Wrigley Field Tickets Show Where Cubs Fans Come From

Adam Young | March 28, 2017
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After winning their first World Series in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs are as popular as ever. Their national appeal is proven by Game 7 of the World Series drawing the most TV viewers of any World Series game in the last 25 years. Much of that is no doubt due to the Chicagoland area, but you don't draw 40 million viewers because you're popular in one city. So we thought we'd study Wrigley Field ticket sales data to find the cities outside Chicago where the defending champions are most popular.

We split our look between two categories: Part one is a look at other cities with a major league team. Part two, which we'll publish later this week, looks at non-MLB cities.

Cubs tickets from other MLB cities


Being the largest metro areas in the country helps New York and Los Angeles top the list. But they also each have two big league teams, which leads to more baseball fans. Los Angeles got a boost from the Angels playing an interleague series in Wrigley last year and the budding rivalry between the Cubs and Dodgers.

The Cubs' ongoing rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals means legions of red bird fans are making the trip to Wrigley Field every season, putting St. Louis in third. Minneapolis ranks fourth, thanks in large part to Chicago being a popular weekend vacation destination for Minnesotans.

Another NL Central rival city ranks fifth: Cincinnati. It's followed by the two Texas MLB markets of Dallas and Houston, then Phoenix, nearby Milwaukee and Kansas City. San Francisco juuuuust missed out on making the top 10 list, coming up 2 percent short of the number of Royals fans heading to Chicago.

What can we take from the top 10 list?

  • Rivalries with St. Louis and Cincinnati help draw Cubs, Cardinals and Reds fans from those cities to Wrigley Field.

  • Cubs fans in Minnesota, Milwaukee and Kansas City see a trip to Wrigley as a great weekend destination.

  • Interleague play propelled fans to visit from Dallas and Los Angeles, as did the Dodgers and Cubs dueling in October. (In fact, this year the Cubs open Wrigley Field against the Dodgers.)


 

Cubs 2017 home schedule


The Cubs 2017 home schedule could make this year’s list look much different. Expect Tampa Bay to make a push as the Rays visit Wrigley for a July 4 interleague series. Fans from north of the border may also flock to Chicago when the Toronto Blue Jays make their first visit since 2005. With just one Dodgers series at Wrigley Field and no Angels visit, LA’s spot at number two is a tenuous one.

For a complete look at the 2017 Chicago Cubs schedule, including every home and road game, visit our special Chicago Cubs ticket page. You can also find tickets and schedules for every Major League Baseball team in the MLB section of Event Tickets Center.

Check back later this week as we reveal some surprising results showing what cities have adopted the Cubs as their hometown team.
Thu
Jul 19, 2018
6:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Fri
Jul 20, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jul 21, 2018
12:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Sat
Jul 21, 2018
6:15 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Sun
Jul 22, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Mon
Jul 23, 2018
7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Tue
Jul 24, 2018
7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Wed
Jul 25, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Thu
Jul 26, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Fri
Jul 27, 2018
7:15 PM
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, MO
Sat
Jul 28, 2018
3:05 PM
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, MO
Sun
Jul 29, 2018
7:05 PM
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, MO
Tue
Jul 31, 2018
7:05 PM
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
Wed
Aug 1, 2018
7:05 PM
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
Thu
Aug 2, 2018
7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Fri
Aug 3, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Sat
Aug 4, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Sun
Aug 5, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Mon
Aug 6, 2018
7:15 PM
Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago Cubs
Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, MO
Tue
Aug 7, 2018
7:15 PM
Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago Cubs
Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, MO
Wed
Aug 8, 2018
7:15 PM
Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago Cubs
Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, MO
Fri
Aug 10, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Sat
Aug 11, 2018
3:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Sun
Aug 12, 2018
TBD
Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Tue
Aug 14, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Wed
Aug 15, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Thu
Aug 16, 2018
7:05 PM
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
Fri
Aug 17, 2018
7:05 PM
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
Sat
Aug 18, 2018
7:05 PM
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
Sun
Aug 19, 2018
1:35 PM
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
Tue
Aug 21, 2018
7:10 PM
Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago Cubs
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
Wed
Aug 22, 2018
7:10 PM
Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago Cubs
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
Thu
Aug 23, 2018
7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Fri
Aug 24, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Sat
Aug 25, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Sun
Aug 26, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Mon
Aug 27, 2018
7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Tue
Aug 28, 2018
7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Wed
Aug 29, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Thu
Aug 30, 2018
7:35 PM
Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs
SunTrust Park
Atlanta, GA
Fri
Aug 31, 2018
7:05 PM
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, PA
Sat
Sep 1, 2018
7:05 PM
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, PA
Sun
Sep 2, 2018
1:35 PM
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, PA
Mon
Sep 3, 2018
1:10 PM
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs
Miller Park
Milwaukee, WI
Tue
Sep 4, 2018
7:10 PM
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs
Miller Park
Milwaukee, WI
Wed
Sep 5, 2018
7:10 PM
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs
Miller Park
Milwaukee, WI
Thu
Sep 6, 2018
7:05 PM
Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
Fri
Sep 7, 2018
7:05 PM
Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
Sat
Sep 8, 2018
7:05 PM
Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
Sun
Sep 9, 2018
1:35 PM
Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
Mon
Sep 10, 2018
7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Tue
Sep 11, 2018
7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Wed
Sep 12, 2018
7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Fri
Sep 14, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Sat
Sep 15, 2018
3:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Sun
Sep 16, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Mon
Sep 17, 2018
6:40 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs
Chase Field
Phoenix, AZ
Tue
Sep 18, 2018
6:40 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs
Chase Field
Phoenix, AZ
Wed
Sep 19, 2018
6:40 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs
Chase Field
Phoenix, AZ
Fri
Sep 21, 2018
3:10 PM
Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs
Guaranteed Rate Field
Chicago, IL
Sat
Sep 22, 2018
6:10 PM
Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs
Guaranteed Rate Field
Chicago, IL
Sun
Sep 23, 2018
1:10 PM
Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs
Guaranteed Rate Field
Chicago, IL
Mon
Sep 24, 2018
7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Tue
Sep 25, 2018
7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Wed
Sep 26, 2018
7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Thu
Sep 27, 2018
7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Fri
Sep 28, 2018
1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Sat
Sep 29, 2018
TBD
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
Sun
Sep 30, 2018
2:20 PM
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
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