The White Sox will increase capacity to approximately 24,300 fans beginning May 24. The Cubs will go to 60% on May 28.
The White Sox and Cubs announced they will increase fan capacity at their stadiums to 60% this month.
The White Sox will increase capacity to approximately 24,300 fans at Guaranteed Rate Field beginning May 24 against the St. Louis Cardinals. The stadium can normally accommodate 40,615 fans.
Approval from city and state leadership and public health officials provided the green light.
The Cubs will begin 60% capacity — or about 25,000 fans — at Wrigley Field on May 28 against the Cincinnati Reds. Wrigley’s normal capacity is over 41,000.
“We have been working toward this moment and have always looked forward to welcoming more fans back to Guaranteed Rate Field in a safe and responsible way,” Brooks Boyer, White Sox chief revenue and marketing officer said in a statement. “We have seen great success providing a safe and enjoyable gameday experience for guests in April, and as we see more people get vaccinated, we are thrilled to bring more fans into the ballpark to experience White Sox baseball in person and cheer on our first-place team on the field.”
The Sox will have two vaccinated-only sections for four games this weekend. Beginning with Game 1 of the doubleheader against Kansas City on Friday at 2:10 p.m., fans who purchase tickets in the designated vaccinated-only sections located in Sections 108-109 will present their vaccination cards or other proof that they have been fully vaccinated along with a photo ID upon entering the ballpark.
Fans holding tickets in these sections will be seated without physical distancing.
Fans who receive a vaccination before a game will receive a $25 White Sox gift card for use inside the ballpark. The team will have two vaccination sites at the stadium beginning May 24.
Tickets for the vaccinated-only sections go on sale Thursday on the White Sox website at 3 p.m.
Cubs single-game tickets for the May 28-June 2 games will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the team website. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis in seating pods of up to six people and will have a minimum of one open seat between pods within the same row.
Like the Sox, the Cubs will have a designated area specifically for fully vaccinated fans at Wrigley Field for the four-game series against the Washington Nationals May 17-20 only. The upper section of the center field Budweiser Bleachers will be designated for fully vaccinated fans and will be at full capacity with no physical distancing. Single-game tickets for that area go on sale May 13, at 3 p.m. Proof of vaccination and a photo ID will be required.