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On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to attend a game in one of the Cubs Mezzanine Suite Luxury boxes. For those unfamiliar with Wrigley Field, the Mezzanine level is below the upper deck and consists of approximately 60 suites that are positioned from left field all the way around to right field.
This was my fourth time in a Cubs luxury box, the third time in a 'single.' (I've also had the opportunity to see a game from a 'double play' suite which is pretty much twice the size of a single suite... they also have a couch.)
For all of the Cubs Mezzanine suites, the luxury box space is divided into two areas: inside and outside. The inside of a single suite is approximately twelve by fourteen feet. There is a sign proclaiming the capacity of the room to be 18. I'm almost positive the capacity refers to the entire box, because the room is only big enough for about six people at once. Outside, there are 15 padded seats, all with good views of the playing field. (Tip: If possible, avoid sitting in the front row because the railing is smack-dab at eye level.)
Inside: The first thing I noticed was that the box has air conditioning/heat. This can be ultra-convenient in April, July, rain delays, and hopefully October. When you first enter the box, the food (assuming you opt for the food option) is ready for you. There is generally hot dogs, chicken, and a few other options. There were tamales in the warmer last week, and I think I've had Italian beef and hamburgers on previous visits. There is also a selection of nuts, chips,popcorn, fruits, and vegetables. The drink selections are pretty limited. There's a small refrigerator with beverages: Wine or champagne, Bud, Bud Light, Heineken, Amstel, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, and water. (Those were the choices on Tuesday. I know I had Old Style on my first visit in 2006.)
To help create a baseball atmosphere, the WGN radio broadcast is played over the suite speakers, and two televisions are tuned to Len Kasper and Bob Brenly on whatever medium they're announcing for the day. The artwork in the box consists of great photos of Cubs from yesteryear.
And finally, in case I missed anything, I've shot a minute of video showing everything in our luxury box.
Outside: Nothing too special. 15 seats arranged in three rows of 5. You're very close to the boxes on either side of you, but people seem to be pretty good about not prying into the other boxes.
For a few pictures of the view from a Cubs luxury box, here's a post with some of the pictures I took at the game. The only thing that the pictures don't really show is that the upper deck overshadows the mezzanine boxes, so high pop-ups can be obscured.
Here's the Cubs' page where I got this official information.
Located throughout the Mezzanine Suites presented by Nuveen, a 15 person suite is a great way to enjoy the excitement of the Chicago Cubs. Suites are available to rent on a game to game basis. Seating for your guests outdoors with comfortable space inside. Each suite is equipped with plasma televisions as well. Also included in the rental price are two VIP parking passes. Catering is separate and is available through Levy Restaurants.
Discount Dates: $2,300 - Regular Dates: $3,500 - Prime Dates: $4,200
On the whole, luxury boxes are great. You can choose to watch the game if you want, or you can chat with your friends/co-workers. The big draw back, of course, is the price. (Those prices don't include the cost of food or the dessert cart that comes around in the middle of the game.) So, if you have the scratch, I recommend it. However, if you're budget conscious, there might be better ways to entertain at the game. (Here's where I plug my Wrigley Field Rooftop Directory.)
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