Cubs to open 2017 Season in primetime against Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Sunday, April 2
The Cubs and Major League Baseball officially announced Thursday that Opening Day for the World Series Champions has been moved to April 2. The Cubs and Cardinals will kick off the 2017 season under the lights at Busch Stadium as the third game of MLB’s Opening Day.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:30pm CDT and will be televised exclusively to a national audience by ESPN.
The Cubs and Cardinals were scheduled to begin the season on Monday, April 3.
Due to this shift, the Cubs-Cardinals opening series will be adjusted as follows (all times Central):
- Sunday, April 2: 7:30pm at St. Louis Cardinals
- Monday, April 3: OFF DAY
- Tuesday, April 4: 7:15pm at St. Louis Cardinals
- Wednesday, April 5: 12:45pm at St. Louis Cardinals
- Thursday, April 6: OFF DAY
The Cubs travel from St. Louis to Milwaukee for a three-game series beginning Friday night at Miller Park. The Cubs will have two days off in the first week and three in the first 10 days of the season. The Cubs play the Brewers April 7-9 before the home opener on April 10 at Wrigley.
The Cubs first home game is Monday, April 10 (7:05pm CDT) against the Dodgers.
ESPN announced the network will televise the Cubs’ home opener against the Dodgers on Monday, April 10 (7:05pm CDT). ESPN’s coverage will include festivities from the championship ceremony at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs have a nine-game homestand on the schedule (April 10-19) with three versus the Dodgers, three with the Pirates (April 14-16) and three with the Brewers (April 17-19). After a day off on April 20, the Cubs hit the road for three in Cincinnati (April 21-23), three in Pittsburgh (April 24-26) and three in Boston (April 28-30) against the Red Sox.