WRIGLEYVILLE — Cubs fans looking to attend a later game on a Friday will have a chance starting next month.
The team announced four dates for Friday 3:05 p.m. games this season: July 5 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, July 12 against St. Louis Cardinals, Aug. 2 against Los Angeles Dodgers and Aug. 16 again playing the Cardinals.
The city passed an ordinance earlier this week allowing Wrigley Field to host later Friday afternoon games. In the last night game ordinance, the team gave up Friday 3:05 p.m. games as part of a compromise for more night games.
The Cubs have said that fans want more Friday late afternoon games, partly because it makes it easier for them to take off work early to catch a game. A November survey by the team found that 87 percent of season ticket holders wanted more of the 3:05 games.
Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and neighborhood organizations have said Friday 3:05 games cause traffic issues due to school pick-up and rush hour congestion, but Tunney hailed the ordinance earlier this week as a positive compromise for the community.
Initially, the team asked for 12 Friday afternoon games. Starting next season, the Cubs can host up to six Friday games at 3:05 p.m.
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