Phillips Expects Fans In Stands At Soldier Field In Fall

"We're still extremely hopeful," Ted Phillips says.

670 The Score Staff
June 19, 2020 - 12:12 pm

(670 The Score) Bears president Ted Phillips believes fans will be in the stands when games are held at Soldier Field this fall.

Phillips expressed that line of thinking during a Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce virtual meeting Thursday.

"We’re still extremely hopeful, confident that we’re gonna have a season with fans," Phillips said, according to the Sun-Times. "It’s only good business practice to look at contingencies, and if we’ve learned anything in the past three months, it’s to expect the unexpected.

"But we’re still extremely hopeful."

Phillips didn't provide further details about how many fans might be in the stands or how the logistics would work amid social distancing guidelines in the coronavirus pandemic. After its teams conducted their offseason work virtually, the NFL is planning to open training camp as scheduled on the field in late July. 

The Bears and the rest of the NFL are preparing for positive COVID-19 cases. The league hasn't yet revealed its full policy for how testing will work. 

"With football, you have more physical contact, so we know there’s going to be some positive tests," Phillips said, according to the Sun-Times. "We know there will be in every sport ... When there’s enough testing and there’s quick results, we’ll be able to show the players that they can be kept safe.

"The goal is ... if someone tests positive, identify them, isolate them, treat them and keep moving on with our game. And I think we’ll be able to do that."