Cubs will open rooftops for 2020 season

Cubs fan may be able to see this year’s Opening Day at Wrigley Field in person, except it will be across the street on rooftops. NBC Sports Chicago is reporting today that in a radio interview with Crane Keney, the team’s president clarified how the team hopes to work with local government officials and health experts to have a safe 2020 season. The rooftops will be implementing limited capacity and encourage social distancing.

“Even now with the mayor’s phasing of the city’s reopening, we would be allowed to open the rooftops,” Kenney said.

 “We’re fortunate to have some of the best medical professionals in our city helping us — both from Advocate and Northwestern — and I’ll give credit to the city and the city’s health department as well. And there was always a path to bring fans back into Wrigley, obviously a much smaller group that would normally attend games.”

There is some conflict on attending sports with new Illinois state with new COVID-19 regulations kicking in today with Governor JB Pritzker’s new plan allowing 20 percent capacity for live sports, but the city of Chicago will not yet allow stadiums to open.

 “And we’re working with the city, having great conversations with the mayor’s staff on this topic. We know our fans, if safe and if it can be done with the right precautions, would love to come back to the ballpark, and so we do see that happening this year.” said Kenney in the interview.

Kenney also noted that masks would have to be worn at the hypothetical games with limited capacity inside Wrigley.

ESPN posted this detail report today about the plans for the 60 game 2020 season and how the league is trying to get baseball back on the diamond this summer.