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2020 baseball return: Chicago Dogs to host home opener with fans in stands

2020 baseball return: Chicago Dogs to host home opener with fans in stands

Baseball is back in Chicago on Tuesday-- well at least it’s back in Rosemont.

The Chicago Dogs are hosting their home opener at Impact Field, with fans in the stands, Tuesday evening.

To help ensure the safety of everyone in attendance, the Dogs say they are taking extra precautions, including taking the temperature of staff before they enter the ballpark and requiring all staff to wear masks and gloves when they interact with fans. The team is also hiring additional staff to disinfect surfaces before, during and after the game.

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In addition, the team has updated their seating chart to allow space among fans. People will only be able to buy up to four seats next to each other. Aisles will also be marked for one-way foot traffic. Attendance will be capped at 20% capacity as well.

Out on the concourse, the team will promote social distancing by separating the area with stanchions and marking one-way traffic. You won’t have to open the door to go to the bathroom either, as they will be propped open for contactless entry and exit.

All of those measures are certainly out of the ordinary, so to add a sense of normalcy to the ball game Wayne Messmer will sing the national anthem.

And what would a day at the park be without a giveaway? Fans will also be treated to a bobblehead of Mike Ditka wearing a Chicago Dogs sweater.

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Highest paid athletes in Chicago sports history

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Highest paid athletes in Chicago sports history

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs rocked the sports world this week when it was reported the two agreed on a 10-year, $450 million contract extension.

While no Chicago player has even sniffed a lucrative deal like that, some players have made headlines and broken records by signing contracts here.

Here are the highest-paid athletes for the five major Chicago franchises.


Dr. Fauci: Coronavirus vaccine could be available late this year, early 2021

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Dr. Fauci: Coronavirus vaccine could be available late this year, early 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci said he’s “cautiously optimistic” a COVID-19 vaccine will be available for the American public towards the end of this year, or early in 2021.

Dr. Fauci made the comments while testifying in front of Congress on Tuesday morning.

"It is generally vaccines that put the nail in the coffin (for the virus)," Fauci said when discussing the importance of vaccine trials that are already underway.

One possible vaccine is heading into phase three trials in July.

“This is one that has already shown, in preliminary studies, some very favorable response in the animal models that were developed,” Fauci said about that particular vaccine.

Other vaccines are set to move to phase three trials in the coming months.

According to the CDC, in phase three trials the vaccine will be given to thousands of people to test the vaccine’s efficacy and safety.

Many vaccines undergo continued studies to track long-term safety after they are approved and licensed. If any of these vaccines show favorable results in phase three trials it could be an important step for sports-- and our everyday way of life-- returning to normalcy.

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