Soldier Field Security Measures Announced

LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears and the Chicago Park District announced heightened security at Soldier Field for this weekend's contest versus the Vikings and all home games for the remainder of the 2001 season.

The following security measures have been implemented for the safety of all patrons and working staff at Bears home games:

• Coolers, bags, backpacks, fanny packs and large purses are banned from Soldier Field. Small women's purses (no larger than 8 by 11 inches in dimension) and all hand held items (including radios, binoculars, cameras, TVs etc) are highly discouraged and will be searched upon entry into the stadium.

•All fans are encouraged to arrive at Soldier Field early and have photo identification available at all times. Gate screenings will require more time than usual for fans entering the stadium. Gates to Soldier Field will still open two hours prior to kickoff on game days.

• Soldier Field will have an increased security presence at all remaining home games.

• Soldier Field has been under increased 24-hour security during the work week and restricted access since last week's tragedy in New York and Washington. These security measures on non-game days will continue throughout the season.

• Tailgating will be allowed prior to games in designated lots around Soldier Field. The Chicago Bears and the Chicago Park District appreciate all patrons patience and cooperation at Bears home games. Fans with questions regarding Soldier Field security issues can call 847-615-BEAR.

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