Cubs Get Green Light For Up To 43 Night Games

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    Plans for outdoor plaza adjacent to Wrigley Field still up in air. Dick Johnson reports. (Published Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013)

    Fire up the lights at Wrigley Field.

    The Chicago Cubs got approval Wednesday to schedule 35 home night games per season, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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    The City Council's License Committee also allowed provisions for eight more night games to accommodate national TV, although the Cubs must add security and include free remote parking. Ald. Tom Tunney said the parking spaces would be expanded from 500 spaces to 1,000.

    Wednesday's decision was an update to an ordinance passed earlier this summer, which had allowed for up to 46 night games.

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    No decision was made on whether beer and wine could be served at a planned open-air plaza next to a renovated stadium. The community must have a formal opportunity to provide input before the committee can consider it.

    Some residents opposed the portion of the ordinance that allowed liquor sales up to 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends.

    The Cubs are hoping to have events on the plaza year-round, not just during baseball season.

    Penalties will also be put in place in case any Wrigley Field concerts run long, such as last summer's Pearl Jam performance that was delayed by severe weather.

    The team will be fined $5,000 if a concert runs 30 minutes long, $15,0000 for the next 30 minutes and $30,000 for 30 minutes after that.