Chicago Cubs release entry procedures for games at Wrigley Field.

Just a year ago, we did not have any sports. There were none to participate in, to watch on television, or view in person. It had been years since this had happened. It was a strange dark time for fans. They had to find other ways to occupy their time.

When they started playing again it was a completely different world than what we were used to. Seasons were cut. The list of opponents was shortened. The one big change was no fans in the stands. It took some getting used to at first. Teams tried pumping crowd noise and in-game day sounds. Huge banners were brought into stadiums to cover empty seats.

Later in the year, some sporting events starting letting in a limited number of fans. To me, it looked like watching a bad team at the end of a losing season during bad weather. A few scattered fans here and there. That did give us an idea of what a restricted capacity looked like.

Up to this point, Illinois was not allowing people into stadiums and arenas for big events. That will soon change. The city of Chicago recently announced that a capped number of spectators will be allowed in to check out the teams.

I understand how they can easily social distance fans during the game in the seats. My big question is how do they safely conduct entry into the games. I have attended plenty of sporting events in the Windy City. It does not matter the attendance size, getting into the building is always crowded and busy. Well, the Cubs recently announced their policies to enter Wrigley Field.

According to wgntv.com,

"Touchless ticketing and entry alongside an assigned entry time are among the COVID-19 safety protocols in place for Opening Day at Wrigley Field. They will be given an assigned entry time and unassigned entry gate that’s based on their seating location. The park has also introduced new security technology that allows fans to go through a metal detector without needing to remove wallets, cell phones, and keys."

With opening day around the corner, it will be interesting to see how it all works and if it is successful.

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