Don’t rule out the possibility of watching a Bears game in-person just yet. According to our friends at NBC 5 Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said conversations are ongoing between the team and the city to see if there’s a way to safely allow fans inside Soldier Field this season.
“Like any other Bears fan, I would like to be there,” she said in a Tuesday press conference. “We’re having conversations with the Bears and we’ll see where they lead. We’ll see.”
This isn’t much of a change, as Lightfoot mentioned in September that she was still in contact with the Bears, although they weren’t close to a solution last month. According to the Chicago Tribune, the city wants to see Chicago’s number of active COVID-19 cases go down before allowing fans in the stands. However, since then the number of active cases in Illinois has steadily increased.
Several NFL teams have decided to let a limited number of fans into the stands, including the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals. Other teams like the Baltimore Ravens have allowed a small number of family members to watch in-person.
The Bears still have five home games remaining, and will next play at Soldier Field on Nov. 1 when they host the New Orleans Saints.