CHICAGO (CBS) – The first World Series game within the Friendly Confines since 1945 is sure to draw the crowds, and the city said it is prepared.
Hundreds of thousands of people descended last weekend on Wrigleyville for the NLCS clincher. The crowd is expected to be even bigger, now that the Cubs are finally back in the World Series.
Chicago police are not taking any chances.
Over a thousand police officers will be working the game to keep crowds safe. Parking restrictions will be in place around Wrigley Field. Police officers will set up security check point with a couple blocks of the field and alcohol will be confiscated.
A traffic security perimeter will also be set up for all World Series home games.
“A secondary perimeter will be put into effect at the start of all home games,” said Rich Guidice, Office of Emergency Management and Communication. “To restrict incoming traffic to residents only. Motorists will have to provide a photo ID with proof of address to enter.”
Street closures on Clark and Addison will be in effect earlier than on typical game days.
Officials are also reminding everyone that using drones in public spaces in Chicago is illegal, and anyone caught using one will be arrested.
Uniformed and undercover officers will be working the game. They will be aided by canines, mounted officers and the city’s array of surveillance cameras.
It is all in the hopes of keeping any celebrations peaceful.