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Important updates from MLB and the Cubs

2020 60-Game Chicago Cubs Schedule released

On July 6, Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs announced the club’s 2020 60-Game regular season schedule. The Cubs will open their 60-game season Friday, July 24, at 6:10 p.m. CDT against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs will play 40 games covering 12 series (six at home, six on the road) against the National League Central Division and 20 games covering eight series (four at home, four on the road) against the American League Central Division. The regular season is scheduled to conclude Sunday, September 27, at the Chicago White Sox.

In addition, the Cubs are scheduled to play three exhibition games leading into the regular season. The Cubs will host the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field Sunday, July 19, at 7:05 p.m. CDT; will play at the Chicago White Sox Monday, July 20, at 7:10 p.m. CDT; and will host the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, July 22, at 6:05 p.m. CDT.

All games are broadcast on Marquee Sports Network, unless selected as a national exclusive telecast, 670 The Score and Cubs.com. Please note dates, times and broadcasts are subject to change. Visit Cubs.com/Schedule for the most up-to-date information on the 2020 60-Game Chicago Cubs Schedule.

Update from the Chicago Cubs:

As we eagerly await the start of the season and release of the new 2020 schedule which will replace the original schedule, specific ticketing information has been provided directly to ticket holders for Cubs home games originally scheduled to be played in July, August and September.

In coordination with Major League Baseball, we will share additional details regarding the new 2020 regular season schedule as soon as it is available.

Major League Baseball announces 2020 regular season:

Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred Jr. announced today that Major League Baseball (MLB) anticipates beginning its 2020 regular season approximately one month from today, on July 23 or July 24.

The announcement follows confirmation that the MLB Players Association has accepted the health and safety protocols that will guide MLB’s return to play and that players will be able to report for training by July 1. The health and safety of players and employees will remain MLB’s foremost priorities in its return to play. MLB is working with a variety of public health experts, infectious disease specialists and technology providers on a comprehensive approach that aims to facilitate a safe return.

MLB has submitted a 60-game regular season schedule for review by the Players Association. The proposed schedule will largely feature divisional play, with the remaining portion of each Club’s games against their opposite league’s corresponding geographical division (i.e., East vs. East, Central vs. Central and West vs. West), in order to mitigate travel. The vast majority of Major League Clubs are expected to conduct training at the ballparks in their primary home cities.

Commissioner Manfred said: “Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon. We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with Baseball again soon.”

In coordination with MLB, we will share additional details regarding the 2020 regular season schedule as soon as it is available.

Update from the Chicago Cubs:

As we await clarity on the potential start to the season, we continue to work in close coordination with Major League Baseball (MLB) and remain committed to making decisions with the best interest of our associates, players and fans top of mind. We’ve received clearance from MLB to determine and communicate our ticketing policies. Specific ticketing information has been provided directly to ticket holders for Cubs home games originally scheduled to be played in June.

Our plan is to continue to make ticketing decisions regarding future games on a rolling basis. We will share updates with ticket holders as soon as we have more information.

Update from the Chicago Cubs:

As we await clarity on the season's start, we continue to work in close coordination with Major League Baseball (MLB) and remain committed to making decisions with the best interest of our associates, players and fans top of mind. We’ve received clearance from MLB to determine and communicate our ticketing policies. Specific ticketing information has been provided directly to ticket holders for Cubs home games originally scheduled to be played in March, April and May.

While we cannot predict what is to come in the days ahead, our plan is to continue to make ticketing decisions regarding future games on a rolling basis. We will share updates with ticket holders as soon as we have more information.

Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2020 is canceled:

The Mitel & MLB Present London Series scheduled for June 13-14 between the Cubs and Cardinals has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ticket holders will receive a full refund, including any ticketing service charges paid. Further information and FAQ can be found at mlblondonseries.com/faq.

Major League Baseball Announces Interim Support for Minor League Players:

Since last week, Major League Baseball has been engaged in a variety of discussions with stakeholders to identify ways to blunt the wide-ranging impact of the national emergency resulting from the global coronavirus pandemic. As those conversations continue, MLB is announcing today a league-wide initiative that will create a level of uniform compensation for Minor League players, covering the period between now and the originally scheduled start of the minor league season. MLB is taking this initial step today because of the effects of the season’s postponement on Minor League players and their families. MLB intends to continue working with all 30 Clubs to identify additional ways to support those players as a result of the delayed 2020 season.

Each player who is under a Minor League Uniform Player Contract will receive a lump sum equal to the allowances that would have been paid through April 8. The exceptions to this plan are non-40-man-roster players who are already receiving Major League allowances; players who are currently receiving housing, food or other services from Clubs; and players who were not participating in, or expected to participate in, Minor League Spring Training. MLB remains in communication with Clubs on the development of an industry-wide plan for Minor League player compensation from April 9 through the beginning of the coming season.

MLB takes the community impact of this crisis seriously. We will continue to monitor ongoing events and undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts to protect fans, players and ballpark workers, and we urge all baseball fans to follow suit. MLB extends its best wishes to all the individuals and communities who have been impacted by the coronavirus.

In the last several days, MLB has announced a joint, $1M MLB-MLBPA fund to speed food assistance to those impacted by the crisis and a 30-Club, $30M effort to support ballpark workers. Individual Clubs will continue to announce more details surrounding support for their local communities and players are coming together to urge fans to take this crisis seriously.

Major League Baseball Announces 30-Club, $30M Effort to Support Ballpark Employees:

Over the past 48 hours, I have been approached by representatives of all 30 clubs to help assist the thousands of ballpark employees affected by the delay in the start of the Major League Baseball season. Motivated by desire to help some of the most valuable members of the baseball community, each Club has committed $1 million. The individual clubs will be announcing more details surrounding this support effort in their local communities. The timing of these announcements will vary because of the need to coordinate with state and local laws as well as collective bargaining obligations in an effort to maximize the benefits realized by each group of employees. I am proud that our clubs came together so quickly and uniformly to support these individuals who provide so much to the game we love.

Statement from the Chicago Cubs on Fund to Support Ballpark Employees:

We are happy to join the 29 other baseball clubs to assist the thousands of ballpark employees across the country affected by last week’s announcement to delay the start of the Major League Baseball season. This unprecedented health crisis has impacted our players, coaches, associates, partners and fans. We will continue to have discussions on how to best support our teammates and ensure the safety and well-being of our community. As Commissioner Manfred referenced in his statement today, there are a number of factors we need to address to ensure we maximize the benefits to the affected members of our baseball family. We plan to announce more details in the coming days.

Statement from the Chicago Cubs on Ticket Refunds:

Last week’s announcement to delay the start of the season has created a number of questions regarding games, ticket purchases and schedule. We are working in coordination with Major League Baseball on contingency plans and are committed to providing guidance as soon as we are able. Fans should hold onto their tickets until a ticket procedure on rescheduled games is announced at the appropriate time. Given the unprecedented nature and fluidity of the situation, we appreciate our fans continued support and patience.

Statement from Major League Baseball:

On Monday, March 16, Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. conducted a conference call with the 30 Clubs of Major League Baseball. Following last night’s newly updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, the opening of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back in accordance with that guidance.

MLB will keep fans updated on decisions regarding plans for the 2020 schedule in the days and weeks ahead. The Clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins. We will continue to monitor ongoing events and undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts, and urge all baseball fans to follow suit. MLB extends its best wishes to all the individuals and communities who have been impacted by the coronavirus.

Update from the Chicago Cubs:

Dear valued fans,

The health and safety of our fans, players and associates is the top priority of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Cubs. In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, MLB announced its decision to cancel remaining Spring Training games and delay the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks.

We believe MLB’s decision is in the best interests of the safety and well-being of the public and the game of baseball. While our hope is to play baseball at Wrigley Field soon, we will continue to work in close coordination with MLB, as well as Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and their administrations to ensure we make the best decisions to protect public health and safety.

MLB is preparing a variety of contingency plans in concert with clubs regarding the 2020 regular season schedule. In coordination with MLB, we will share communications directly with ticket buyers as soon as possible.

Given the unprecedented nature and fluidity of the situation, we appreciate your continued support and patience as we work diligently to provide a safe environment for our fans, players and associates.

Sincerely,
The Chicago Cubs

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the 2020 season begin?

On July 6, Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs announced the club’s 2020 60-Game regular season schedule. The Cubs will open their 60-game season Friday, July 24, at 6:10 p.m. CDT against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Visit Cubs.com/Schedule for the most up-to-date information on the 2020 60-Game Chicago Cubs Schedule.

What is happening with tickets to games that were part of the original 2020 schedule?

On April 29, specific ticketing information was provided directly to fans with tickets to games originally scheduled in March, April and May. On June 11, specific ticketing information was provided directly to fans with tickets to games originally scheduled in June. On July 2, specific ticketing information was provided directly to fans with tickets to games originally scheduled in July, August and September. Please contact Fan Services at 800-THE-CUBS or fanservices@cubs.com with any questions.

What is happening with MLB & Mitel Present London Series 2020 tickets?

The Mitel & MLB Present London Series scheduled for June 13-14 between the Cubs and Cardinals has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster and London Stadium will automatically be refunded in full, including any ticketing service charges paid. Further information and FAQ can be found at mlblondonseries.com/faq.

What is happening with Cubs tickets for Spring Training?

All Spring Training games as of Thursday, March 12, have been canceled. Specific ticketing information was provided directly to ticket holders. Please contact Fan Services at 800-THE-CUBS or fanservices@cubs.com with any questions.

Are Wrigley Field Tours still operating?

The Wrigley Field Tours program has been suspended, for the time being. Specific ticketing information was provided directly to ticket holders. Please contact Fan Services at 800-THE-CUBS or fanservices@cubs.com with any questions.