PEORIA, Ill. -- Hundreds of people made their way to Dozer Park Wednesday night to support their team in the World Series opener.
Various predictions cycled through the park but there was a majority consensus for the outcome of the 2013 World Series. Most fans said they hope to see the St. Louis Cardinals crowned champions for the second time in three years.
"It's just an exciting time to be able to have that home team that you can support," said Cards fan Paul Thompson. "They do so well and they live by the Cardinal way. It's nice to see an organization that brings up their own players from their farm leagues."
Dozer Park, home to the Cardinals affiliated Peoria Chiefs, hosted a free viewing party of the series opener.
More than 200 Cardinals fans sported their favorite gear, hoping to bring added luck for their team.
Long-time Cardinals fan Bill Kominski said his favorite memory comes from the Cardinals most recent World Series victory.
"It has to be 2011 when David Freeze came through in Game 6, but it has always been memorable," he said.
Wednesday's game was the first World Series showing at Dozer Park because in the past the Chiefs were owned by the Cubs.