CHICAGO, IL — As if Bears fans needed another reason to hate the Green Bay Packers, a fan of Chicago’s bitter NFC North foe has provided more fuel to the rivalry, moving it from the gridiron to the courtoom. Russell Beckman — a Mount Pleasant Packers fan who also has been a Bears season-ticket holder since 2003 — is suing to wear his Green Bay gear during on-field pregame warmup sessions at Solider Field, one of the game-day perks available to longtime season-ticket holders, Crain’s Chicago Business reports. The lawsuit, which lists the Chicago Bears and the NFL as defendants, was filed Friday in federal court in Chicago.
According to the lawsuit, Beckman has redeemed his season-ticket reward points to hang out on the sidelines while the teams warm up before home games for the past three NFL seasons. During the 2014 and ’15 seasons, he wore Green Bays Packers attire without the Bears objecting, the complaint said.
But that changed in the ’16 season, according to Crain’s. Days before December’s Chicago-Green Bay game, Beckman received a Bears email that stated ticket holders participating in the pregame warmup experience were prohibited from wearing the apparel of the opposing team. He was told the same thing when he contacted the Bears’ ticket office before the game, and on game day, Beckman wasn’t allowed on the sidelines, Crain’s reports.
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