Press Release Chicago Cubs invite fans to practice batting and “play for opening day” at Wrigley Field on April 5

CHICAGO- To celebrate the official start of the 2022 regular season, the Chicago Cubs and Budweiser are inviting fans to Wrigley Field on Tuesday, April 5 to “play for opening day” where 50 lucky fans will have the opportunity to practice at the stick and target #HitTheBuds on the pitch which represent various prizes such as a pair of opening day tickets on Thursday April 7, access to a 15-person luxury suite for opening day, a Traeger Grill, a free Budweiser at every Cubs home game for the 2022 regular season and beyond. A fan will also have the opportunity to win $1 million for hitting a ball that hits the Budweiser sign above the video sign in right field.

Fans interested in participating should visit Gallagher Way on Tuesday, April 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. CDT to receive a raffle ticket. From fans who receive a raffle ticket, 50 lucky fans will be randomly selected to participate in the “Play for Opening Day” batting practice event between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, April 5. Each fan selected to participate will receive three attempts to hit a target on the field to win prizes. Fans must be 21 or older to participate and must be present to win the opportunity.

World Series champion Miguel Montero will be on hand during the “Play for Opening Day” batting practice event, cheering on fans as they #HitTheBuds.

The full list of prizes fans can potentially win includes:

All fans who receive a raffle ticket, even if not selected to participate, will receive a prize for their participation and all fans who complete a goal will receive a pair of opening day tickets on Thursday 7 April against the Milwaukee Brewers. In the event of rain, the “Play for Opening Day” batting practice fan event will be held in a limited format with modified prizes.

For more information on the ‘Play for Opening Day’ batting practice fan event at Wrigley Field and to view the official rules, please visit

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The registration period for the “Play for Opening Day” promotion (“Promotion”) begins at 9:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time (“CDT”) on April 5, 2022 and ends at 10:00 a.m. CDT on April 5, 2022. April 2022. Open to legal residents of the United States, including its commonwealths, territories, and possessions, excluding Florida, New York, and Rhode Island, and Canada (excluding the province of Quebec ) aged twenty-one (21) or older at the time of the Promotion. Current or former professional baseball or softball players or coaches, current baseball or softball coaches and current college or high school baseball or softball players or coaches, members of the media, employees or family members Sponsor and any businesses associated with the Promotion are not eligible to participate in the Promotion or win any prize. TRAVEL NOT INCLUDED. Fifty (50) entrants will be randomly selected for the opportunity to receive three (3) throws to hit a designated target. The odds of being selected to participate depend on the number of eligible entries received. Enter in person only. Limit of one (1) entry per person. Void where prohibited. Restrictions apply; see official rules at Sponsored by the Chicago Cubs.

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