By Parker Leavitt, azcentral.com
More than half of the Chicago Cubs spring-training home games had sold out as of Friday, just one week after the team opened ticket sales over the phone and online.
Tickets were unavailable for 11 out of 17 Cubs games at Sloan Park in Mesa, including the home opener against the Oakland Athletics on Feb. 25, two games against the 2016 World Series opponent Cleveland Indians and a Feb. 27 date against the cross-town rival Chicago White Sox, according to the team’s website.
Only lawn seats remain for three games — March 9 against the Seattle Mariners, March 14 against the Milwaukee Brewers and the March 29 finale against the Oakland Athletics.
Prices range from $12 for lawn general admission and $43 for box seats at the Angels game and reach as high as $37 for lawn seats and $75 for box seats for the March 24 match-up against the Indians, which is sold out.
Sold-out games will fetch higher prices on the secondary market, with lawn seats for the opening game starting at $40 and box seats behind the dugout asking $325 on StubHub.
Fans can purchase tickets online at cubs.com or at the Sloan Park box office, 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway in Mesa. Sales are limited to six tickets per game and a maximum of four games per order, according to the team.
The Cubs have repeatedly broken Cactus League attendance records, beating the single-game record twice last year. The team drew 15,446 fans on March 4, 2016, and then 15,523 people on March 20.
While the Cubs have already sold out 11 games this year, tickets to see the Valley’s own Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick are available for every game — except March 23 against the Chicago Cubs, which is, of course, sold out.
The full spring-training schedule and links to team websites for ticket sales are available at cactusleague.com.