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Cemetery gives Cubs fans burial site

CHICAGO, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Ground was broken Friday for a burial site at a Chicago cemetery modeled after a portion of landmark Wrigley Field to accommodate die-hard Chicago Cubs fans.

Dennis Mascari said he chose to create "Beyond the Vines" at Bohemian National Cemetery for extremely loyal fans of the National League baseball team, whose stadium has an ivy-covered brick center field wall, the Chicago Tribune said Friday.

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"I'm trying to help with the bereavement process, because going through a cemetery -- cemeteries are beautiful, but they're still kind of gloomy," Mascari said. "I'm trying to change that process."

The 35-foot-long, 14-foot-high memorial wall will have a piece of stained glass modeled after Wrigley Field's iconic hand-operated scoreboard, the Tribune said.

Mascari told the newspaper that nearly 280 urns can be interred inside "eternal skyboxes" at the site through single, double, triple and home run packages costing up to $5,000.

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