CHICAGO -- The city is taking extra precautions to make sure Cubs fans stay safe when they come to watch the World Series in Wrigleyville.
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson says the city is ready as it prepares to host the third, fourth and possibly fifth games of this year’s World Series.
"CPD has ensured that we have plenty of officers on hand," he said. "As you can expect, there will be large crowds, so make sure you have a plan and bring plenty of patience."
One thousand uniformed Chicago police officers, undercover cops, and state and federal officials will be on hand to help keep order in the streets around Wrigley Feld.
"Security during the entire series will be very high. Given the large numbers of fans anticipated, we have expanded the security perimeter to ease the flow of pedestrian traffic," Johnson said.
If you’re going to the games, here’s what you need to know:
- Gates will open two-and-a-half hours before the first pitch. That means about 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
- Don’t take alcohol, drugs or weapons to the ballpark.
- If you’re looking to buy tickets, remember to go to a reputable broker. Cubs officials say there were hundreds of instances of counterfeit tickets during the NLCS.
"By no means should anyone try to purchase tickets in and around the stadium --that’s high risk with no reward," said Cubs spokesman Julian Green. "It’s unfortunate that we’ve had several fans come up to the window who have made significant investments in these tickets, only to have their hearts and dreams crushed when they found out they were void."
There’s no question these are the most significant Cubs games at Wrigley Field in more than 70 years, and with fans anticipating the celebration of the century, there could be nearly half a million people in the neighborhood. So residential street parking rules will be strictly enforced, and residents in certain areas will need to show ID with proof of their address to get into restricted areas.
"It’s going to be an inconvenient weekend to park, to get in and out," said Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th Ward.
Additionally, officials are urging people to use public transportation.