The new numbering system will utilize sections instead of “aisles,” and will lead to some big changes to the numbers that will appear on the tickets in the future.
“Transitioning to a conventional ‘Section/Row/Seat’ configuration, common in most sports venues, will help alleviate confusion created by our current ‘Aisle/Row/Seat’ configuration while renumbering our upper level sections will more accurately reflect the amazing view and value of these seats,” the Cubs said in a statement.
The new system, which will take effect on Opening Day, will re-number upper deck tickets as the 300 and 400 levels of the ballpark instead of the 400 and 500 levels. The Budweiser Bleachers, which will remain general admission seating during the regular season and assigned seating during the postseason, will now be the 500 section of the ballpark.
The Cubs have also added letters to seats in the upper deck to let fans know which staircases and ramps they will need to use to get to their seats. Tickets for the left field side of the ballpark will have “L” designations on tickets, and tickets in right field will have an “R.”
The new seating map for the ballpark is available on the Cubs’ website, and season ticket holders can enter in their aisle, row, and seat numbers to see what their new section number will be on the reconfigured map.
The team says that the new section map is more in line with what other ballparks use. The team also emphasizes that season ticket holders’ seats will remain in the same physical location, but will just have a different number for the upcoming year.
The re-numbering of seats is part of the ongoing 1060 Project, which will also feature an upgraded visiting team clubhouse and several new clubs for fans to visit in the upcoming season.