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Wrigley Without Fans?

Could the Cubs play in an empty Wrigley?
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Today, the NCAA announced that there will be no fans allowed at NCAA tournament games this season. With Opening Day right around the corner it’s worth asking. Will MLB make the same move?

COVID-19, or Corona Virus, was officially labeled a worldwide pandemic today and it hit the sports world in a big way. With the NCAA announcing limited attendance games in the tournament this year, this leads to asking if this will affect other sports as well. The NBA already scheduled a game with no fans for Thursday when the Warriors host the Nets. The XFL also announced today that they would play their games without fans in attendance. This doesn’t fare well for baseball since the XFL is also played outdoors.

The Seattle Mariners also announced today that they were moving their home games through the month of March away from Seattle. The status of this virus is changing things by the minute and this puts the Cubs and most of Major League Baseball in a major predicament. Cub fans are already expressing their anger over the Marquee Network’s lack of contracts with tv providers, but now we have to worry about not seeing games in person? I’ve already purchased tickets for a game in April. What happens with those? Who knows where we will all be tomorrow with this virus and the way things are shaping up across the sports landscape?

If such a scenario happens, it would be the first time since 2015 when the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox played with no fans when riots in Baltimore caused a security scare.

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Cubs fans have seen the attendance at Wrigley be scarce in the early, cold months but no matter what they are still loud.

I want the crowd to roar when Javy blasts one to Waveland or the chants of “YUUUUUUUU” after a dominant start. But instead, will Chicago have to wait to see the Cubs at Wrigley? Do they stay in Mesa and play games on neutral ground?

Let’s look back to the last time the Cubs played a neutral site game on September 14, 2008 in Milwaukee when Carlos Zambrano no-hit the Houston Astros for the first No-Hitter ever thrown at a neutral site.

If there’s an alternative to not playing at Wrigley, letting them play ball on a neutral site would be the easiest pill to swallow.

I would like to take a moment to wish all of our readers good health over the course of this spring. Also, remember that your health should outweigh whatever money spent on tickets to a sporting event. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face and buckle up for Cubs baseball, whether it is at Wrigley or not.