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Fans asked to leave seats with storm expected at Soldier Field

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With storms approaching the Chicago area, fans are being asked to leave the seating area at Soldier Field and to enter covered concourses inside the stadium, the Bears said on Twitter.

Heavy rains and strong winds have hit the Chicago area on Sunday. According to WBBM-TV, a heavy storm cell that has produced a tornado is slated to be tracking through Chicago at about 2:31 p.m. Eastern.

Cook County, which is where Soldier Field is located, is under a tornado warning through 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

According to the Bears, the request to move out of the seats was with safety in mind.

The game has been temporarily suspended with Baltimore leading 10-0 in the first quarter, the Bears said.

According to the Bears, players will return to the field no sooner than 3 p.m. Eastern.

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48 Responses to “Fans asked to leave seats with storm expected at Soldier Field”
  1. rhabdodontidae says: Nov 17, 2013 1:46 PM

    This game should’ve been delayed until the tornado threat passed to the east.

    Storm near Peoria blew debris 15 000 feet into the air.

    This is not a joke.

  2. onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 1:49 PM

    Can I put $100 on a tornado NOT hitting the stadium? What’s the pay on that, 1:1?

  3. hatasgonnahate says: Nov 17, 2013 1:52 PM

    Thoughts go to all in the chicago area right now in the path of the storm..

  4. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 17, 2013 1:55 PM

    It’s insane in this city. Tornadoes touching down in the south suburbs and we’re not even halfway through the storm. The city hasn’t even seen the worst of it.

  5. isphet71 says: Nov 17, 2013 1:55 PM

    Scary. Hope everyone heeds the warning and stays safe.

  6. watchfullhose says: Nov 17, 2013 1:59 PM

    Where the heck are 70,000 people supposed to go? The stadium is probably the SAFEST place for them to be.

  7. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 17, 2013 2:01 PM

    John Madden shakes his head.

  8. attorneyfootballtalk says: Nov 17, 2013 2:02 PM

    Am I the only one to notice the NFL keeps delaying games due to any little sign of inclement weather? Let’m Play! Give the NFL lawyers (liability, liability, liability) Sunday off.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 17, 2013 2:05 PM

    Mohamed Sanu caught a ball… so…. anything is possible today.

  10. bostoncollie says: Nov 17, 2013 2:05 PM

    Ray Lewis blames Goodell for the storm delay…trying to prevent a Ravens blowout.

  11. darkneptune73 says: Nov 17, 2013 2:06 PM

    The Bears have more time to prepare, I see.

  12. onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 2:08 PM

    By the way, 15 people shot in Chicago last night. If Chicago could just outlaw bad weather then maybe the people in the stands would have something to worry about.

  13. maninbrown says: Nov 17, 2013 2:09 PM

    First the lights went out in the Superbowl, and now a Tornado delays the ravens game. We just can’t catch a break.

    But seriously, Hope everyone in the path of the storm gets to safety and makes it out with no serious injuries.

  14. cobaltdriver says: Nov 17, 2013 2:10 PM

    Next week we ll have SNOW

  15. wearesc13 says: Nov 17, 2013 2:13 PM

    hatasgonnahate says: Nov 17, 2013 1:52 PM

    Thoughts go to all in the chicago area right now in the path of the storm..

    _____________________________________

    Why in the world would anyone give that a thumbs down? There are some sick people out there.

  16. jakec4 says: Nov 17, 2013 2:17 PM

    Figures. Ray Rice finally gets going and this happens. Too bad the Bears corners can’t interfere with the track of the storm the same way they’re interfering the Ravens receivers.

  17. rcali says: Nov 17, 2013 2:18 PM

    Well, it will give time for the Bears to remember that there was a game today.

  18. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 17, 2013 2:18 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 17, 2013 2:05 PM
    Mohamed Sanu caught a ball… so…. anything is possible today.
    _____________________________

    But Dalton through a pick, so every thing is right in the world.

  19. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 17, 2013 2:22 PM

    God’s way of saying Flacco sucks.

  20. larryboodry says: Nov 17, 2013 2:33 PM

    Here in Champaign where I live the sun is out, but folks to the east in Indiana need to be safe. And all those in the path of these storms.

  21. eatitfanboy says: Nov 17, 2013 2:33 PM

    Ray Lewis is convinced that the league purposely brought the bad weather to the stadium to slow down the Ravens

  22. frank booth says: Nov 17, 2013 2:35 PM

    wearesc13 says: Nov 17, 2013 2:13 PM

    hatasgonnahate says: Nov 17, 2013 1:52 PM

    Thoughts go to all in the chicago area right now in the path of the storm..

    _____________________________________

    Why in the world would anyone give that a thumbs down? There are some sick people out there.
    ==================================
    Those are the weak-minded who will anonymously post a “thumbs-down”, yet they won’t reveal themselves or stand behind an opinion.

  23. onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 2:40 PM

    Wow I’m shocked – the storm moved through and nothing happened.

  24. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Nov 17, 2013 2:40 PM

    With all the technology available today in predicting weather. why on earth would you not reschedule the start time for this game to 3;00 pm and let the fans stay at home where they could be safe?

  25. onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 2:44 PM

    steelersfanfromtheseventies says:
    Nov 17, 2013 2:40 PM
    With all the technology available today in predicting weather. why on earth would you not reschedule the start time for this game to 3;00 pm and let the fans stay at home where they could be safe?

    ——

    You know what would be more safe – to just stay home and watch it on TV. Also you know what would be more safe for the players is if they got rid of tackling and just used flags.

  26. onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 2:48 PM

    steelersfanfromtheseventies says:
    Nov 17, 2013 2:40 PM
    With all the technology available today in predicting weather. why on earth would you not reschedule the start time for this game to 3;00 pm and let the fans stay at home where they could be safe?

    ———-

    By the way, if the game was a 3pm you would have everyone driving in during the worse part of the storm. You’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer are you?

  27. frank booth says: Nov 17, 2013 3:03 PM

    onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 2:40 PM

    Wow I’m shocked – the storm moved through and nothing happened.
    ==================================
    Yeah, that’s interesting, isn’t it.

    I’m not too sure if you’re familiar, but when severe weather is in a certain area, people will be warned to take cover, to minimize the chances of people getting hurt.

    And as you’ve just seen, very often, nothing happens, which is a good thing. It doesn’t mean that the warning wasn’t necessary, as weather and winds can be unpredictable.

  28. onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 3:09 PM

    frank booth says:

    Yeah, that’s interesting, isn’t it.

    I’m not too sure if you’re familiar, but when severe weather is in a certain area, people will be warned to take cover, to minimize the chances of people getting hurt.

    And as you’ve just seen, very often, nothing happens, which is a good thing. It doesn’t mean that the warning wasn’t necessary, as weather and winds can be unpredictable.

    ————-

    I’m with you bubba. I’m for evacuating Tampa Stadium there very well could be a sink hole under it that could open at any moment. In Philadelphia today the Redskins bus was egged – did anyone even consider that someone might be allergic to poultry before they pulled off a stunt like that? I mean what we need is more safety, not less. What if a fan was to catch a cold at the stadium from sitting in the rain and then go home and give that cold to an elderly relative – they could die from it! This is the reason I order everything from Amazon and just sit in my house and don’t go out, it’s safer that way. Well as long as there isn’t a sink hole under my house.

  29. leatherface2012 says: Nov 17, 2013 3:12 PM

    this is why every stadium should be domed

  30. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Nov 17, 2013 3:39 PM

    Depending if there as stupid as you.most people would stay at home and wait for the storm to pass.

  31. hockeyflow33 says: Nov 17, 2013 3:41 PM

    Domes are tornado-proof?

  32. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Nov 17, 2013 3:42 PM

    .

    onebucplace says:
    Nov 17, 2013 2:48 PM
    steelersfanfromtheseventies says:
    Nov 17, 2013 2:40 PM
    With all the technology available today in predicting weather. why on earth would you not reschedule the start time for this game to 3;00 pm and let the fans stay at home where they could be safe?

    ———-

    By the way, if the game was a 3pm you would have everyone driving in during the worse part of the storm. You’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer are you?

    Depending if there as stupid as you . Most people would stay home and wait for the storm to pass.

  33. rhabdodontidae says: Nov 17, 2013 3:42 PM

    @ onebucplace

    You are one grumpy gus.

    Your regularly scheduled programming was interrupted? Thank god you weren’t in the path of these things. You’d be helpless.

  34. onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 3:50 PM

    steelersfanfromtheseventies says:
    Nov 17, 2013 3:39 PM
    Depending if there as stupid as you.most people would stay at home and wait for the storm to pass.

    ————

    Oh OK, so the game starts at 3 but all the fans that paid $100 per seat will just sit home until 3 and wait for the storm to pass, then all drive to the stadium at the same time, park, get their sodas and hot dogs and be in their seats for the start of the 4th quarter.

    Also having all those people on the wet roads doesn’t sound very safe. They should wait until the roads dry first, that would be whats the most safe. Of course by then it’s night time and you have to wonder if they wouldn’t be more safe to drive in daylight when they can see better.

  35. thetooloftools says: Nov 17, 2013 3:55 PM

    So much for that “Windy City” brovado

  36. tempests98 says: Nov 17, 2013 4:03 PM

    A certain poster attempts to trivialize what was and continues to be a serious situation.

    Don’t know why he’s so worked up over the delay of a sporting event, but that’s me.

    This was a storm system that produced destructive tornadoes across Illinois and Indiana, Kentucky.

    The safety of the fans-not from egg throwing, a cold or wet roads, but from a dangerous weather system- needs to be prioritized over the NFL game.

  37. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Nov 17, 2013 4:04 PM

    onebucplace says:
    Nov 17, 2013 3:50 PM
    steelersfanfromtheseventies says:
    Nov 17, 2013 3:39 PM
    Depending if there as stupid as you.most people would stay at home and wait for the storm to pass.

    ————

    Oh OK, so the game starts at 3 but all the fans that paid $100 per seat will just sit home until 3 and wait for the storm to pass, then all drive to the stadium at the same time, park, get their sodas and hot dogs and be in their seats for the start of the 4th quarter.

    Also having all those people on the wet roads doesn’t sound very safe. They should wait until the roads dry first, that would be whats the most safe. Of course by then it’s night time and you have to wonder if they wouldn’t be more safe to drive in daylight when they can see better.

    Sorry i brought it up. And i apologize for calling stupid i was out of line.

  38. frank booth says: Nov 17, 2013 4:12 PM

    thetooloftools says: Nov 17, 2013 3:55 PM

    So much for that “Windy City” brovado
    =================================
    So with 60,000+ fans, and a tornado warning in effect, on a day where tornadoes have already touched down, it would have been intelligent to keep playing? That would have been called “Windy City Stupidity”.

    It’s “bravado”, by the way.

  39. onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 4:26 PM

    tempests98 says:
    Nov 17, 2013 4:03 PM
    A certain poster attempts to trivialize what was and continues to be a serious situation.

    Don’t know why he’s so worked up over the delay of a sporting event, but that’s me.

    This was a storm system that produced destructive tornadoes across Illinois and Indiana, Kentucky.

    The safety of the fans-not from egg throwing, a cold or wet roads, but from a dangerous weather system- needs to be prioritized over the NFL game.

    —————–

    I’m on your side, I don’t know why everyone doesn’t see that. This afternoon it was lightning in Georgia and I called Raymond James Stadium and warned them to evacuate the place, but they didn’t listen to me. Luckily no one was hurt but you just can’t be too safe.

  40. onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 4:41 PM

    steelersfanfromtheseventies says:
    Nov 17, 2013 4:04 PM

    Sorry i brought it up. And i apologize for calling stupid i was out of line.

    ————

    Apology accepted.

  41. onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 4:47 PM

    rhabdodontidae says:

    You are one grumpy gus.

    Your regularly scheduled programming was interrupted? Thank god you weren’t in the path of these things. You’d be helpless.

    —————-

    Actually I was watching the Bucs game. Also half my family on my mothers mother side was killed by a tornado in George in 1944 and we’ve had several tornadoes pass withing 3 miles of where I live over the last 6 years.

    Here is something I do know about tornadoes, probably the safest place you could be would be in a huge concrete building.

  42. tempests98 says: Nov 17, 2013 4:52 PM

    “I don’t know why everyone doesn’t see that”

    I don’t know why you don’t see that.

    Tornadoes in the area.

    TOR-NA-DOES.

    I await your next non sequitur.

  43. rhabdodontidae says: Nov 17, 2013 5:08 PM

    I’d like to know at what point in history an outdoor stadium was regarded as a storm shelter.

    City planners, goverment officials and meteorologists have all regarded a tornado hitting a crowded stadium as a disaster scenario.

    But you know better.

  44. frank booth says: Nov 17, 2013 5:11 PM

    onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 4:47 PM

    rhabdodontidae says:

    You are one grumpy gus.

    Your regularly scheduled programming was interrupted? Thank god you weren’t in the path of these things. You’d be helpless.

    —————-

    Actually I was watching the Bucs game. Also half my family on my mothers mother side was killed by a tornado in George in 1944 and we’ve had several tornadoes pass withing 3 miles of where I live over the last 6 years.

    Here is something I do know about tornadoes, probably the safest place you could be would be in a huge concrete building.
    ==================================
    But the trailer is still standing!

  45. onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 5:16 PM

    tempests98 says:
    Nov 17, 2013 4:52 PM
    “I don’t know why everyone doesn’t see that”

    I don’t know why you don’t see that.

    Tornadoes in the area.

    TOR-NA-DOES.

    I await your next non sequitur.

    —————–

    The safest place you could be in a tornado would be a huge concrete building. The worst place you could be would be in your car – exactly the place many people probably went when they found out there was a nearly 2-hour delay.

    However since there was no tornado anywhere near the stadium the point is mute.

  46. onebucplace says: Nov 17, 2013 5:19 PM

    rhabdodontidae says:
    Nov 17, 2013 5:08 PM
    I’d like to know at what point in history an outdoor stadium was regarded as a storm shelter.

    ——————–

    How many people have died in tornado hitting stadiums situations? I’ll take my chances in a stadium as opposed to being in my car or the parking lot.

  47. frank booth says: Nov 17, 2013 5:25 PM

    And, the point is moot.

  48. rhabdodontidae says: Nov 18, 2013 6:45 AM

    A stadium is not the safest place you can be.

    Safest place you can be is underground(yeah, that’s worth knowing).

    How many people have died in NFL stadiums? About the same as in the parking lot of one.

    Not sure what the argument is here. People shouldn’t be allowed to seek appropriate shelter, if it disrupts an NFL game, you weren’t even watching?

    The area was under a tornado warning. For some reason you are struggling with this concept.

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