CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 16: Fans make their way into Soldier Field for the NFL game between the Chicago Bears and the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field on September 16, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bears protest group, BearFansUnited, isn’t satisfied with the billboard they managed to have put up on Hintz Road in Arlington Heights.
They want national exposure for their "Fire the Bears Staff" message. But they need help.
BearFansUnited is asking ticket holders for tonight’s Bears/Vikings game to participate in a Walk-In, meaning they would like fans to hold off on sitting in their seats until after kick off.
"That way, when ESPN’s cameras pan across the stadium, it’ll look like no one is there," said Andrew Gasser, the man behind BearFansUnited.
So why not just skip the game?
"It’s not fair to ask ticket holders to ditch their game because the team is so bad. A statement needs to be made, but tickets are expensive, and some people will never get another chance to go," Gasser said.
Gasser said he took inspiration from other football protests, like when a gaggle of Detroit Lions fans walked out of a game during halftime to add fuel to the fire Matt Millen movement.
Even so, BearFansUnited are facing a slight hitch -- they claim their web site's been hacked.
Gasser said he posted instructions for the Walk-In protest to his site, BearFansUnited.org, but that someone tinkered with his page and redirected traffic somewhere else.
Now the page is busted.
"I talked to GoDaddy and they said it wasn’t them, and it wasn’t our guys who changed it," Gasser said. "I’m just saying."
GoDaddy declined to verify any information with NBC citing security concerns.
Gasser said the instructions are simple, though. Just don’t sit down until after the kick off.
Also, keep an eye out for a special type of Bears protest propaganda that may or may not be projected on the side of Soldier Field after the game.