Cubs anticipate Wrigley capacity increase for first homestand originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Cubs anticipate an increase in fan capacity for their first homestand following Mayor Lori Lightfoot loosening Chicago's COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor venues.
The Cubs previously were approved to host fans at 20 percent capacity to open the season, meaning a little over 8,000 spectators at Wrigley Field. However, Lightfoot said Thursday that outdoor venues with capacity greater or equal to 200 can now operate at 25 percent capacity.
That means the Cubs will be able to sell about 2,000 more tickets for their first homestand (April 1-7), meaning capacity around 10,000 fans (about 25%).
The Cubs and White Sox previously presented a joint plan to the city of Chicago and state of Illinois to host fans at 30% capacity on Opening Day, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers. Although this update is under that figure, it's in line with other teams in the NL Central.
The Brewers will host fans at 25% capacity to open the season. The Cardinals have been approved for 32%.
WSCR's Bruce Levine first reported the news.
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