UPDATE: The below story was written on May 17. As of June 11, Wrigley Field seating capacity is 100% capacity. Revised Cubs mask rules are in place as well.
Illinois entered its “Bridge Phase” on Friday, which gives Chicago baseball teams the green light to welcome back fans at 60% capacity.
Previously, Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field hosted fans at just 25% capacity. But starting on May 28 against the Reds, the Cubs will be able to bump that number up to 60%.
Wrigley Field holds 41,649 people at full capacity. So at 60%, approximately 25,000 fans will be allowed through the gates for each game.
The 60% capacity at Wrigley Field may be short-lived, as Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney says he’s hopeful for full capacity at Wrigley by July.
While that’s all good news for Cubs fans, there will still be COVID-19 protocols that people will need to follow at the games. Here are some of the main rules.
Does Wrigley Field require masks?
It depends. The Cubs’ official website states that masks are no longer required for Wrigley Field staff and guests who are fully vaccinated. Cubs mask rules are still in place if you haven’t received the complete COVID-19 vaccine series and are not two weeks post-inoculation.
The Cubs instruct fans to keep on their masks at all times, with one notable exception: while eating or drinking.
Wrigley Field is also issuing disposable masks to fans who need one. Hand sanitizer is also available throughout the ballpark.
Free concessions for those who get vaccinated at Wrigley
Wrigley Field is a mass COVID-19 vaccination site. The shots are being administered outside of the ballpark at Gallagher Way. You can sign up for an appointment, and there is plenty of availability.
And for the Cubs’ upcoming series against the Nationals, fans who get vaccinated will receive a voucher for a free hot dog and soda inside the park. We don’t know how long this perk will last, but we at least know it will be in effect for the series against Washington.
There will be a fully vaccinated area in the Budweiser Bleachers this week.
To sit here, you must present proof of your COVID-19 vaccination. The section will be sold at full capacity, without social distancing. Single-game tickets are $20, plus taxes. As of this writing, there were limited tickets available online.
Wrigley Field is now cashless
The cashless payment system is a new feature at Wrigley as of 2021. To purchase concessions or raffle tickets, you must use a credit card, debit card or mobile wallet.
Reverse ATMs are also available throughout the park, which allows you to convert cash to a card that you can use for purchases at Wrigley Field.
As such, the Cubs website encourages you to order concessions using the MLB Ballpark app on your phone. The policy reads:
“New this year, mobile ordering is the primary way to order from concession stands and vendors to your seat. Purchases can be made through the MLB Ballpark app or online via a scanned QR code. In-seat vending is available, but all transactions are cashless.”
Cubs COVID protocols and social distancing
Although it will be more difficult to distance at 60% capacity rather than at 25%, Wrigley Field will still do its best to give fans their space.
The Cubs are selling tickets in pods. Obviously, there won’t be as much physical distancing with the increased capacity.
But when possible, Wrigley will try to promote distancing.
How to bet on the Cubs in Illinois
Eventually, there will be a retail DraftKings Sportsbook at Wrigley Field. But that is not open yet.
But those who already have online sportsbook accounts are good to go. There are six mobile sportsbooks in Illinois, and all offer baseball lines:
- William Hill