The 108-year wait apparently unleashed a little extra exuberance from Chicago Cubs fans, as the city handed the team a hefty bill in the wake of their World Series celebration parade that attracted millions.
According to Leonor Vivanco of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs will pay off a $388,000 bill for damages to Grant Park and the surrounding area after an estimated five million fans showed up to watch the victory parade. The repairs include fixes the lawn, where large patches of grass have been trampled or torn up, along with sections of the fence.
Grant Park has previously hosted championship celebrations for the likes of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks (sorry, Bears fans, nothing for you), along with music festival Lollapalooza and Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech following the election. In some cases, those event organizers have also had to foot the bill to repair the park.
“I think it’s great that Grant Park is dead center for celebrations. It’s just that we have to improve the park even more so,” said Bob O’Neill, president of the Grant Park Conservancy. He added that the wet weather in October also contributed to the damage.