The Chicago Bears announced in a tweet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday August 17, 2020 that there will be no fans in Soldier Field for football games at least at the beginning of the season. The decision was based on analyzing current health metrics to determine whether the time was right to allow “in-person fans” in the stadium.
The Chicago Bears, Soldier Field’s management partner, ASM Global, the Chicago Park District and public health officials have worked together to assess whether a responsible plan that follows City, State, CDC, and NFL guidelines could safely be developed to accommodate a limited number of fans at Soldier Field this season. After discussing a draft plan with City health officials, the Bears and the City of Chicago agreed that the health metrics show it is not the right time to welcome fans back to Soldier Field. The health and safety of the city’s residents and fans of the Bears will always take priority. The team and the City will continue to monitor the environment and believe that there can be a sound plan in place to bring back fans to Soldier Field once it is deemed safe and appropriate. Until then, Bears games will not include in-person fans.
— Chicago Bears on Twitter
Fans were awaiting the decision by the Chicago Bears. They are now among a few teams who have announced that there won’t be “in-person fans” for the start of 2020. Some NFL teams have announced plans to have a limited number of fans in their stadiums for the upcoming season. The Kansas City Chiefs will open their stadium to 22 percent capacity at the beginning of the 2020-21 season.
Chicago Bears statement on fans at Soldier Field: pic.twitter.com/uaUSxQJipx
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 17, 2020
Reactions were swift on Twitter …
“Chicago Bears are doing it right. No fans = Putting safety first. The Champs should be leading by example. Some things are bigger than football.” … referring to the Kansas City Chiefs allowing in-person fans.
This state is an embarrassment. Way to cave @ChicagoBears they’re showing movies in the lots but God forbid fans. @chicagosmayor @GovPritzker that’s thousands who continue on unemployment with no fans.
Thanks for putting the health and safety of your fans over ticket sales. I’m looking forward to cheering on the Monsters of the Midway from home.
Kudos to the @ChicagoBears for announcing this relatively early. Hopefully there will be a @NFL season. If so, I’ll be rooting like hell for you all as always. #BearDown #drdaveoncall
It sucks, but it’s for the best!
This is the smart, responsible move.
We have finalized plans for a reduced capacity of approximately 22 percent to kick off the 2020 season.https://t.co/AdT6uUFEbi
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 17, 2020
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