Wrigley Field will come alive with Chicago Cubs fans in just eight days and there's a new touchless way for fans getting into the Friendly Confines.
MICHELLE GALLARDO: Good morning, Tanya. We just got a little inside look at what this touchless entry means, and basically it is all about getting guests in quickly, safely, and with minimum contact and ready to settle in and enjoy the important stuff like the game.
The friendly confines will be empty no more. April 1 marks the return of baseball to Wrigley Field but also the return of spectators. Today, Cubs management announcing a more streamlined experience that will carry over long after the pandemic ends.
DAVID CROMWELL: We're moving guests into the ballpark at a considerably faster pace than we've done-- been able to do historically, which gets guests into the ballpark faster and gets them to their seat faster.
MICHELLE GALLARDO: The method by which this will happen is touchless entry as fans will scan themselves in at their designated gate within a specific time frame printed on their tickets. They will then walk through metal detectors that don't require the removal of cell phones, wallets, or keys. In addition, starting with the 2021 season, Wrigley Field will go entirely cashless. Food purchases will be made easier with fans able to order either by scanning a QR code or downloading an app.
DAVID CROMWELL: You will have been able to, from your seat while you're watching the game, make your order. And then when you're ready to come fulfill it, you can come to the stand.
MICHELLE GALLARDO: And while for now capacity at both Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate fields will be limited to 20%, the city has said that there is potential to expand that as the season goes on and especially as more and more people get vaccinated.