Chicago Cubs Want to Play Night Games on Fridays and Saturdays
As if the weekend influx of Trixies and Chads to the Wrigleyville bar scene didn’t already clog up public transportation and local streets with booze hounds, the Chicago Cubs would like the city to change an ordinance that bans night games on Fridays and Saturdays. When Wrigley Field installed lights 20 years ago, Chicago enacted an ordinance that allowed 30 night games a year, but only Sunday to Thursday. Now, the city’s Northsiders want a rewritten ordinance that would allow Friday and Saturday night games because it would supposedly allow Cubbies players extra rest. Famous Wrigley Field sits in the middle of a popular commercial strip featuring bars and restaurants and a residential neighborhood filled with 20 and 30-somethings, so night games usually mean loud, intoxicated folks tripping down residents’ alley ways yelling and peeing on garbage cans. Hmm, could obnoxious, drunk Cubs fans just blend in with regular drunk people if night games start being played on Friday and Saturday? Maybe it’s not such a bad idea after all.
Manager Lou Piniella is behind the effort, the4 Chicago Tribune reported. He said the team would get extra rest if they took the field on a Friday or Saturday night, the newspaper reported.
Under a rewritten ordinance, the Cubs would still be limited to 30 night games a year, the Tribune reported.
Even without any Cubs games, the Wrigleyville area is often severely congested as it is. Both north and south of Wrigley Field, Clark Street is lined with busy bars and restaurants. Also short distance north, the Metro holds weekend concerts that continue as late as 5 a.m.