The two Major League Baseball teams in Chicago are set to hear a roar, albeit a light roar, from the crowd on Opening Day, as some fans will be allowed to attend the opener at Guaranteed Rate Field and Wrigley Field.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday that the city will allow 8,122 fans at Guaranteed Rate Field for the White Sox, while 8,274 fans will be allowed at Wrigley Field for each Cubs game.
“As a die-hard sports fan myself, I’m personally excited to have Chicago take its first, cautious steps toward safely reopening our beloved baseball stadiums to fans this season,” Lightfoot said in a statement.
“We are proud of the important and historic role baseball plays in our country, offering respite during some of the most difficult times or in providing fans with a sense of comfort when circumstances seemed uncertain,” Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the White Sox, said in a statement.
One safety precaution that will be on hand is that there must be six feet between parties in the stands.
Folks, we've significantly slowed the spread of COVID, getting our positivity rate down to 2.8%. And now, we can begin to safely welcome fans back to our baseball stands on opening day. Although we’re reopening, masking is still of utmost importance. 😷⚾ pic.twitter.com/pkGnMDkSUc
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) March 8, 2021
“The return of fans is incredibly meaningful to our players, our city and the game we all love,” Cubs executive chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement.
“Nothing can replace the energy and enthusiasm our beloved fans bring to the Friendly Confines each and every game. We’re ready and excited for our much-anticipated Wrigley Field reunion.”
Right now, indoor spectator sports are not permitted at this time under the state’s reopening plan.