Officials Ask Baseball Fans to Cheer Responsibly

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Sunday, Mar 31, 2013  |  Updated 9:33 AM CDT
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As Chicago baseball season winds up Monday, Chicago officials are asking baseball fans to enjoy the season responsibly.

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, elected officials, city departments and representatives from the White Sox and Cubs organizations want residents and fans to be safe, adhere to season parking bans and cheer on, or cheers, their teams responsibly.

"Opening day is an exciting time for baseball fans throughout the city, and we remind visitors to both ballparks to be mindful of their surroundings and to be respectful of the communities near the ballparks," OEMC Executive Director Gary W. Schenkel said in a statement. "It's important that fans keep safety in mind, obey police and traffic aides and comply with parking restrictions and enforcement."

Opening day marks the start of parking chaos, congested traffic and lots of celebrating for residents and baseball fans.

The Chicago Police Department said they will enforce alcohol consumption laws, including DUIs and public intoxication.

Police are also warning the public that peddling of goods without a license is prohibited and selling or soliciting the sale of residential parking passes is illegal.

The White Sox are the first at bat for the 2013 season as they face off with the Kansas City Royals Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Cubs will step up to the plate at Wrigley Field April 8.

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