After 108 long years, the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series in 2016. Aside from their 103-58 winning season, they also had close to record attendance. In 2016, the Cubs had 3,232,420 people attend their home games, making it the third best year in Chicago Cubs history, behind only the 2007 (3,252,462) and 2008 (3,300,200) teams. In a single season, the Cubs have had an attendance of over 3 million only nine times.
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2008 was the last time the Cubs won a National League Central title, after winning one previously in 2007.
2014 marked the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, and promotions and renovations to the field contributed to the rise in attendance after 2014.
Fan participation for the Cubs overall has had a major increase due to their 2016 World Series Championship title. In fact, the Cubs World Series celebration ranked as the 7th largest gathering in human history. Officials estimated that over 5 million people were in attendance at Grant Park. As of now, the celebration is the largest human gathering in United States history.
In December of 2016, the Cubs announced that ticket prices will rise 19.5 percent in 2017. The increases will differ depending on the location of the seats, with a 6 percent increase for upper-deck reserved seats and a 31 percent increase for infield club box seats.
According to Colin Faulkner, the senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Cubs, the price increase is due to the unprecedented demand created by the 2016 World Series winning season. The price of success may end up being too high, and it will be interesting to see if the Cubs can continue boosting attendance for the upcoming 2017 season with the ticket price increase.