 15.

Former Cubs infielder Bill Madlock will sing the stretch Saturday, May 16.

Food Specials:

This homestand, the Decade Diner located in the right field concourse will serve a Turkey Club Sandwich-a triple decker with toasted bread, sliced turkey, bacon, sliced tomatoes, crisp lettuce and mayo-as well as the Reuben Sandwich with warm pastrami, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and Louie dressing on toasted marble rye bread.

Homestand Recap, May 11-17:

Monday, May 11 vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Charities "Pink Out" T-shirt presented by Advocate Health Care, all Budweiser Bleacher fans
  • First pitches and 7th inning stretch: Breast cancer survivors
  • MLB Honorary Bat Girl: Ginny Cooper, 10-year breast cancer survivor
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, May 12 vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: WNBA Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley
  • Broadcast: CSN+, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, May 13 vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Chicago Bears defensive end David Bass
  • Broadcast: WGN, ESPN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Thursday, May 14 vs. New York Mets, 1:20 p.m.

  • 7th inning stretch: DePaul Men's Basketball Coach Dave Leitao
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com
  • Post-game: Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation's Third Annual Cook-Off for Cancer

Friday, May 15 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch and 7th inning stretch: UIC Men's Basketball Coach Steve McClain
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Saturday, May 16 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Reusable Tote Bag presented by MLB Network, first 20,000 fans
  • 7th inning stretch: Former Cubs infielder Bill Madlock
  • Broadcast: WLS-TV, FS1, WBBM 780-AM, ESPN Radio, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 17 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • Broadcast: WGN, MLBN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Kids Run the Bases post-game, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under