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A Green Bay Packers fan has sued the Chicago Bears after he was not allowed to wear his Green and Gold gear during an on-field, pregame fan experience at Soldier Field last season.
Russell Beckman, a Racine County native and a season ticket holder for both the Packers and the Bears, used a rewards points program for season ticket holders to get on-field access at Soldier Field before the Dec. 18, 2016 Green Bay-Chicago game.
Less than a week before the game, Beckman says he was notified via email that fans using the on-field warm up pass would not be allowed to wear gear of the opposing team. In the lawsuit, Beckman said he has worn Packers’ gear on the field at Soldier Field before the game in both 2014 and 2015 without issue.
Before the 2016 game, Beckman emailed the Bears’ ticket office several times, even once saying he planned “to file a civil action against the Chicago Bears in order to prevent this ham-handed and ill-conceived rule from being enforced next season” if he was denied the ability to wear Green Bay garb.
The Bears continued to say that the opposing team gear would not be allowed. Beckman still wore his Packers’ items to the game – and he was not allowed to partake in the pre-game experience.
In a phone conversation with TODAY’S TMJ4, Beckman said that he was aware of San Francisco 49ers fans who were also attempted to…
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