Yesterday my family had first row seats in section 224 at Wrigley Field. Sounds like great seats, nobody in front of you to block your view. Think again.
There’s a busy walkway in front of the first row where people constantly walk. The first row seats are elevated, but not enough. The heads of the walking people over 5′ 5″ block the view of the field. Which is alright if the people keep moving. But there was an usher in front of us for section 123. He asked every person for their tickets before entering his section. So people stood there–blocking our view–to find their tickets.
Although it was humorous to see people who were trying to get into the section that didn’t have tickets. They would stand there for a couple seconds pretending to try to find their tickets, but then give up. At that point my brother and I would yell out, “busted!” and the guilty party would usually smile and walk away.
Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful to get these tickets (especially since they were value tickets), and front row is nice. But just a guide, at Wrigley Field if the front row has a busy walkway in front of it, you might want to opt for 2nd or 3rd row tickets.
yea, the other thing that kept happening was people would come up to the usher and ask them for directions to particular aisles. At least once an inning (through the 7th inning) people were asking for directions. It amazes me how stupid some people are. Call me a Wrigley snob or whatever you want, but i think the signs they have posted are pretty clear. It’s not a matter of being familiar with wrigley field. It’s just a matter of having half a brain and a pair of eyes.
I’ve sat there, too, right behind one of the ushers. Fortunately, when we’ve been in that situation, the people going back to their seats have caught on to the ticket-check policy pretty quickly and not stalled too much in the aisle. The best part about having front row seats is that if you need to leave (bathroom break, etc.), you can easily slip down under or over the rail w/o having to make other people in your row stand up and get out of your way. The crappiest part — to me, at least — was the fact that you have no cupholders. BTW, terrace box reserved seats are the BEST, infield or out. I’ve often considered getting seats closer to the field but decided against doing so because I’ve seen what that section gets like when the rain starts to fall hard. Eep.
the view of the field was super from those seats. and kudos to art (the ticket-checking usher) whenever someone stalled just to stop and watch. the heckles of “keep it moving” (uh yes from us) brought art to his feet to help move folks along.
i think his name was Walt, not Art
I’ve had similar seats at Fenway Pakh and the tickets were marked as ‘High Traffic Zone’. They were still $90/each.
are you sure it was walt? i think it was art.
oh yeah, it was Walt. I remember thinking he was like an usher for Walt Disney World cuz his name was Walt.
$90 for similar seats at Fenway?! I think ours cost something like $35-38 each.
$90 for this sort of tickets is a little too much, no matter how you put it …