As MLB ramps up security at stadiums this year, fans are expected to face long lines to pass through metal detectors prior to entering. This will likely negatively impact Wrigley Field the most, where getting into a game has rarely been a quick or pleasant experience. As a result, the Cubs are asking fans to prepare appropriately.

“We apologize in advance for any delays fans will face when entering the ballpark for Monday night’s home opener,” said Cubs spokesperson Heather Way Kitzes. “To have the best experience possible and beat the lines, we are encouraging fans to arrive last Thursday.”

Kitzes added that any fan arriving anytime after 3 p.m. today can expect significant delays but should focus on the positive.

“We don’t know exactly how long it will take, but they can probably expect to get to their seat by the fifth or sixth inning,” said Kitzes. “On the plus side, we don’t anticipate any fans having to relieve themselves in empty beer cups this year.”

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