CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) – Overwhelming demand for a piece of history has prompted The Plain Dealer newspaper to print nearly 500,000 copies of its Monday edition proclaiming the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA champions.

Newspaper officials said Tuesday that the normal press run for a Monday is around 36,000 but anticipating that Sunday’s Game 7 would be one of the biggest sporting events in city history, the newspaper printed 180,000 copies.

Fans began flocking to the Plain Dealer’s suburban printing plant early Monday to buy copies after the Cavs clinched the title. Demand prompted the newspaper to print an additional 300,000 copies Monday.

Stores were restocked numerous times Monday after the newspaper printed extras.

Interstate 480 exits next to the printing plant were jammed with cars Tuesday as more people headed there to buy copies.

The newspapers are available at the Warren Tribune Chronicle, 240 Pine St. S.E., Warren for $1.50 each. There is a limit of three papers per person.

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