Chicago Cubs to host the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks August 31-September 6

Joe Maddon to host Respect 90 Foundation charity boxing event at Ravenswood Event Center September 2

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field to host series vs. the Cincinnati Reds August 31-September 2 and Arizona Diamondbacks September 4-6. Fans can enjoy events, new food offerings and entertainment throughout the homestand.

Following the game Wednesday, September 2, Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his wife Jaye will host Respect the Main Event at Ravenswood Event Center. The charity boxing event will feature several local youth boxers at various skill levels as well as a special main event bout. Guests will be able to sit ringside with Cubs players and enjoy cocktails, hand-rolled cigars and spirits tasting stations, dinner courtesy of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse and a premium auction including wine and unique sports memorabilia. A limited number of general admission tickets are available for $300 at www.Cubs.com/Maddon. A portion of the net proceeds will benefit Crushers Club's youth boxing program in Englewood. 

The popular #WeAreGood T-shirts will make a return appearance during the September 4 game. The Cubs Wives will offer the T-shirts in the main concourse by Gate F. The shirts, inspired by catcher Miguel Montero's popular Twitter hashtag, will be available for a $25 donation benefiting Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

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

Promotions:
On August 31, Cubs will celebrate Military Appreciation Night. Guests with designated Special Group Night Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets receive a Cubs Armed Forces Baseball Cap. Special Group Night tickets are available at www.cubs.com/specialevents.

The following night, September 1, is Healthcare Professionals Night. Guests with designated Special Group Night Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets receive a Cubs Scrub Top. 

On Saturday, September 5, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Fleece Blanket presented by Reynolds Wrap.

Kids Sundays continue September 6. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases post-game, weather permitting.

Guests and Entertainment:
On Monday, August 31, members of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women's National Team Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press will throw the first pitch and sing the 7th inning stretch.

On Wednesday, September 2, former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas will sing the stretch on the anniversary of his 1972 no-hitter against the Padres.

On Friday, September 4, John Hermann from the band Widespread Panic will throw a first pitch and comedian Jon Lovitz will lead the 7th inning stretch.

Cubs Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Saturday, September 5.

On Sunday, September 6, Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling will toss a first pitch and 
former Cubs broadcaster and current Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Bob Brenly will lead the stretch.

Let's Give Charitable Campaign: 
Fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Cubs Charities programming and give back to the community this homestand as part of this season's ongoing "Let's Give" campaign.

Starting September 1, Cubs Charities along with the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, the Jason Motte Foundation, Jon Lester's NVRQT campaign and Joe Maddon's Respect 90 Foundation will launch the #LetsGoGold initiative to raise funds for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month through September 19. Fans can visit www.CubsCharities.org to take part in the fight against cancer by making a donation to the respective nonprofits. The top fundraiser from each nonprofit listed above will receive two tickets and the opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch at the September 20 game. Cubs players and coaches will wear gold batting practice jerseys and hats before the team takes on division rival St. Louis Cardinals September 20. The jerseys and hats along with signed gold baseballs will be available for purchase through Cubs Authentics with proceeds benefiting player foundations.

Following the game Wednesday, September 2, Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his wife Jaye will host Respect the Main Event at Ravenswood Event Center. The charity boxing event will feature several local youth boxers at various skill levels as well as a special main event bout. Guests will be able to sit ringside with Cubs players and enjoy cocktails, hand-rolled cigars and spirits tasting stations, dinner courtesy of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse and a premium auction including wine and unique sports memorabilia. A limited number of general admission tickets are available for $300 at www.Cubs.com/Maddon. A portion of the net proceeds will benefit Crushers Club's youth boxing program in Englewood. 

On Thursday, September 3, Joe Maddon and his wife Jaye will be back in the community hosting "Spoxing for Charity," a one-day pop-up fitness event under the Wrigley Field Marquee. Spoxing is a group class, which uniquely combines spinning and boxing with a warm-up on stationary spin bikes followed by a heavy bag and boxing glove workout. Participants will partake in a 45-minute version of the class, offered during four different sessions, starting at 10 a.m. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Joe Maddon's Respect 90 Foundation. For more information, please visit www.Cubs.com/Popup.

On Friday, September 4, the Cubs Wives will offer #WeAreGood T-shirts in the main concourse by Gate F. The shirts, inspired by catcher Miguel Montero's popular Twitter hashtag, will be available for a $25 donation benefiting Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Later that day, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his "Respect Community" charity T-shirt initiative during his postgame press conference. Maddon will represent the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI), whose mission is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community. RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a "home away from home."

Food Specials:
The Decade Diner in the right field concourse will continue its rotating menu of homestand specials with a Chimichurri Steak Sandwich featuring marinated skirt steak, roasted garlic Chimichurri sauce and grilled onions on flattened torta bread. Guests also can order a Breaded Chicken Sandwich with Cholula featuring breaded chicken breast, honey ginger slaw and Cholula aioli on a toasted hoagie roll.

Platform 14, the outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the center field scoreboard, will continue serving three Hot Doug's sausages. This homestand will feature three new sausages including the "Gene Clines" a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with sweet & spicy mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese; the "Dick Tidrow" is a Jamaican jerk pork sausage with cumin dijonnaise, smoked gouda cheese and fried plantain chips; and the "Larry Gura" is a bacon sausage with avocado mayonnaise, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes.

Homestand Recap, August 31-September 6:
Monday, August 31 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Military Appreciation Night 
  • Designated ticket includes Cubs Armed Forces Baseball Cap
  • National Anthem: Cast of "October Sky"
  • First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Members of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women's National Team Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press 
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, September 1 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Healthcare Processionals Night
  • Designated ticket includes Cubs Scrub Top
  • National Anthem: Eirini Tornesaki from Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, September 2 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:20 p.m.

  • 7th inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Friday, September 4 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch: John Hermann from the band Widespread Panic
  • 7th inning stretch: Comedian Jon Lovitz
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLBN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, September 5 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotional Item: Fleece Blanket presented by Reynolds Wrap, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Cubs Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins 
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Sunday, September 6 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • Kids Run the Bases post-game, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under
  • First pitch: Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling
  • 7th inning stretch: Former Cubs broadcaster and current Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Bob Brenly
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com