Cubs Outline Plan To Host Fans At Reduced Capacity

"We think there's a path to do it," Crane Kenney says.

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July 24, 2020 - 8:59 am
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(670 The Score) The Cubs remain hopeful that they'll be allowed to welcome a limited capacity of fans into Wrigley Field for games amid the coronavirus pandemic later this season and have formulated a plan for doing so. 

The Cubs are exploring options to allow spectators into the ballpark around Sept. 1, president of baseball operations Crane Kenney told the Mully & Haugh Show on Friday morning. The plan would need approval from MLB as well as city government and health officials. 

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Groups of two, four and six fans would be allowed to sit in a socially distanced manner from other groups as part of the Cubs' plan. The Cubs would utilize technology to enforce a safe social distance.

The Cubs believe they could host between 6,000 and 7,000 fans.

"Absolute number one on the list is that it be safe and that we feel we can do it in a way that our fans, our staff and obviously the players would remain safe while we're doing it," Kenney said. "We think there's a path to do it."

Should the Cubs be allowed to move forward with a limited capacity of fans this season, their plan would include in-seat concessions to keep fans from forming lines. There would also be designated restrooms to use and assigned gates to enter and exit the ballpark.

As Opening Day arrived Friday, MLB is still prohibiting all ballparks from allowing fans to attend games.

That could change later in the season. If it doesn't, the Cubs understand they'll likely need to utilize this socially distanced plan in 2021.

"It's important for us for two reasons," Kenney said. "One is we'd love to treat our fans to some games live. The second reason is we're looking down the road at 2021, and we're not sure that life will be that different next year. Anything that we can do to give us a little bit of a glimpse to see how we can operate our stadium next year this year would give us obviously a whole year to plan for it. There's some learnings in there for us as well."

The Cubs host the Brewers in their opener at Wrigley Field on Friday. First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m. The game can be heard on 670 The Score, with pregame starting at 5:10 p.m.