Review of SPG Moments Wrigley Field Suite Experience

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About a month or so ago I saw an option to redeem 7,500 Starwood Preferred Guest points for two luxury suite seats at a Cub’s home game at Wrigley Field. I value SPG points at greater than two cents per point value, but I value this experience even higher than that. It just so happened that the deal appeared as I was trying to plan something special for my husband’s birthday, so this became the cornerstone that we planned his birthday weekend around. Since I know that many of you also jumped on this deal, I wanted to share my experiences in the Starwood Preferred Guest Suite at Wrigley.

Pre-event Process:

I was contacted a couple of days after I purchased the tickets by a representative from the SPG Moments staff. I provided all the info they requested via email and then a few days after that I was sent the exact details for the event. Essentially we were to pick up our tickets at will-call the day of the game. We got there about an hour before the game started and were directed to one specific will-call window that could help us. They handed us our tickets and into the stadium we went. There were no hitches at all in this process.

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The Suite:

Not surprisingly, the suite is located on the suite level where there are dozens of different suites. This one is specifically a Starwood Preferred Guest suite, and is labeled such on the outside with a plaque.

On the inside are large photos of exotic SPG properties.ย  The suite has an indoor section where the food and drinks are located, plus an outdoor viewing area with 12 stadium seats. Inside the suite there are also four seats you can sit and watch the action from the temperature controlled indoors.

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It was fun to hang out inside a little to chat with folks (shockingly about travel, miles, and points!), but I preferred to spend much of the time outdoors seeing, hearing, and smelling the game. Yes, games have a smell. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do love the idea of having an indoor and outdoor sectioned off area available if we had brought our kiddo (as one couple there did) as it gives them more room to roam than a traditional stadium seat. As an aside, the others attending really were fun to talk to as they were all people who earn points and then redeemed for this purpose, so you automatically have something in common. Of course, if you don’t want to socialize then you can just sit in your seat and watch the game.

The view was slightly toward the first-base side of home plate. More or less, the view was as good as it gets for viewing the whole field.

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The food and drinks:

The menu for the suite consisted of the following:

Grilled Caprese Flatbread Squares (which were kind of bland)

Farmers Market Dips, Veggies, and Crostini (which was fine)

Bottomless Snack Attack Mix (yum)

Chicago Style Hot Dogs (perfect for a ballgame)

High Plains Bison Sausage Sampler (pretty good – loved the fixin’s)

Tuscan Flatbread Sandwiches (yuck)

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Grilled Caprese Flatbread Squares (which were kind of bland)

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Farmers Market Dips, Veggies, and Crostini

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Bottomless Snack Attack Mix and Tuscan Sandwiches

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High Plains Bison Sausage Sampler

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Chicago Style Hot Dogs

The drinks included: Heineken, Bud Light, a couple different wines, a local beer, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Water, and Sierra Mist.

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20130509-130543.jpgWhen the desert cart came around about half-way into the game there was a little confusion as there was no authorized person in the suite to order the cart.ย  Apparently there is usually an SPG rep in the suite, but we were told that person was at the Kentucky Derby the day we were there.ย  We called the number on some info we got from SPG to see if we were supposed to have access to the dessert cart.ย  One of the guys in the suite left that person a voicemail, but in the meantime I arranged to just pay for the dessert cart for the suite in honor of my husband’s birthday.ย  No one wanted to miss out, and I wasn’t about to let the cake pass us by!

Luckily for my wallet, the voicemail left was received and someone came by to let us know that the dessert cart was authorized, and SPG was picking up the bill!ย  Dessert “crisis” averted.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

20130509-130608.jpgIt was all super delicious.ย  I mean a shot in a Reese’s Cup and a ‘smores cake – does it get any better?!

20130509-130612.jpgWe left at the top of the 9th inning to beat the crowds and head to the airport, but we had an amazing time.ย  It was well worth the 7,500 SPG points and I’m excited to hear from more of you who got in on the same deal.ย  Most of the time the best deal is to use miles or points for travel, but sometimes it pays off to use them for experiences as well.ย  You can read more about the birthday weekend whirlwind experience here.ย  Go Cubs!

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Comments

  1. Do you know why the Cubs don’t have a WEB site? Because they don’t have enough “W’s” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. We’re there any chances of getting a foul ball or was there netting?

    I am looking forward to my game in the SPG suite in Aug.

  3. Great review! Thanks for doing this, I was curious if this was worth it. I may try it sometime if it is available again.

  4. A ‘local beer’? I assume you mean Old Style. That’s not just some ‘local’ beer, it’s the lifeblood of all Cubs fans.

  5. @ michael, the food and drink is free in the suites at any sporting event. You just help yourself. For The desert cart you are charged for what u take when i say you i mean the suite owner.

  6. I went to Wrigley this past weekend and sat in the rain and cold for the whole game. That looks a bit nicer.

  7. In my experience, the suites have the ability to be catered, depending on what the company is willing to pay for. The prices are usually in line with most “corporate” menus- ie Over The Top pricing as you are limited to the caterer on site.

    A good use of points in my opinion if you have never used a box before and don’t have the $42,000 it takes to rent one for a year ( at least for hockey in Vancouver)

  8. @Troy, food and drink isn’t always free in suites at sporting events. In some arenas, the suite owner can either choose to add a food/beverage package to their suite or they can choose to have attendees purchase on a use basis (buy bottles of wine/booze, beers in packs of 6, etc.).

  9. Sorry i shouldnt have said at any sporting event but at most sporting events. Probably about 90% of suites are owned by big companies and they usually have a food and beverage package for each game/event because they are typically intertaining clients or treating the employees.

  10. -The food and drinks were included, so no price other than the points you paid to get the suite in the first place.
    -There were 12 seats and 12 people in attendance in the suite.
    -It was Old Style, I just couldn’t remember the name (and I think there was only one in the fridge!).
    -We aren’t Cubs fans per say, but more sport fans who wanted to see a game at Wrigley.

  11. Troy,

    I assumed on a points buy like this, you had to pay for the food and couldn’t just empty everything — like a Royal Ambassador does to the minibar — but I could be wrong.

    Mommypoints?

  12. Go Cubs? Go where? I can understand you not wanting them around but I don’t think any other town would either. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Alright Amit and Mommypoints, I’m going to have to jump in here and say that “local beer” is Goose Island 312. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I say this not as a Cubs fans, but as a bit of a Chicagoland craft beer expert. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I should have been more beer observant – it was both types of local beer with one better stocked than the other.

  14. Thanks for the review – now I know what to expect when I do this in August! Hopefully they have more than just a few Goose Islands for that evening…

  15. Glad you enjoyed your time in my hood. I just won a day in one of Chicago Tribune’s suites. Wrigley is only a block from my house, but I still love going there.

  16. Hi,

    I went to the Cubs-Nats game on 5/11, using 2 5000 point “away game” packages. I did not know what sort of seats to anticipate, but suspected they would be pretty good.

    I was delighted – Row L, Section 117 – basically 11 rows behind the dead center of visiting team dugout. Face value of each seat was $90 so I am pleased with my acquisition.

  17. mommypoints,

    I was able to snag a re-scheduled Cubs / Brewers game at the end of July using points to get into the SPG suite. How many people were in the suite at the game that you attended? Did they keep stocking food / beverages during the game or what was there was what you got?

    Thanks

    • vms, I think there were 12 there and food did not get re-stocked, so eat up early! The dessert cart did come by about half-way into the game, as did the coffee cart.

  18. Thank you for the quick response. Looks like I will have to put in a request to have them stock up on additional Heineken and hot dogs! Thanks for the great trip summary.

    I picked up two “Take the Field” packages that we did in May and all of us had a great experience. We all got to go down on the field behind home base prior to the game, take photos of the D-Backs and Cubs, get autographs, etc. and then were seated down by the field until the starting line up was announced. Each child was given an official Cubs baseball hat, a ball, and were allowed to pick a position on the field where they wanted to stand during the player introductions. I had no idea that they actually got to go out on the field, but one of my kids got to go to third base and the other was in center field. During the starting lineup introductions, the players then ran out on the field slapping high fives as they passed the other kids, went to their respective position, autographed the baseball each child had, then chatted for a minute, and then the kids ran off to an area where they were met by a Cubs rep who took them to a meeting area inside the stadium where we picked them up. We then went our seats that were supplied with the package (Section 122 or 124), and sat for the rest of the game. Awesome experience and burn of SPG points!

  19. “Each child was given an official Cubs baseball hat, a ball, and were allowed to pick a position on the field where they wanted to stand during the player introductions.”

    That must have been traumatic for the kids! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Kidding.. I’m kidding.

  20. Just found this review, not sure how I missed it, because I usually check MP fairly regularly. Thanks for posting your review. I got in on this deal for the August 12 game and am very much looking forward to it! One of the best values for Starwood points I’ve every gotten. Go Cubs!

  21. Thanks for the review! We’re going to the SPG suite in September 2014. Question for you – the information provided said dress code was “business casual”. Is that the case?

    • Summer, it was normal baseball attire when we went. I think we had on jeans and some type of shirt, but for a warmer game I would not hesitate to wear a shirt and shorts personally. That said, it may be just perhaps one step above what you might wear in the outfield.

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