Schedule Tidbits

The University of Illinois Fighting Illini and the Chicago Bears are scheduled to share the same field in 2002, Memorial Stadium in Champaign, but are scheduled for only one "doubleheader". The Illini host San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 21 and the Bears will entertain the New Orleans Saints the next day, Sunday, Sept. 22.

SUPER OPPONENTS: The Bears will face last year's Super Bowl opponents in back-to-back weeks, hosting New England on Nov. 10, and traveling to St. Louis for a Monday night contest against the Rams on Nov. 18. The last time the Bears faced the previous season's Super Bowl participants was in 1997 following the Packers 35-21 Super Bowl XXXI win over the Patriots. The Bears dropped a 38-24 decision to the Packers in the 1997 season-opener at Green Bay then lost at New England 31-3 in Week Four. The games also mark the eighth time in team history Chicago has faced both the previous season's Super Bowl teams with the Bears holding a 6-10 mark in those games.

WE MEET AGAIN: With the re-alignment of the divisions and Tampa Bay moving out of what used to be the NFC Central division, the Buccaneers won't escape a cold-weather date with the Bears, traveling to Champaign for the regular season finale on Dec. 29. The Bears are now in the NFC North with traditional rivals Green Bay, Detroit and Minnesota while Tampa Bay moves into the NFC South with Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans. Only two opponents, down from the usual four, will be based on 2001 standings. Those clubs are the NFC East champion Eagles and the NFC West champion Rams.

PARADE OF CHAMPIONS: The Bears will face Divisional champions in consecutive weeks, hosting NFC East champion Philadelphia on Nov. 3 and AFC East champion New England on Nov. 10 before traveling to St. Louis to take on the NFC West champion Rams on Nov. 18.

TICKET INFO: The Bears are currently accepting $100 per-seat non-refundable deposits for 10-game ticket packages for the 2002 season in Memorial Stadium. Fans interested in purchasing available 10-game ticket package locations should contact the Bears Champaign Sales Office at (888) 79-BEARS (23277) or via email at stadiumsales@bears.nfl.com. Individual game tickets will go on-sale in July. For more information about 2002 ticket sales and Memorial Stadium please visit the Bears website at chicagobears.com.


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