Chicago Cubs Apologize After Long Bathroom Lines On Opening Day Led Fans To Pee In Plastic Cups

Opening Day crowds proved too much for Wrigley Field’s bathrooms, only two of which were open on the main concourse yesterday. The Chicago Cubs are now apologizing to fans, after the long lines prompted some people to seek other means of relieving themselves.

When two bathrooms on the Upper Deck went down inexplicably, fans were forced to go downstairs, “where we already were experiencing issues with long wait times,” a Cubs spokesman said in a statement, via the Chicago Tribune. Some fans say they were waiting up to 45 minutes to use the bathroom.

“Opening Day at Wrigley Field has always brought challenges with wait times and tonight was particularly extreme,” he acknowledged after the team’s home opener last night.

“We want to apologize to our fans for the inconvenience tonight,” he added. “Moving forward we plan to supplement the existing restrooms with additional portable units and will continue to monitor wait times.”

Though noting that the park simply wasn’t prepared for the 35,000 fans who showed up, the statement doesn’t explain why the bathrooms were closed, though there does seem to be some renovation going with the restrooms.

Deadspin reported Sunday night that fans with urgent bladder matters were heading for remote corners of the stadium to pee into plastic cups or just sprinkle on the ground instead of waiting in the long lines and missing large chunks of the game.

One reader sent Deadspin the photo evidence of urine-filled cups, writing:

“Hi, Wrigley is an unmitigated disaster tonight. Every bathroom line is roughly a block/30 mins long. Men are peeing against walls in the concourse. This is a real picture of a makeshift urinal I took right after a guy used it.”

One might think the people who run a stadium as old as Wrigley would’ve had some experience with large numbers of people swilling large amounts of beer and needing to relieve themselves of said booze. But hey, what do I know?

Cubs apologize for long bathroom lines at Wrigley: ‘We missed the mark’ [Chicago Tribune]
Fans At Wrigley Field Are Resorting To Peeing In Cups [Deadspin]