Fan Experience: Wrigley Field Bleachers in April

Fan Experience: Wrigley Field Bleachers in April

View from Center Field Bleachers - Cubs vs. Diamondbacks April 6th, 2011

Spilled beer, fist fights, boisterous frat guys, and a terrible view of the game are just a few things I’ve heard about what it’s like to sit in the bleachers at Wrigley Field.

Crazily enough, none of that happened. During my visit to the Friendly Confines:

  • No one was doused with an alcoholic beverage
  • I could see the action surprisingly well (view above) while comfortably sitting with my feet up on the bench in front of me
  • I didn’t have to shout to my friends to discuss the folly in center field that caused my first ever glimpse of an inside-the-park home run (by the opposing team…oops, Byrd and Soriano)

In fact, there were a good number of young fathers with their toddlers and young kids around me. Don’t get me wrong, there were still a few annoyingly loud, drunk guys yelling for Kane or Rose to get out there and show them how it’s done. But overall, the experience and crowd were pleasant and not at all what I had come to expect from the stories I’ve heard over the years. Perhaps the lighter crowd so early in the season had something to do with this.

April Weather in the Bleachers at Wrigley Field

As far as weather goes, it was a high of about 55 degrees that day, and the first four innings were great. Then it slowly grew colder. The biggest piece of advice for April baseball in Chicago is to dress in layers. The sun comes out and you’re down to your T-shirt begging for a cold one, and then two innings later the wind changes, the sun hides behind clouds and you’re rushing to put that sweatshirt and winter coat on just to stay warm.

Overall the bleachers in April aren’t so bad especially for the price, which is often very low so early in the season. Remember that it is general admission, meaning that if you get there late, seats can be limited or nonexistent. There is a very likely possibility for cold or rainy weather, and the Cubs may lose (again as they did for me – I’ve been to 14 games at home and have yet to see a win) but honestly the sights, sounds, and smells are all worth it. If you’re a Cubs fan and usually wait until the summer to hit up your first game, I say a game at Wrigley Field in April is one heck of a way to spend a spring afternoon.

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