Chicago team owners agree to cancel home games or play without fans until May 1


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker recommended owners of Chicago's major sports teams cancel or play home games without fans until May 1. The owners agreed to that request.

Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle announced the state of Illinois' mandates in response to the COVID-19 at a press conference on Thursday.

The NBA and NHL suspended play indefinitely in wake of COVID-19. MLS suspended action for 30 days, while MLB delayed Opening Day, scheduled for March 26, until at least April 9.

If the situation improves quickly enough to where sports can resume before the end of April, there might be a scenario where the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox and Fire need play their home games at alternative sites.

Of their remaining games, the Blackhawks and Bulls each have seven home games left on the schedule.

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