10/24/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Wrigleyville Going Dry For Playoffs?


Mayor Daley spoke out in favor of the seventh-inning booze ban and warned that bars that violate it could lose their liquor licenses.

"We don't want to see any incident outside, because if there is, that whole area will be voted dry tomorrow. Those citizens will get together and say, 'I'm gonna vote every precinct dry. I'll even vote Cubs Field dry. [...] I'm sorry. We're just talking about common sense. That's all this is. Because I'll tell you one thing -- if that community sees something they don't like, they will not have a bar. They will not have a liquor license. They will vote it completely dry."

Wrigleyville bars and restaurants will be asked to stop serving alcohol after the seventh-inning stretch during crucial Cubs playoffs game, Fran Spielman reported in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ray Orozco, executive director of the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications, said the proposed seventh-inning cutoff -- discussed at a playoff security meeting Monday -- would occur "only if it's a clinch game." Liquor sales could resume once the game is over, he said.

A similar moratorium is being considered for the area around U.S. Cellular Field during key White Sox playoff games.

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