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From the Wrigley Field Rooftop Club: Nationals at Cubs

24 August 2008 No Comment

For the first time in two months, I watched the Cubs game from the Wrigley Field Rooftop Club at 3617 N. Sheffield Ave. As usual, we had to go through Nicole’s 10 steps for rooftop access. However, since today was less crowded than usual we did not have to find seats as soon as we entered the building. If you ever have tickets for Wrigley’s rooftops follow these steps for the best rooftop experience:

1) Arrive early. Most rooftops open 30 minutes before the first pitch. Try to arrive 5-10 minutes before that so you are one of the first people on the rooftop. Remember this is probably a once in a lifetime experience so maximize your time.
2) Grab a drink from the first bar you find so you do not have to get up once finding seats.
3) Find seats immediately after getting your first drink.
4) Wait until the food lines disperse before eating. Remember food is served for all 9 innings so there is no rush to eat. Seats are the #1 priority.
5) Wait until they stop serving beer before getting ice cream. The Wrigley Field Rooftop Club stops serving beer at the end of the 7th inning. Spend the 8th and 9th inning eating dessert.

These four steps should increase your rooftop experience immensely. Most people seem to grab food as soon as they enter the building and sit at the picnic tables to eat. Once the game starts, most of the seats are taken and these patrons must stand for the rest of the game. Not a fun experience if you actually want to watch the game.

Milestones achieved during the game
1) Mark DeRosa became the first Cubs player to homer in four straight games since Fred McGriff did so in 2001. This was probably the first time I ever witnessed a player hitting a home run in four consecutive games.
2) Geovany Soto tied Randy Hundley for most home runs by a Cubs rookie catcher.
3) Rich Harden tied his career high with 11 strikeouts.

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