As was the case in the abbreviated 2020 season, the Cubs will send players to an “Alternate Site” to prepare for possible major league games until the Minor League season begins in early May. The Cubs will host players at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Indiana, home of the South Bend Cubs.
Wednesday, the South Bend Cubs announced they will host two exhibition games, one against Tigers alternate site players on Saturday, April 10, and one against White Sox alternate site players on Saturday, April 17.
The games will begin at 2:05 p.m. ET both days, and tickets will be sold to the general public Friday, April 2 at noon ET, online only.
Tickets are $10.00 for General Admission and only 1,000 tickets will be sold at SouthBendCubs.com. Tickets will not be available at the box office or by phone. When purchasing, fans will be able to select the section they would like to sit in. On gameday, they will be asked to physically distance themselves from other fans they might not know in that section. In compliance with MLB’s mandated buffer zone between players and fans, the first two rows will not be available and fans will not be permitted to ask for autographs.
“We are incredibly thankful to the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball for allowing us the opportunity to host fans at these games,” said South Bend Cubs Team President Joe Hart in a statement. “Just as the players need to stay conditioned for the upcoming season, our staff will use these games as a tune-up for the upcoming Minor League Baseball season.”
These games will follow the State of Indiana’s guidelines set by the CDC. Fans will be asked to keep at least six feet away from guests they do not know. Hand sanitizers will also be placed throughout the stadium.
In accordance with Major League Baseball’s health and safety guidelines, face coverings must be worn at all times while in public areas like restrooms, on the concourse, entering and exiting the stadium, and walking down to the seating bowl. These coverings can be removed when actively eating and drinking while at your seat.
I’m very happy that the Cubs will be hosting these games, and given that tickets will be sold and fans will be in attendance, I am reasonably certain that these will be played just like any Minor League game and not just as a “scrimmage” (and yes, I’m looking at you, Sara).
With these games and the others against White Sox Alternate Site players, those players (Nico Hoerner, for example) will have plenty of game action before the Minor League season begins in May.