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Wrigley Field rooftops reach agreement with city to open for Cubs games, rooftop manager says

The city of Chicago has approved rooftops around Wrigley Field opening at 25% capacity for Cubs games, according to the general manager of a rooftop venue.

"We can open our rooftop," said Freddy Fagenholz, general manager of Murphy's Rooftop.

Fagenholz said he received a call from the city Wednesday that their license was approved with safety restrictions related to COVID-19.

"We are excited, but safety comes first," he said.

Still, Fagenholz said much is unknown, as there has not been an announcement yet about when baseball may return in Chicago, and under what conditions. He is waiting for the schedule to come out before listing tickets.

"It could be the biggest ticket in town," he said.

Major League Baseball in March delayed the start of the season because of the coronavirus. Last month, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced there would be a 60-game season, with opening day scheduled for July 23 or 24. But the schedule has not been released.

The office of Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday morning released the following statement:

“Maintaining the health and safety of Chicago’s residents, particularly as we continue to gradually reopen, is our top priority. Earlier this month, we issued additional guidance to restaurants and taverns as it pertains to reopening and moving into phase four. As the rooftop patios overlooking Wrigley Field are also restaurants and taverns, they are included in this overarching guidance and must operate within the guidelines established by the city in coordination with public health guidance.”

The statement continued: “The decision to bring fans back to stadiums is an ongoing conversation. The city has remained in close coordination with all of Chicago’s major sports teams throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and looks forward to welcoming back fans at a time when it is deemed safe.”

The Cubs, which own most of the rooftops around Wrigley Field, did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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