Cubs to recognize Hall of Famers, celebrate full capacity opener

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Stars come out for Wrigley's full capacity opener originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

A star-studded cast will help the Cubs celebrate Wrigley Field’s first game with a full capacity crowd in nearly two years.

Friday’s series opener with the Cardinals marks the first time Wrigley will host fans at 100 percent capacity since Sept. 22, 2019.

In celebration of the big day, the Cubs will recognize Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson and Lee Smith pregame, with each Cubs legend throwing out ceremonial first pitches.

John Vincent will sing the national anthem, and actor and Cubs super fan Bill Murray will sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in the seventh inning.

Friday is part of a weekend-long celebration, dubbed “Opening Day 2.0,” with Wrigley’s return to full capacity.

Saturday, the Cubs will recognize Young Chicago Authors, part of a season-long initiative to honor nine local organizations and youth programs making an impact in their community.

Demetrius Amparan, YCA’s interim executive director, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday.

The Cubs also will welcome residents from all 77 of Chicago’s neighborhoods on the field on Saturday as they debut their new “City Connect” uniforms.

It promises to be a special weekend at the Friendly Confines.

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