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Shaded Seats at Wrigley Field

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Wrigley Field, nestled in the Wrigleyville neighborhood, serves as the historic home of the Chicago Cubs. It offers baseball fans an unparalleled blend of nostalgic charm and an exciting game-day experience. Chicago’s summers are warm and humid, and the Cubs are the only MLB team that plays the majority of their games early in the day. Fans planning to visit Wrigley can use this guide in conjunction with the stadium’s seating chart to identify the best shaded seats at Wrigley Field.

Where are the shaded seats at Wrigley Field?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Wrigley Field are located:

  • Terrace Level: Lower-level seats shaded by the level above
  • 3rd Base Line: Receives shade in the late afternoon and evening
  • Upper Reserved: 400-level seats under the roof are shaded

For the 2024 season, more than half of Cubs home games are scheduled for 1:20 p.m.. Evening games are scheduled for either 6:40 p.m., or 7:05 p.m. For specific details about shaded sections at different start times, please continue reading.

Wrigley Field Orientation to the Sun

Wrigley Field is oriented to the northeast. Each morning, the sun rises over the center field wall, sweeps around home plate by mid-day, and sets in the evening behind the 3rd base line, near the left-field corner. Throughout the day, extensive sections of the ballpark are bathed in direct sunlight.

Wrigley Field boasts an old-fashioned jewel box design. Just like at historic Fenway Park, this design benefits shade seekers by placing a significant number of seats away from the field and under cover. However, this also means that some of these shaded seats may have views obstructed by columns or support beams. While it’s advantageous to choose a shaded seat, be mindful of potential obstructions!

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

Where to Buy Tickets

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Seats in the Shade at Cubs Afternoon Games

At the start of a 1:20 p.m. game at Wrigley Field, the sun is almost directly above home plate. Shade is easier to find at Wrigley than at many other ballparks, thanks to the large number of seats under direct cover. Terrace-level seats (200-level on the seating chart) benefit from being directly under the upper deck, while upper reserved seats (400-level on the seating chart) are directly beneath the stadium roof.

In the early innings of a day game, both baselines have approximately the same number of seats in sun and shade. However, as the afternoon wears on, the sun shifts to favor the 3rd base side, making it the “shade side,” while the 1st base side becomes the “sunny side.” Shade seekers should, therefore, favor the 3rd base line, all other factors being equal.

The outfield bleachers (500-level on the seating chart) are the sunniest, receiving no shade during a day game. Seats in the right field corner, specifically sections 29-32, 129-134, and 327-331, face a challenging position as the sun shifts and shines directly into fans’ eyes.

Shadows on the stands at Chicago Cubs Stadium

During a Cubs day game, shade is available in the terrace level back from the field. The 3rd base side offers more shaded rows than the 1st base side.
Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Cubs Evening Games

Even during the longest days of the Chicago summer, the sun typically sets by 8:30 p.m. However, there is at least an hour of sunlight following a 6:40 p.m. or 7:05 p.m. start. For evening games, the 3rd base side of the park is the best option for shade seekers. Much of the 1st base side, with the exception of the terrace level, is exposed to the sun until sunset. Similarly, the center field and right field bleachers should be avoided by those seeking shade, as they will remain sunny until the sun sets.

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