If baseball returns to Chicago this summer, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said it will “likely be without fans.”
Chicago is “a ways away” from even considering plans to reopen Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field because the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus are still rising, Lightfoot said Monday.
There are ongoing conversations about what restarting the baseball season in Chicago could look like with the owners of the Cubs and the White Sox, but that it is a decision for Major League Baseball, Lightfoot said.
“Can I envision a world where baseball might return to Chicago this summer? Yes. Is it likely to be without fans? Probably,” Lightfoot said.
The regular baseball season has already been delayed for a full month because of the pandemic.
In a letter to employees, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he expects baseball to resume this year, but had no timeline for play to start. Most teams have agreed to pay their staffers through May 31 — a date that many observers see as the deadline to announce a plan for the season.