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Cubs fans should probably take public transportation to Wrigley

For about $500, you can buy a ticket to Wrigley Field to see the Chicago Cubs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday. For about one-fifth of that, you can park your car within walking distance of the park.

That seems less than ideal, though it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. The area around Wrigley Field is busy and bustling. There’s not a lot of room for giant parking structures. The stadium opened all the way back in 1914. Cars and parking weren’t a huge concern back then.

There’s no official parking around Wrigley and tons of parking restrictions in the neighborhood, so the people who do make the decision to drive to Wrigley are left to park in the garages of enterprising homeowners. Each homeowner is left to set his or her own price, but a regular season game usually goes anywhere between $25 and $60.

The postseason has clearly brought a premium, which makes you wonder what they’ll be charging for the World Series should the Cubs make it that far.

Good luck parking near Wrigley Field during the NLCS. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

With that said, we can’t imagine many locals are too concerned. Chicago residents know you can take the “L,” Chicago’s public transportation system, directly to Wrigley. Just hop on the Red Line to the Addison stop. It’s that easy. For a fraction of the cost, you can get down to the park. The only difference is you might be crammed into a tight space with some strangers. But at least those strangers will also be rooting for the Cubs, right?

Look, Cubs’ fans are already paying a ton of money to see if their team can break a 108-year World Series drought. They might as well save a few bucks for an extra beer at the game. When the Cubs are playing in October, it’s always wise to have some extra beer money.

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!