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Metra, South Shore ban alcohol in anticipation of World Cup crowds

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The 23rd St. South Shore Line McCormick Place Metra Station could be shut down during the May 20-21 NATO Summit. Photographed on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. The 23rd St. South Shore Line McCormick Place Metra Station could be shut down during the May 20-21 NATO Summit. Photographed on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Because of an expected large number of World Cup soccer fans flocking into the city on Thursday, Metra and the South Shore trains are banning alcohol from all trains that day.

The viewing party in Millennium Park for the match at 11 a.m. Thursday “is expected to draw large crowds to downtown Chicago ... and Metra is expecting soccer fans from throughout the region will be using its service to attend,” a statement from the rail agency said.

“Due to the event, alcohol will be banned from all trains on Thursday,” the statement said. Metra will also be boosting its police presence on trains and in stations.

A party in Grant Park on Sunday for the U.S.-Portugal match drew more than 20,000 and Thursday’s event may draw even more.

“Riders should be aware that late morning and some evening rush-hour trains, as well as trains immediately before and after the event, are likely to be very full,” according to Metra, which advising riders to allow extra time for their commute.

Metra  and the South Shore said larger-than-normal ridership could lead to minor delays. "Expect crowded conditions on late morning rush hour trains and mid-day Chicago departing trains as fans return from the event."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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