CHICAGO -- City officials on Thursday said they needed more
information from the Chicago Cubs before deciding whether it's safe
to play a game at Wrigley Field on Friday.
On Thursday, workers at the stadium continued putting up netting
to protect fans from falling chunks of concrete.
Chicago Buildings Commissioner Stan Kaderbek said in a statement
that he had met with team officials and asked for clarification on
a safety inspection report the Cubs submitted to the city.
"If the items needing clarifications have been addressed, and
we anticipate they will be, we will concur that it's safe to play
at Wrigley Field," Kaderbek said.
The Cubs are scheduled to host the Philadelphia Phillies on
The city can prevent the game at the 90-year-old ballpark if the
netting isn't fully installed or if they conclude it doesn't
adequately protect fans.
Chicago Cubs president Andy MacPhail said in a statement that he
anticipated the netting would be installed and that the team's
structural engineer would submit a final report to city officials
by late Thursday.
There have been three reports of falling concrete at the stadium
since June. No injuries have been reported.
A fan reported to the city June 9 seeing the first piece of
concrete fall along the first base side of the park. The fan said
the debris was the size of a small brick.
The second piece of falling concrete was reported by a man who
said the chunk, measuring about 6 inches long and 3 inches thick,
nearly struck his 5-year-old son at a July 16 game.
A Wrigley Field employee found a third piece of concrete July
21, Cubs officials said. That piece was about the size of the palm
of a hand.