Just days after the state of Illinois moved into the final phase of its coronavirus reopening plan, the Chicago Bears announced Wednesday that they will allow 100% capacity for home games at Soldier Field this fall.
The Bears confirmed the news in a letter to season ticket holders, saying that they appreciate the patience of fans over the last 15 months.
“We are thankful and humbled by the unwavering passion you have shared with us,” Team President Ted Phillips said. “Once again, it’s time to enjoy Bears football in-person!”
The Bears did not have fans in the stands for any of their games during the 2020 season.
Deep cleaning and disinfecting protocols will remain in place at high-touch areas, according to the team. Fully vaccinated fans and staff will not be required to wear masks, but those who are not fully vaccinated will be encouraged to wear facial coverings.
Touchless entry, already in place at several other Chicago stadiums, will be used by the Bears, meaning that fans will not have to remove phones and keys from their pockets. All tickets will be presented to gate attendants on mobile devices, according to the team.
Other protocols will be announced at a later date.
In case Bears fans need a reminder, here is the team’s home schedule:
Aug. 14 vs. Miami, Noon
Aug. 21 vs. Buffalo, Noon
Regular Season –
Sept. 19 vs. Cincinnati, Noon
Oct. 3 vs. Detroit, Noon
Oct. 17 vs. Green Bay, Noon
Oct. 31 vs. San Francisco, Noon
Nov. 21 vs. Baltimore, Noon
Dec. 5 vs. Arizona, Noon
Dec. 20 vs. Minnesota, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 2 vs. New York Giants, Noon
More information can be found on the team’s website.