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Mayor: City Would Support Cubs Watch Party at Wrigley Field

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There may not be any plans for a watch party at Wrigley Field yet, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is emphasizing the "yet."

Emanuel said during a press conference Tuesday that should the team decide to host one, the city is behind them. 

"If [the Cubs] want to do one, we'll support that effort to do one," he said. 

While the Cleveland Indians have been busy selling out watch parties at Progressive Field for the last three World Series games against the Chicago Cubs, fans hoping for a similar experience at Wrigley Field were disappointed.

As of Monday, there were no plans for the Cubs to host watch parties for Games 6 and 7 of the World Series at Wrigley Field, according to the Chicago Office of Emergency Management & Communications. The Cubs didn’t host watch parties for the first two games of the series either.

"It's up to them if they want to do one centrally and I've talked to ownership about it," Emanuel said. "If they want to, we're going to help them as a city."

All three watch parties in Cleveland during the World Series were sellouts, with fans watching the game on giant screens at Progressive Field. All profits from the tickets sold to the event, which ranged in price from $5-24, will be donated to local charities in the Cleveland area.

The Cubs obviously would not have been able to host any such parties in the past, as video boards were just added to Wrigley Field before last season. This year the team has not held any parties despite the new boards, and it appears that it will continue to refrain from doing so.

According to Cubs spokesman Julian Green, there will still be an increased security and police presence around Wrigley Field even without a watch party, as fans are expected to descend upon the Friendly Confines during Game 6 and Game 7, if necessary.

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