Planning on Seeing the World Series Trophy This Weekend? Read This First
This Sunday, big things are happening in the Rockford area for Cubs fans, the World Series trophy is coming to Freeport and Rockford.
First things first, be prepared to spend most of your day in line.
Ok, that's the bad part, but the good part is that both facilities have plans in place to make this day more fun and less stressful.
Let's start in Freeport.
The trophy will be at the Masonic Temple in Freeport from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. I spoke with Denny Garkey, the founder of The Little Cubs Field in Freeport, and he said that doors will open to the Temple at 10:30 at which time everyone will be allowed inside to attend a Cubs rally in the auditorium before having their photo taken with the trophy.
In groups of 100, fans will be able to move out of the auditorium to see the trophy. The auditorium holds 1200 people, so everyone should be pretty comfortable while they wait to see the trophy. While fans wait, they can watch the final game of the World Series, sing Cubs songs and more.
While the trophy is only scheduled to be in Freeport until 1 p.m., Denny says that 1 p.m. is when they will make an official decision on how many additional fans will get the opportunity to see the trophy. One photo per person, bring your own camera.
Now onto the next stop on the Cubs trophy tour, the Rockford IceHogs game.
If you don't already have a ticket to the game, you are out of luck. According to the Rockford BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office, the game is completely sold out.
Now, if you do have a ticket, that doesn't actually guarantee that you'll get a chance to see the trophy, not unless you get there early.
According to Rockford IceHogs Director of Business Operations, Mike Peck, "We are estimating that people will start arriving to line up around 9-10 a.m., so it's going to be a little crazy."
And you might want to be there that early, because only the first 1,500 fans will be given a gold wristband ensuring their trophy photo opp. An additional 200 fans will be given a black wristband, which will give them trophy access if time allows.
So, get to sleep early Saturday because whichever trophy tour stop you're heading to Sunday will require you to be up before the sun.