We’re getting closer and closer to some kind of official announcement, I expect.
But for now, this will have to do: the first report that indicates there is a plan to allow some volume of fans at Wrigley Field on Opening Day:
Sources with the City of Chicago have confirmed to me that the plan is for some fans to be allowed at both Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate starting with Opening Day. #Progress pic.twitter.com/5Go1nCvBTD
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) February 27, 2021
Like we said earlier this week, the road block to fans as soon as Opening Day was always going to be the City of Chicago, as opposed to the State of Illinois or MLB or the Cubs. So if the source is a City source, and that source is saying the *plan* is to have fans on Opening Day, then we know that stuff is already being worked on in advance of an official approval (likely monitoring trends for just a little bit longer).
There will be pod seating and very limited capacity and masking requirements, and being outdoors at social distances make attendance a relatively safe activity, especially as cases trend down and vaccinations trend up. I have no doubt the Cubs will be able to fill as much as they’re allowed, as fans will be itchy to get back to live, regular season baseball for the first time in 18 months. The players, too, will probably greatly appreciate seeing and hearing the fans back. Do this right and safely, and it could be a very, very good thing for all involved.
Increasingly, it’s looking like I’m gonna have to figure out how to get myself a ticket …