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City tightening security around Fenway Park for Game 6

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Boston Red Sox fans were gathering outside Fenway Park on Wednesday hoping to be a part of a major celebration.

The parties in the past have been long and crazy. Crowds flooded the streets after the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004.

This year, the championship can be won in Boston and officials are taking extra precautions.

"We don't want to tarnish the image of Boston Strong. If you do celebrate, do so in a positive manner," one city policeman said.

Parking restrictions were put in place and fans were urged to take public transportation.

City officials have put restrictions on restaurants and bars near the ball park in an effort to control the crowds.

"After the fifth inning for example, we can't have anyone sitting outside. So we'll make sure we bring whoever's outside, inside. We'll lock up our chairs and tables so they don't become a threat," said Sweet Caroline's manager Manny Paula.

Sweet Caroline's and other bars will be covering their windows so people don't gather outside watching televisions.

Some area businesses have closed early just to keep people off the streets.

"I think the precautions that are taken are good. I wish people could come in after the seventh inning, but I also understand the public safety issue that goes along with it," Paula said.

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