SOUTH BEND — Fans who want a seat at the 2015 South Bend Cubs season opener on Thursday, April 9, will need to act quickly.

As of mid-day on Wednesday, March 12, there were only about 400 seats remaining of the 5,000 (fixed seats plus suites) at Four Winds Field.

Single-game ticket sales began Tuesday, March 11, and business was very steady.

The 2015 season marks South Bend's first as an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

The phone number for the ticket office is 574-235-9988.

South Bend Cubs chairman and owner Andrew T. Berlin announced Thursday that plans now call for Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein to throw out the first pitch on April 9 — Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is not available that day — with long-time Chicago public address announcer Wayne Messmer singing the National Anthem.

At a cost of about $700,000, the field is going back to grass from artificial turf. A new sound system has been installed as well as more outdoor suites.

"We believe in doing everything first class," said Berlin, who is now a minority owner with the Chicago Cubs. "That's how we expect to get a return on investment.

"We are selling memories."

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