CHICAGO – While some NFL teams are limiting capacity to allow fans in the stands, the Chicago Bears won’t have fans at Soldier Field to start the 2020 NFL Season.
In a statement Monday, the team 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.”
Chicago Bears statement on fans at Soldier Field: pic.twitter.com/uaUSxQJipx— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 17, 2020
The Chicago Bears say once it is ‘deemed safe’ fans will return.
“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.”
No date was set for when spectators might return over the course of the NFL season, as it’s something the team will continue to evaluate.
The first game at Soldier Field this year is scheduled for Sunday, September 20th against the New York Giants at Noon.
Only 11 of the NFL’s 32 teams have announced plans for fans in stands so far this year, including the Las Vegas Raiders who will begin the NFL Season in a new home, with no fans.