Major League Baseball has told teams to expect to start on time this year. Whether that happens or not is still an open question, but late Friday the Cubs sent an email to Sloan Park season-ticket holders about plans regarding seating for this year’s games.
In part, the email reads:
As part of updated guidance from MLB and in coordination with requirements and guidelines, we are shifting to limited, socially distanced pod-style seating for Spring Training games at Sloan Park in 2021. This seating method has been used by other venues and implemented by MLB during the 2020 World Series. Please note our capacity and ticket offerings may change, depending on health factors and protocols.
In order to accommodate this shift, we are unable to offer Spring Training Season Ticket Holders their season ticket seat locations for the 2021 season. However, we will provide our valued Spring Training Season Ticket Holders with priority access to purchase single game tickets before the general public.
The email has an attached form where Sloan Park STH can apply for either a refund or credit for the 2021 payment. It’s due by next Wednesday, January 27. The team says with no response, a credit will automatically be issued.
If you select credit, we will apply a credit equal to the total payment made for your 2021 season tickets to your account. Credit can be applied toward the cost of 2021 single game tickets at Sloan Park or your 2022 Spring Training season ticket balance, if applicable.
What this doesn’t say is whether season-ticket holders would be offered these single-game tickets at an equivalent price to what they had previously paid, or whether they’d have to pay the much higher single-game prices. I’ve reached out for clarification on this. It also doesn’t say how many tickets will be sold per game for the 18 games currently scheduled at Sloan Park.
One last note on the procedures for this spring at Sloan Park from the email:
Please note masks will be required at Sloan Park, and the Cubs will take every precaution to utilize enhanced cleaning procedures to clean the ballpark before, during and after every game. Detailed information on our policies and protocols will be shared closer to the start of the season.
So, I’ve got more questions than answers based on this email. As I noted, I have reached out to the Cubs for clarification, and will post more information about spring games when I receive it.