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The Cubs will be permitted about 2,000 more tickets for the opening homestand, per report

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The city of Chicago is increasing the size of crowds allowed at outdoor venues.

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When the city of Chicago gave the Cubs permission to sell tickets for 2021 games at Wrigley Field, capacity was set at 20 percent, or about 8,200 tickets.

On Thursday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced increases in capacity for various outdoor events:

Outdoor performance venues or seated spectator events with a capacity of 200 or more can operate at 25 percent.

This apparently applies to Wrigley Field, because:

That would bump up the number of people permitted in Wrigley Field for the first six games of the 2021 season to approximately 10,000.

It’s not yet clear how or when these additional tickets will be sold. I would think that season-ticket holders would again get first call on them, because some STH did get shut out of tickets previously sold last week. Whatever’s left over from that would likely be sold to lottery winners, as happened earlier this week, and then to the general public.

This is good news as we come out of the pandemic, but as Mayor Lightfoot cautioned regarding reports of new cases of COVID-19:

“The bottom line here is, we’re seeing a very disturbing trend that could significantly impact our ability to move forward with reopening,” the mayor said. “We can’t do bar crawls, we can’t do mass events, and I’m concerned with spring break happening both in colleges and schools that this is a concerning trend.” Asked whether relaxing outdoor space limits sends mixed messages about the urgency of the increase in cases here, Lightfoot said: “The issue we face really isn’t about outdoor events, and we’re still being prudent there,” but the growth is driven by people not following guidance indoors.

The mayor added that restrictions would be “reassessed in a week.” So, as always, we await developments.

Also Thursday, the Cubs emailed season-ticket holders to give them a perk — a 15 percent discount on all food and non-alcoholic drinks when ordered through the MLB Ballpark app during games. Each STH was allowed to designate one additional person to receive this perk. Thanks to the Cubs for a small gesture to season-ticket holders; the Cubs said in the email that 96 percent of STH surveyed last summer said they’d value such a discount.