City Grants Cubs 'One Time Exemption' to Play Friday Night Home Game

City Grants Cubs 'One Time Exemption' to Play Friday Night Home Game”

The Cubs' home game against the Brewers that day was previously set for 1:20 p.m., which presented a short turnaround and tough travel as Chicago has a night game at Pittsburgh the day before. The MLB average is around 54 night home games, Kenney said.

The Cubs will be allowed to play one more night game - next Friday night - under a surprise compromise aimed at assisting the team in its quest to repeat as World Series champs.

Hoping to give the Cubs a boost over the rival Milwaukee Brewers, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday the city would allow the team to move their game scheduled for the afternoon of September 8 to that evening. "The Cubs have accepted the limitations with night activities", Tunney said.

A few Friday night games have been played Wrigley Field during the playoffs, including two during the Cubs' championship run last fall.

Even with the change - which must be approved by the City Council Sept. 6 - the Cubs will not exceed the limit of 47 night events at Wrigley Field.

Emanuel and the Cubs have clashed in recent months over security in and around Wrigley Field.

"We are glad to have been able to work together to address this issue and help our team and organization as we compete to play October baseball".

The move gives the Cubs a bit more rest before the start of a critical three-game series against the Brewers - who at the moment are in second place behind the Cubs in the National League Central Division. The agreement was reached between the Cubs, local alderman Tom Tunney and mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Sun-Times reported. The team originally was facing a tough challenge as they were going to have to play a day game at Wrigley Field on September 8 following a night game in Pittsburgh the day before, but the new deal gives the Cubs a bit more rest before the critical three-game series.

The team keeps all of the revenue from concerts - while proceeds from games are split with Major League Baseball.

The Cubs weren't the only ones who walked away unhappy.

They argued that allowing the Cubs to stage up to 56 "night events" at Wrigley "places too much of a burden" on congested Lake View and "materially decreases the quality of life" for area residents.

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