On April 17th, 2021, I returned to Wrigley.
In 2020, I had plans to go to at least a dozen Cubs games via a season ticket holder. That unfortunately just didn't materialize. I figured it might be years before I could go to a game again. Fortunately, things are starting to get a bit more normal.
I attended my first game of 2021 on April 17th. The Cubs hit six home runs, en route to a win over the Atlanta Braves. Trevor Williams started, and pitched well. As fun as the game was, it was just nice to be back at Wrigley.
Final attendance was 10,400. I had never been at a game with so few people. It was kind of nice. No line to get in, shorter lines at concessions. I was able to put my feet up. Plus everyone could hear me yelling obscenities' at the players (kidding).
The team has taken lots of COVID relation precautions. I was very cautious throughout 2020, and yet felt very safe the entire time. Between consistent mask use, reasonable spacing, and open air environment, I felt fine. A few of the precautions included:
Staggered gate times: your ticket lists when you can get into the stadium. I'm not sure how strict they are on the policy, but it helps staggers everyone getting in.
25% capacity or so. There was nobody seated within 6 feet of us, which was nice. All usable seats are marked with green tape, while closed seats are literally zip tied shut. You never feel packed in by other people.
Touchless concession delivery. If you want to order from your seats, you can. It was limited to hot dogs, 2 kinds of beer, and hot chocolate. A vendor swings by a few minutes later and drops it off, and has a card reader for you to pay with.
Mobile concession ordering. You can buy your food in advance and then it is ready for you at the concession area of your choosing. the interface is a bit clunky, but it works.
Overall, a very fun and safe feeling experience. The entire process felt smooth and controlled without being obtrusive. It was just nice to be able to get out of the house and do something fun. Seeing six Cubs home runs helped quite a bit too!