Green Bay Packers fan Russell Beckman is suing the Chicago Bears over his right to wear Packers gear on Soldier Field during pregame warmups he had access to through the team’s reward system, according to Danny Ecker of Chicago Business.
Beckman is a Wisconsin resident and has been a Bears season-ticket holder since 2003. He is suing the Bears in federal court and is looking for an order that allows him to wear Packers apparel on game day.
Chicago’s season-ticket rewards program, “STH Experiences,” was instituted in 2014.
The package offers reward points that can be used for a number of game-day events at Soldier Field, such as getting on the field for pregame warmups.
Beckman states that he was able to wear Green Bay gear on the field in 2014 and 2015 without any problems.
However, last season, prior to a game between the Packers and Bears on Dec. 18, Beckman received an e-mail stating that “no opposing team gear would be allowed.”
Beckman then proceeded to trade e-mails with workers about the policy, only to be reminded of what was stated in the original message. However, he showed up at the field in Green Bay attire anyway and was denied access.
He appealed to the NFL and sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell, but Goodell did not respond.
Beckman wrote that the Bears “deprived me of my ability to fully enjoy this specific on-field experience and the general experience of the Bears-Packers game at Soldier Field” and wants Chicago to be ordered not to enforce the rule from 2017 and beyond.