The Chicago Cubs will be allowed to play as many as 46 night games starting next year, under a proposal introduced Wednesday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Thomas Tunney, 44th, in the City Council.
The Cubs play 30 night games but had requested more as part of the team’s plan renovate historic Wrigley Field. The team says night games generate more revenue and draw bigger television audiences than day games.
The mayor’s proposal also allows for four concerts per year and six late-afternoon Friday games that the team had sought. If the ordinance wins approval at the next City Council meeting, the Cubs could move some Friday 1:20 p.m. games to 3:05 p.m. starts this season.