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Wrigley Security: Extra policing in place for Cubs home opener

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Friday's home opener for the Chicago Cubs will bring fandemonium to Wrigleyville. And as the Cubs fans roll in, security will be waiting.

"Everyone's excited," The Irish Oak's Assistant General Manager says of Opening Day. "We've been cooped up all winter. We're getting everything set up right now as you can see, got our Cubs banners out."

Wrigleyville businesses are ready for the crowds.

The Irish Oak, just down the block from Wrigley Field, will open its doors at 9 a.m. Other places will open as early as 7.

Residents are prepared for the drunken debauchery that could take over the streets.

"I'm ready for it, but you kind of put your head down and hope you don't get any puke on your front door," Wrigleyville Resident Kevin Dietz says.

Alderman Tom Tunney's office says thanks to the new Neighborhood Protection Ordinance, residents will see 10 additional Chicago police officers and 10 more Cubs personnel outside after every home game.

"The cops and the Cubs personnel actually do a pretty good job I think of trying to keep things as calm as they can be," Dietz says.

"That's not going to do anything," resident Eric Unger counters. "People pee in the streets all the time it doesn't matter if there's cops that are there."

For those heading into the game, they won't see much of a security difference. Although ballparks will have to beef up security by next year, White Sox fans got a taste of it at their home opener earlier this week.

The Cubs, though, will hold off.

Security expert Kevin Bouche says he's not surprised by some ballparks testing the measure early in Chicago.

"I think concealed carry does have something to do with it," he tells FOX 32. "We're the last state in the union to do it. It's new for us here and it is a concern, but it's also one of many concerns in this new paradigm we have of active shooter."

The hope for residents and businesses alike is to have a smooth and safe home Opening Day.

Extra police presence will become the norm after Cubs games.

The team has also added a free of charge remote parking lot on Rockwell and Irving. That will be open this weekend to help ease the traffic congestion.

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