(670 The Score) The White Sox and Cubs have each received permission from city and state officials to increase their stadium capacity to 60% in late May.
The White Sox will increase their capacity at Guaranteed Rate Field to 60% beginning on May 24, the team announced Thursday. The Cubs will increase their capacity at Wrigley Field to 60% beginning on May 28, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reported. Each organization's capacity had been around 25%.
The increase means up to 24,300 fans or so will be allowed inside Guaranteed Rate Field. Health and safety measures will remain in place after the capacity increase, including wearing face masks, cashless transactions and mobile ticketing and ordering.
“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,” White Sox chief revenue and marketing officer Brooks Boyer 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.”
As they increase fan capacity, the White Sox will also offer two vaccination sites for fans at Guaranteed Rate Field beginning May 24. Every fan who receives a vaccination before a game will receive a $25 White Sox gift card for use inside the ballpark.
When the capacity increase to 60%, White Sox tickets from May 24 to June 16 will be offered in seating pods with an open seat between pods with the same row, the team said.