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Cubs fans can cheer for eternity!

FANS of the team that hasn't won the World Series in 101 years now have a place where they can wait an eternity for a title if necessary.

A red brick wall designed to resemble the one in center at Wrigley Field has been erected in a Chicago cemetery and is ready to accept the cremated remains of Cubs fans - inside US$800 Cubbie blue and white urns if they wish. Dedicated a few days ago, the wall with its stained-glass scoreboard has what Fans Forever president Dennis Mascari likes to call "skyboxes" to accommodate 288 "season-ticket holders."

There are four seats from Wrigley where loved ones can sit and recall shared afternoons at the ballpark.

There's even a small patch of lawn that Mascari said he snagged outside Wrigley when the team dumped it there after tearing it out to replace it.

"You can bring your family out here, you can have a game of catch," said Mascari, who envisions the 10-meter wide wall at Bohemian National Cemetery as a sort of eternal field of dreams.

"You can sit here and feel like you're at the ballpark," he said, adding he expected attendance to reach 15 or 20 within a month.

Jim Simkins, an owner of a funeral home, said, "If you read the death notices, they always say die-hard Cubs fans, grandma couldn't wait any longer for the Cubs to win the pennant," he said, chuckling. "Well, now they can wait there with all the other suffering fans."


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