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Bears In Talks With City To Bring Fans Back To Soldier Field, Lightfoot Says

Experts have advised against larger gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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CHICAGO — The city is in discussions with the Bears to bring fans back to Soldier Field.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration is talking with officials from the Bears about the move, she said, though she revealed few details when commenting during an unrelated news conference Tuesday.

“Like any other Bears fan, of course I would like to be there,” Lightfoot said. “We’ve having conversations with the Bears and we’ll see where they lead.”

The Bears’ season officially started Sept. 13, but Soldier Field has been empty of fans due to the coronavirus pandemic. The team has games scheduled through Jan. 3.

Other Chicago teams that have played since the start of the pandemic, like the Sox and Cubs, were not able to have fans at their games. That’s because experts have advised against larger gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19.

But other cities have allowed their NFL teams to let groups of fans into home games. The Kansas City Chiefs are allowed to have about 16,000 spectators, for example.

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