03/04/10 12:35 PM EST
Cubs announce PNC Club of Chicago
New mezzanine suite to enhance fan experience at Wrigley
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
The 71-seat club is being introduced by PNC Bank, which will launch its brand in Chicago in June when signs and accounts change from National City Bank to PNC.
The club is located on the mezzanine level, down the third-base line behind the Cubs' bullpen and adjacent to the owners' suite. It offers individuals and businesses luxuries such as high-end catering, a full-service top-shelf bar, concierge service, large-screen TVs and indoor/outdoor seating for a truly all-inclusive gameday experience. Individuals and businesses that purchase season tickets also will have access to the club on non-game days.
Season tickets to the PNC Club of Chicago are available in sets of two, four and six tickets. Tickets can be renewed annually, and club season-ticket holders have an opportunity to purchase additional tickets for select Cubs games. Membership includes parking for every home game.
"We're excited to offer this larger, more open suite to businesses and entrepreneurs looking to entertain clients or prospects at a game," said Wally Hayward, the Cubs' executive vice president, chief sales and marketing officer. "PNC Club of Chicago members will have access to home games, additional events in the ballpark and even board meetings that utilize the facility. The ability to meet and network with other entrepreneurs throughout the season is appealing as well."
PNC is extending to a third year its sponsorship of the family-oriented "Road to Wrigley" game, featuring the Cubs' Minor League players and other Minor League teams. The bank also will expand its presence in Wrigley Field, with six PNC-branded ATMs, advertising behind home plate, and permanent signage for the PNC Club of Chicago.
In addition, the bank will be introducing its signature PNC Grow Up Great program, a 10-year, $100 million investment. The program supports early childhood education; community development banking initiatives to improve the quality of life in lower-income neighborhoods through affordable housing, economic revitalization, customized financial solutions and financial literacy programs; and a commitment to sustainable business practices. The latter includes operating more newly constructed U.S. Green Building Council-certified buildings than any other company.
"PNC continues to build on the relationships we have established as one of Chicagoland's leading banks, and what better way to demonstrate our hometown loyalty than to introduce the PNC Club of Chicago as an exciting new way for fans to enjoy watching one of the most nationally followed teams in sports," said Joseph Gregoire, president of Illinois Banking for National City, now a part of PNC.
"Our expanded partnership with the Cubs reflects our plans to grow throughout Chicagoland, build our brand and support our community."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.