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Chicago Cubs Get One-Time OK For Weekend Night Game Next Month

Night weekend games at Wrigley typically are banned, but the City Council approved an exception to give the team more rest before the June 18 game against Miami.

Chicago Cubs fans flock to Wrigleyville for the Cubs' home opener game on April 1, 2021.
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WRIGLEYVILLE — The Chicago Cubs will play a rare Friday night game next month when they face off against the Miami Marlins after receiving City Council approval for the one-time event.

Aldermen gave the team the OK during Wednesday’s council meeting to play a Friday night game June 18 with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. The exception was granted because the Cubs have an away game at the New York Mets the night before and aren’t scheduled to return home until late.

Weekend night games typically are banned for the Cubs because they worsen traffic congestion and parking problems in Wrigleyville on what are already busy nights for area restaurants and nightclubs.

But Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), whose ward encompasses Wrigleyville, sponsored an ordinance to allow for a one-time exception.

“Rescheduling the game from the afternoon to the evening would give the Chicago Cubs almost six more hours of rest, and thus they would be a team better prepared to win,” the ordinance reads.

The ordinance passed in City Council with no discussion.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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