How to Attend a Cubs Game

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The Chicago Cubs are one of the most popular teams in professional sports. Their fans are legion, vocal and loyal. They are also, arguably, the longest suffering fans in professional sports. The Cubs haven't won the World Series since 1908 and haven't even made it to the World Series since 1945. What the Cubs might lack in tangible success, however, is made up for by where they play. Attending a game a Wrigley Field is an art and, like an art, it requires a plan to execute.

Things You'll Need

  • Tickets
  • Cubs hat
  • Choose what game to attend very carefully. You might be tempted by a Friday or Saturday night game, but that is not the true Cubs experience. You need to attend a summer day game-a 3 p.m. start time would be ideal.

  • Take public transportation to the stadium. Talk to other Cubs fan riding on the 'L.' Get into a minor argument with a disgruntled Sox fan. Feel the tingle racing down your spine as Wrigley Field comes into view for the first time.

  • Arrive at the game a couple of hours early. This gives you the chance to have a couple of drinks at any of the many bars situated in the shadow of the stadium. Drink, talk to the people around you and convince yourself that this is the Cubs year.

  • Enter the stadium before the first pitch is thrown. A lot of people arrive late, but they miss the pleasure of watching the Wrigley Field, bathed in light, slowly fill up.

  • Sit in the bleachers. These are the most traditional seats in Wrigley Field. Take advantage of your opportunity to be a "Bleacher Bum." Drink beer, eat hot dogs or nachos. Enjoy the sight of the city in the distance as the Cubs race out to a big lead.

  • Stand up and sing 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame,' during the seventh inning stretch. It doesn't matter what kind of voice you have, sing at the top of your lungs. It's a key part of any Wrigley Field experience.

  • Try not to get too upset when the Cubs blow their lead. After all, it's the Cubs. That's what they do. If you get too upset, try heckling one of the outfielders. It doesn't matter which team he plays for.

  • Catch a home run ball-hit by the other team. Stand up and make a big deal out of the throwing the ball back onto the field. It's tradition.

  • Head back to the bar after the game to drown your sorrow with other Cubs fans. It might not be the Cubs' year after all, but Wrigley Field really did look beautiful in the sunshine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Leave your goat at home. No, it doesn't matter if it has a ticket or not.
  • The Cubs will try to rip your heart out. Be prepared.

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