We are returning to the million dollar question – or rather, to the many millions of dollars. Will fans return to Wrigley Field in 2021?
“We’re on the right track,” said Crane Kenney, President of Business Operations at Cubs, on Friday on 670 The Score. “We’re going to start in Arizona and take it day by day.”
The Cubs have permission to fill Sloan Park 25 percent during spring training, Kenney confirmed. Tickets should go on sale next week. Back in Chicago, the club has started similar discussions with local representatives for the regular season. Kenney said the team works closely with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office and the state.
Last week, Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner for the Chicago Department of Public Health, said fans returning to sporting events in Chicago are “realistically months away”.
However, the Cubs’ schedule is preparing for the possibility. Last season the Cubs played mostly evening games to avoid travel issues and to address health and safety concerns. But this year 47 of their 81 home games are scheduled for 1:20 p.m.
“It’s an optimistic nod to getting the fans back to the ballpark,” Kenney said on The Score. “And day baseball at Wrigley Field is a tradition. We appreciate that. “
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