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Cubs Fans Line Up At Wrigleyville Bars 15 Hours Before First Pitch

By Kelly Bauer | October 28, 2016 8:53am
 People lined up outside the Cubby Bear at 7 a.m. Friday to watch the game, which starts in 12 hours.
People lined up outside the Cubby Bear at 7 a.m. Friday to watch the game, which starts in 12 hours.
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WRIGLEYVILLE — After 71 years, what's a few more hours?

To Cubs fans, lining up outside bars near Wrigley Field was no big deal Friday morning. Some got there more than 15 hours before game time, trying to save some space for themselves for Game 3 of the World Series, the first held at Wrigley Field since 1945.

Listen to Kelly Bauer describe the early morning scene in Wrigleyville.

The game starts at 7:08 p.m. Friday.

With cover charges soaring to more than $250 for some bars, Wrigley bars are the place to be — if you can't get inside Wrigley Field. 


At the Cubby Bear, ESPN Radio was broadcasting its "Mike and Mike" show, another event that drew a crowd.

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Andrew Duvlisin, of Lakeview was the first in line at the Cubby Bear. He woke up about 4:15 a.m Friday and got there at 4:40 a.m. for the radio show, with the hopes of scoring tickets to the game through a raffle.

"This was a one-time chance thing," he said.


Sean Maupin, of South Carolina, flew up from Charlotte Thursday morning. He got to Cubby Bear at 6:15 a.m. Friday. He's still not sure where he'll watch the game.

"There's a lot of options — expensive options," he said.

"I grew up being a Cubs fan. I like the battle they've been through throughout the years," said Maupin, who grew up in Barrington.

Maupin said he plans to drink all day but he said he'll be good to watch the game.

Maupin's dad, Bill, grew up in Wrigleyville but now lives in South Carolina. He said he'll be drinking, but he'll pace himself. It's his birthday after all.

"I can't do it anymore," he said of Sean. "I'm not as young as him."


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