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If you're on the Cubs Season Ticket waitlist, you probably received an email this morning from the Cubs with good news. According to the email, the Cubs offered 2,600 new season tickets this year, so we can expect our waitlist numbers to decrease by that many. Additionally, the email indicated our wait list number would be updated soon.
If you're a super-diligent reader of this blog, you may recall that I periodically update readers on my season ticket waiting list progress. (e.g. Here.)
Well, here's another update. If you're a season ticket holder, please feel free to add your info in the comments.
Date I joined the Cubs Season Ticket Waitlist: October 3, 2006. I believe my initial position was 15,029.
As of February 13, 2007, I was still 15,029.
As of June 12, 2008, I was #14,964 (+65 spots)
As of July 1, 2009 I was still #14,964
And today, April 1, 2010, I was #14,857 (+107 spots)
In total, I've moved up 172 spots in 4 offseasons, so it looks like the Cubs' non-renewal rate is about 43 season tickets/year. If you take a one-time 2,600 jump, I'd be at 12,257. At the current non-renewal rate, my lucky number should come up in 285 years.
Now, I'm no statistics whiz, but the odds of me living another 285 years are a little bit less than the Cubs chances of winning a World Series in the next 285 years.
What number are you on the list, do you think you'll ever get to have Cubs season tickets?
UPDATE: February 1, 2012
On October 21, 2011 - the Cubs emailed everyone on the list with their new waitlist spot. I had moved up to 10,449. If they offered 2,600 new seats, that means that I had moved up 1,758 spots due to cancellations/passes.
I checked again today (Feb 1, 2012) prompted by an email asking me to update my contact information - which was at least five years out of date - can't wait to start getting junk mail from the Cubs - maybe I'll get Darwin Barney to sign it. Anyhow, I'm now at 7,449 - so it sounds like I moved up another 3,000 spots.
If recent history is any suggestion, I'll get a chance to buy some season tickets probably by the end of the decade - but I suspect Theo Epstein will put a winner on the field before I get a chance to get non-bleacher season tickets.
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