For Now, Bears Have No Plans To Welcome Fans

The city and the Bears will monitor the health and safety outlook as it changes.

Chris Emma
August 17, 2020 - 6:54 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bears don't currently plan to welcome fans to their home games at Soldier Field when the regular season begins, the team announced Monday evening. They left open the possibility that fans could be allowed if the health and safety outlook improves amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bears and city of Chicago reached the decision, citing local COVID-19 health metrics. The Bears are set to host the Giants in their home opener on Sept. 20.

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"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 be developed to safely accommodate a limited number of fans at Soldier Field this season," a team statement said.

"After discussing a draft plan with city health officials, the Bears and the City of Chicago agreed the health metrics show that 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 city will continue to monitor the environment and believe there can be a sound plan in place to bring fans back to Soldier Field once it is deemed safe and appropriate. Until then, Bears home games will not include in-person fans."

The state of Illinois is currently allowing up to 20% capacity for outdoor venues, which would include Soldier Field. However, the city of Chicago hasn't given such approval on that front.

On Monday, the Chiefs announced they'll welcome fans at a reduced capacity of around 22% into Arrowhead Stadium in 2020. Kansas City hosts Houston in the NFL season opener on Sept. 10.

Chicago opens its season at Detroit on Sept. 13.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.