An Update from the South Bend Cubs on 2020 Season
As a loyal member of the South Bend Cubs family, we feel it is important to share the changes we are making in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our guests and employees. While we always strive to maintain the highest standards when it comes to cleaning and maintaining our facilities, we will be taking it even further by doubling the number of hand sanitizers and updating our touchless restroom facilities.
We are continuing to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and are in regular contact with local health officials. Keeping our employees informed and giving them the tools they need to keep themselves and our environment safe is our highest priority.
When we are able to safely start the baseball season, we want you to plan with confidence and peace of mind that your next trip to Four Winds Field will be safe, exciting and stress free.
With that in mind, we wanted to provide you with the most up to date information as we move forward with 2020 season.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When will the season start?
As of the time of this article, a specific start date is unknown. Major League Baseball announced that Opening Day will be pushed back in accordance with guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Minor League Baseball has not yet specified a start date for the 2020 season, but they are currently working in conjunction with Major League Baseball to determine a time frame for Opening Day. Given the uncertainty regarding the spread of the coronavirus and the potential effectiveness of all of the measures currently being undertaken, it may be a while until there is clarity on the start date.
How many games will the team play in 2020?
As of the time of this article, the number of games each team will play during the 2020 season is unknown. Once a start date is determined, there will be a clearer picture of the 2020 schedule. The current belief among Midwest League teams is that there is a good chance that the end of the season will be extended. Whether that is sufficient to make up for the loss of games at the start of the season or not will depend on a variety of factors which, as of now, remain uncertain.
Will there be attendance restrictions when games resume?
As of the time of this article, that is unknown. We will follow any protocols in place for community gatherings in the region when games resume.
Is Four Winds Field prepared to provide a clean and healthy environment for fans?
Since Andrew Berlin purchased the club in 2011, safety and cleanliness have been the top priorities for the staff at Four Winds Field during all games and events. In addition to our regular cleaning schedule, we will be taking additional precautions and implementing advanced safety protocols as recommended by the CDC and local health officials. Currently, the organization doubled the number of hand sanitizers around the ballpark and in common areas during regular business hours. 2019 Article: Cleanliness of Four Winds Field a Product of Hard Work and Dedication.
What happens if I have tickets for a game that ends up not being played?
As of the time of this article, tickets to an un-played game will be treated the same as if that game was rained out. The ticket can be exchanged for any remaining game during the 2020 season, based on availability. Once there is a clearer picture of the 2020 season start date, we will evaluate this policy and make a determination if alternate solutions become necessary. We also understand that when games resume, and the community is welcome back at Four Winds Field, individual ticket holders will determine their comfort level for attending games. We remain committed to putting our guests first and we will work towards solutions with each fan that shows our commitment.
Are you still accepting applications to work at the ballpark this season?
Yes, there are a limited number of positions still available at Four Winds Field for the 2020 season. For additional details and to apply, click here.
Are the hours of operation still the same for the Main Office, Cubs Den Team Store and Performance Center?
As of the time of this article, the South Bend Cubs Main Office is open during regular business hours Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At this time, the Cubs Den Team Store and 1st Source Bank Performance Center are closed. Fans can still shop the Cubs Den online by clicking here. Orders placed will still ship out during the closure.
Does the delay to start the 2020 season impact events already scheduled for later in the season at Four Winds Field?
Currently, events scheduled for later in the season are unaffected. Future events will be evaluated based on the situation in place at that time.
Our leadership teams are meeting daily to monitor the situation and we pledge to continue communicating with you and keeping you updated. We are especially grateful for your loyalty and we look forward to welcoming you to Four Winds Field soon.
The South Bend Cubs Front Office