Bears Offering Refunds For 2020 Season Tickets

The Bears are preparing for the likelihood of only limited fans at Soldier Field.

Chris Emma
June 29, 2020 - 1:48 pm

(670 The Score) While preparing for the likelihood of only a limited crowd for home games at Soldier Field in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Bears are offering season-ticket holders the right to a refund.

As part of the offer, Bears season-ticket holders will retain the right to purchase season tickets for the 2021 season. While the NFL is continuing to press forward with its 2020 regular season as scheduled, the league is also preparing for games to be played in empty stadiums -- or perhaps with a limited capacity of fans if local governments would allow it. 

"Our hope is to build a model that provides the opportunity to see the Bears play this fall to as many season-ticket holders as possible," the Bears said in a letter to season-ticket holders Monday.

The NFL will allow teams to determine their fan capacities for in conjunction with local authorities -- rather than implementing a uniform approach for all 32 teams -- according to a report last week.

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The state of Illinois is currently in its fourth phase of reopening, one that will allow outdoor venues such as stadiums to seat spectators at a capacity of 20%, provided those seats create a social distance between different parties and those entering are in good health and wearing a face covering. However, Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city isn't ready for that stage just yet.

"My hope is that over time, we will get to a place where we can start to see some fans in the seats at stadiums and other venues," Lightfoot said last week.

"Right now, that means in the short term reopening but without fans actually physically present."

As part of fans returning to Illinois stadiums, the state will prohibit tailgating. Each venue will be required to designate employees to monitor capacity limits and social distancing. 

The Bears are scheduled to host the Browns at Soldier Field on Aug. 15 in their preseason opener. Chicago's regular-season home opener is against the New York Giants on Sept. 20.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.